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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Day trips, 3 to 5 days, can be designed for your specific interests. The trips can include rodeos, trail rides, outlaw hideouts, fantasy adventures, and more. You can also take the opportunity to tour a feedlot, cattle auction or other areas where you see today's cowboy at work.Guymon, OK Tours
The Garfield County Court House built in 1934, is more than a government center for records and civic business. Walk around the beautifully landscaped square and see the sculpture of the Tri-State Music Festival by artist, Tasso Pitsiri, and the Boy Scout Statue of Liberty presented in 1950.Enid, OK Historic Courthouses
The homestead house from the Strong City-Kendall area is an original log cabin from the early 1900s that has been restored and furnished to period details. Look for all hidden treasures with self-guided posters to help you see more into the life of the pioneers.Cheyenne, OK Pioneer History
The Santa Fe Trail is thought to be the oldest and longest commercial highway across the Great Plains, from Franklin on the Missouri River east of present Kansas City nearly 800 miles southwest to Santa Fe of today's New Mexico. A direct path across the plains (the Cimarron Route or Cut-off)Boise City, OK Pioneer History