A vast prehistoric sea that covered what's now northwestern Oklahoma colored the soil a deep red-brown -- and left a few other surprised as well. Like the cedar-flecked canyons in Roman Nose State Park, carved by receding water, or the Alabaster Caverns, the world's largest gypsum-lined cave. Shifting sand dunes tower 40 feet high at Little Sahara State Park and the 4,973-foot-high, lava topped Black Mesa near Kenton was created by an ancient volcano. The mesa, the state's highest point, has long been a have for wildlife and for hikers -- some of them bigger than others, as nearby dinosaur footprints testify. The prairies were once dotted with tipis; northwest Oklahoma were the winter campgrounds for the Cheyenne-- the last great herd of buffalo on the Oklahoma plains was spotted near Fort Supply in the 1870s. Two decades later, the largest of all the land runs took place when the Cherokee Outlet was opened in1893 to settlement. In a single afternoon, 100,000 men and women raced to claim 160-acre quarter-sections; some of their great-grandchildren still live on original homesteads. In Aline, the Sod House Museum shelters the only remaining sod house in the state, built in 1849.
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Roman Nose Riding Stables, located in scenic Roman Nose State Resort Park is Oklahoma's newest and most exciting equestrian playground. Roman Nose Riding Stables offer one, two, or three-hour trail rides over some of the most picturesque canyon country the state has to offer., OK Equestrian Trails
The State Park offers both waterfront and wooded primitive and RV campgrounds. Sandy Beach has 34 primitive and 27 RV sites at Area 1 and approximately 43 primitive sites at Area ll, and a swim beach with bathhouse. The Salt River Road Area has 36 RV sites and 15, OK Camping
Some of the items in the museum came from the people who came by covered wagon to homestead in what is now Ellis County, Oklahoma in the the late 1890s and early 1900s. There are household items (tables, pie cabinet, bed, dishes, more), personal items (powder boxes, watches, mirrors, more)Shattuck, OK Museums