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Red Rock Canyon State Park, OK Events

February

Bitter Creek Frontier Days Watonga

16Annual Chamber Banquet Watonga

21 - 22 SWOSU Jazz Festival Weatherford - Free concert on Thursday evening with ticketed concerts scheduled on Friday at 1 and 8pm. Handicap Accessible. ... more

March

12 - 14 Watonga Trout Derby Watonga - 1st weekend. ... more

April

1Blaine County Farm and Garden Show and Banquet Watonga - There will be exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, door prizes, awards and a free evening meal. ... more

2 - 3 Annual Spring Rock Swap Show Hinton - Rock hounds are flocking to Red Rock Canyon State Park at Hinton for the Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society's Annual Spring Swap Show. Collectors will b ... more

10Pioneer Days Watonga - Parade, Wagon Train, Bed Races, Cow Chip and Horseshoe Tournaments, Live Entertainment, Food and Games. ... more

May

1 - 2 Kiowa Black Leggings Society Dance Anadarko - The annual Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial is held at Indian City Ceremonial Campgrounds in Anadarko, Oklahoma. In honor of warriors a ... more

7 - 9 Vietnam Veteran's Celebration Anadarko - Powwow honoring veterans from the Vietnam War. Includes victory, gourd and social dancing, contests in arts and crafts, war mother ceremony and songs, ... more

7 - 8 Crosstie Entertainment LLC Rodeo and Dance Hinton - PRCA Rodeo and Dance. Fri-Sat 8pm nightly. Handicap Accessible. ... more

June

Watonga Townwide Garage Sale Watonga

21 - 22 Anadarko Riding Club Rodeo Anadarko - Rodeo Queen crowning, Rodeo competition. ... more

July

2Honor America Day Anadarko - There will be a fishing contest, Soap Box Derby, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Presentation of Colors at the Flag Pole N. of swimming pool, a men's fa ... more

4Watonga Independence Celebration Watonga

10O-Ho-Mah Lodge Ceremonial Anadarko - Pipe dance ceremonials, war dance, social dancing and tail dance presentations will be performed. 9:00 AM. ... more

23 - 24 Annual Hinton Kiwanis Club IPRA Champ. Rodeo Hinton - One of Oklahoma's longest running rodeos ( 1931), this annual IPRA rodeo includes a downtown parade on Saturday at 5:00pm. Rodeo, 8pm. Handicap Access ... more

August

29 - 1 Wichita Annual Dance Anadarko - Dancing, Arts & Crafts & Vendors. 1:00 PM to Sunday, 11:00 PM. ... more

31Golf Tournament Watonga - Sponsored by the Watonga Fire Department. Proceeds will benefit the Oklahoma Childrens Cancer Association Camp and the local Youth Benefit. The tourna ... more

5 - 7 Blaine County Free Fair Watonga

19 - 24 American Indian Exposition Anadarko - Held annually in August, generally during the first week, at the Caddo County Fairgrounds in Anadarko, this week long festival features 15 tribes, pro ... more

23 - 28 Caddo County Free Fair and Horse Show Anadarko - Exhibits in 4-H, FFA, OHCE and open classes, as well as livestock shows and expositions. ... more

September

28 - 29 Town Wide Garage Sale Hinton - Hinton Annual Town wide Garage Sale - Labor Day Weekend! Over 100 Garage Sales plus Sidewalk Sales. Also visit historic and beautiful Red Rock Canyo ... more

October

24 - 25 Watonga Cheese Festival and Arts Show Watonga - Held the second weekend in October, the Watonga Cheese Festival and Arts Show is the biggest shin-dig of the year in Watonga. Events include a cheese ... more

25Autumn Festival and Car Show Anadarko - Arts & crafts, car show, entertainment and fun games for the kids. 8 AM to 6 PM. ... more

2Halloween Carnival Watonga

2 - 3 Kiowa Black Leggings Society Dance Anadarko - The annual Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial is held at Indian City Ceremonial Campgrounds in Anadarko, Oklahoma. In honor of warriors a ... more

2Hinton Arts & Crafts Festival Hinton - Indoor show featuring fine art, pottery, crafts, jewelry, photography, statuary and yard ornaments, children's craft workshops, giant inflatables and ... more

2Hinton Cruisers Car Show Hinton - Car show offering awards in best of category and best of show. Registration is from 9am-11am and the show is from 11am-4pm. Handicap Accessible. ... more

9Black Dog Night Watonga

November

27Holiday Celebration Anadarko - Illuminated trees along Central Boulevard lead the holiday traveler toward beautiful Randlett Park, transformed into a holiday wonderland of over 75 l ... more

December

20Holiday Festival & Bazaar Watonga - ... more

27Christmas Craft Show Hinton - Indoor show featuring crafts, fine art, gifts, home and garden decor, candles and food items. Children's craft workshop and food concessions also avai ... more

28Holiday Celebration Anadarko - Illuminated trees along Central Boulevard lead the holiday traveler toward beautiful Randlett Park, transformed into a holiday wonderland of over 75 l ... more

Red Rock Canyon State Park Camping

Red Rock Canyon Camping
Red Rock Canyon CampingRed Rock Canyon is one of the most beautiful examples of nature's artwork in Oklahoma. Wind and water have shaped 260 million-year-old deposits from the Permian geological period into the natural sculpture you see today. A spring-fed creek still flows year-round in the canyon and large trees provide the right kind of scene for a park.

For the Tenter: Red Rock Canyon has 37 unimproved, tent type campsites located in the Canyon Campground portion of the park. Each site has a parking space, concrete picnic table and ground fire grill. Water and comfort stations are located nearby.

RV Camping: Canyon Campground has 5 modern (water, sewer &electric) type campsites and 18 semi-modern (water & electric) type campsites. California Road Campground has 28 semi-modern (water & electric) type campsites, one of which is a handicap R V campsite with 50-amp electric service, and 4 of which are pull-through.

Red Rock Canyon State Park welcomes R V Clubs and Groups. For these groups we offer the California Road Campground as a reservation area so all participants can camp together in one campground.

The park has 4 conveniently located modern comfort stations with hot showers and flush toilets. There is an RV dump station located in the park.

Some discounts off camping fees are available for RV organizations, senior citizens (limited) and disabled campers. Please ask the park office or park rangers for details.

Other features include a small 1/4 acre pond, a handicapped accessible swimming pool with a bathhouse, a concession stand, a playground, a volleyball court, several unmarked hiking trails along the canyon sides and rim, and two short interpretative nature trails: the Rough Horsetail Trail (interesting variety of plant life) and the California Road Trail (wagon tracks can still be seen). Fall is an especially auspicious time to visit when the trees in the canyon display their colors. From rock climbers to armchair geologists, visitors will find Red Rock Canyon State Park an appealing destination.

The swimming pool is located in Canyon Campground. The pool is open from the Memorial Day holiday weekend through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Regular days of operation through the week are Tuesdays through Sundays, closed on Mondays. A fee is required to swim. Season swim passes are available.

Red Rock Canyon State Park Hiking Trails

Red Rock Canyon Trails
Red Rock Canyon TrailsRed Rock Canyon features two wonderful nature trails.

The Rough Horsetail Nature Trail is located in the Caddo Maple Conservation Area portion of the park at the bottom of the steep entrance hill. This 0.4 mile loop trail is marked with interpretive signs. Trail difficulty is mild.

The California Road Nature Trail is located in the California Road Campground. It is a 0.2 mile round trip dead end trail that takes you to a beautiful canyon overlook. The trail has an information display at the trailhead. Trail difficulty is moderate, due to the steep incline of the trail.

Caution! While hiking is permitted along the canyon rim, there are no maintained hiking trails in that area. The sandstone around the canyon rim can be very unstable and slippery and extreme caution is advised. It is recommended that you stay away from the canyon rim itself.

Red Rock Canyon State Park Rappelling

Red Rock Canyon Rock Climbing
Red Rock Canyon Rock ClimbingRed Rock Canyon is one of the most popular rappelling sites in Oklahoma. Visitors must bring their own ropes and gear and use the park's canyon walls at designated rappelling sites only to participate in this exciting activity. Rappelling is done at the visitor's own risk and could result in serious injury. Ropes and other gear are not available for rent or use from the park.

From the surrounding rolling plains, the canyon itself is about 150 feet deep. The vertical canyon walls and overhanging cliffs seen from the canyon floor are as much as 60 feet high but are generally 45 to 50 feet in height. The tallest vertical canyon wall, located as the backdrop wall to the pond, is 74 feet at its highest point.

Red Rock Canyon State Park Landmarks

California Road Trail
Red Rock Canyon became a landmark on the California Road, the pioneer trail that led westward from Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. During the 1849 California Gold Rush, it was a haven for weary travelers. The canyon provided fresh water, grazing for livestock and a place to rest and repair their wagons.

The discovery of gold in California occurred in January 1848. When reliable news reached Americans in the East and was widely published in newspapers and gazettes in the fall of 1848, the country went wild with gold fever excitement. All across the land people dropped what they were doing and prepared for the adventure west – CALIFORNIA OR BUST!

There were several ways of traveling to the gold country. The sea voyage took prospectors either by way “around the horn” of Cape Horn, Chile, South America, or by way across Panama and Nicaragua of Central America. Both sea routes terminated in San Francisco, the jumping off place to the gold fields. The land voyage took prospectors overland by northern routes such as the Oregon Trail, Morman Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail.

Less well known was a southern overland route called the California Road Trail. The trail started at Ft. Smith, Arkansas, followed the south bank of the Canadian River (South Canadian River today) through Indian Territory (Oklahoma), then across the Staked Plains of the Texas Panhandle and on to Santa Fe, New Mexico. There the trail connected with existing Spanish trails traveling west to California.

This southern route along the Canadian River had been known for many years previous to the gold rush. It was an established trade route through Indian Territory. American explorers included Stephen H. Long (1821), Josiah Gregg (1839-40), and Nathan Boone (1843). The Cherokee scout, Jesse Chisholm (1839) was also familiar with routes through western Indian Territory.

Captain Randolph B. Marcy led a party of about 500 settlers west in 1849. He commanded 80 soldiers from the 1st Regiment of Dragoons and the 5th Regiment of Infantry. They used the famous Delaware scout Black Beaver to guide them on their way. This party left Ft. Smith in April and reached Santa Fe on June 28, 1849.

Edward F. Beale used this California Road Trail in November 1858 as he surveyed a proposed route for a railroad to Santa Fe. This railroad was not built because of the Civil War. After the Civil War, the California Road remained an active and important road west until railroads were finally built through Indian Territory in the 1880's and 1890's. The remains of the abandoned Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad roadbed makes up the west boundary of Red Rock Canyon State Park. The roadbed can be seen at the end of this nature trail.

Today, the California Road trail ruts remain as a monument to an important episode in the development of the United States.

Red Rock Canyon State Park Fishing

Red Rock Canyon Fishing
Red Rock Canyon has a fishing pond located in Canyon Campground. The pond is stocked locally with Largemouth Bass, Catfish and Bluegill. Lots of fun for anglers of all ages. An Oklahoma Fishing License is required for those 16 and over.