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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.
intending to hike should allow at
least four hours to journey to the top
of the mesa from the parking area