Black Mesa offers opportunities to not only hike, but dream

Black Mesa in the Oklahoma Panhandle is a sought-after destination for thousands each year. People are drawn to the hiking, astronomy, rare plants and animals, campsites and dinosaur tracks.

by Bryan Painter Modified: July 7, 2010 at 4:36 am •  Published: July 7, 2010
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KENTON — Some travel to the area around Black Mesa because they can see forever, or seemingly hike forever.

Others go because they can dream forever.

By the time June's...

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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IF YOU GO
Black Mesa State Park

Where: Located about 15 miles from the nature preserve, Black Mesa State Park is adjacent to Lake Carl Etling.

Amenities: Recreational vehicle and tent campsites, picnic facilities, a playground, restrooms with showers and a group camp with bunkhouses.

Hours: Dawn to dusk.

Hiking: Those

intending to hike should allow at

least four hours to journey to the top

of the mesa from the parking area

and back.

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