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Black Mesa State Park, OK Events

January

29Cimarron County Farm and Ranch Show Boise City - A trade show of agriculture equipment and supplies. From 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Cimarron County New Fair Building. ... more

March

4 - 10 Tagged Trout Fishing Derby Boise City

April

Miss Cimarron County Pageant Boise City - Contact Jeanne Lathrop at (580) 544-3265 for more information. ... more

Trout Fishing Tournament Boise City

May

8 - 9 Skelly Memorial Ranch Rodeo Boise City - Memorial Weekend - A ranch rodeo consisting of area ranches competing in memory of local cowboys. Time 2:00pm Contact Don Prather (580) 426-2416 or ... more

June

20 - 23 Santa Fe Trail Daze Boise City - The first weekend in June each year is Boise City's Santa Fe Trail Daze, a celebration to rekindle the spirit of the Old West and remind children of t ... more

21 - 22 Wildflower Workshop Boise City - Join the Oklahoma Native Plant Society for the Annual WILDFLOWER WORKSHOP, held this year at the Cimarron Heritage Center Museum. Theme: "Dinosaurs ... more

July

4Fireworks at the Football Stadium Boise City

September

3Living History Day Boise City - For all students and teachers and public. ... more

October

18Santa Fe Trail Tour Boise City - Sponsored by Cimarron Heritage center. Reservations needed. ... more

8Holiday Bazaar Boise City - Sponsored by Eta Alpha Sorority. ... more

Black Mesa State Park Camping

Black Mesa Park Campgrounds
Black Mesa Park CampgroundsBlack Mesa State Park offers 2 campgrounds and a group camp adjacent to Lake Carl Etling providing 64 Campsites, picnic facilities, 2 boat ramps and a mooring buoy, fishing, a playground, restrooms with showers and a group camp with 12 bunkhouses to accommodate 132.

2 picnic areas with 18 charcoal grills
One modern comfort station (with hot water and showers)
26 concrete tables
15 individual shelters and one group shelter
Eight pit latrines
Eight electrical trailer outlets
One group camp with 14 buildings (132 capacity)
Two camping areas
One playground with equipment
Boating (6 miles per hour)
Three boat ramps
Fishing year round in channel (Lake section is closed November 1 to February 1 for wildlife protection.

Black Mesa State Park Archaeology

Black Mesa Archaeology
Black Mesa ArchaeologyBlack Mesa's history began millions of years ago when pre-historic beasts like the 65 foot-long brontosaurus, who skeleton was discovered here, roamed the area. Petrified logs, displayed in the park, are remnants of another era, also millions of years past. Primitive man entered the picture, according to scientific theory, some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, and cliff dwellers are thought to have lived in the caves near Black Mesa 1500 to 2000 years ago.

Coronado and his Spanish exploring expedition crossed the area. An inscription "Coronatto, 1541, " in old Castillian style and spelling, is carved upon a canyon wall. Its eroded condition upholds its authenticity.

The famed Santa Fe Trail crossed this corner of the Panhandle during its colorful 62 years of life, and over it passed wagon trains and thousands of travelers between Independence, Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The remains of old Fort Nicholas, established by Colonel Kit Carson for protection of travelers from hostile Indians, are still to be found southwest of the park area, near the New Mexico State line. The Panhandle became part of Oklahoma territory in 1890 and the State in 1907.

The fascinating past is revealed by Indian writings and pictographs. These crude writings and pictures show the daily life of the pre-Columbian Plains Indians and the animals they hunted.

Remnants of pumpkin vines and ears of corn support a theory that this was one of the earliest agricultural areas in the United States, cultivated during the time of Christ. Some experts believe the petrified logs found in abundance may be parent trees to the present giant Redwoods of California.

Black Mesa State Park Trails

Black Mesa Hiking
Black Mesa HikingBird watchers, rock and fossil hounds, archaeology buffs, campers and anglers find common ground at Black Mesa named for a lava-topped mesa 8 miles north of Black Mesa State Park. At 4,973 feet, Black Mesa, formed 30 million years ago, is the highest point in Oklahoma and it extends for 45 miles into New Mexico and Colorado. The highest point can only be reached by a fairly challenging, 4 mile hiking trail and is marked by a granite monument. Around the park itself, travelers find dinosaur pits, American Indian pictographs and volcanic rock formations.