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Spring in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Oklahoma

Spring in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Oklahoma

The beauty of the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is not something you expect from Oklahoma. Nestled in the Wichita Mountain range, you can find herds of bison, Texas longhorns, elk and deer freely roaming the Refuge. In fact, I would say you can find an abundance of wildlife there.

prairie dog wichita mountain wildlife refuge oklahoma

This is 60,000 acres prestige land. Your kids can be as dumbstruck by the buffalo and amused by the prairie dog heads popping up as the children of pioneers as they traveled westward. As you drive along the roads you can imagine what this landscape looked like when men lived in harmony with the environment instead of bending it to suit their will. The buffalo here were descendants of the Goodnight Buffalo Herd now at Caprock Canyons State Park, by way of the New York Zoological Society, and were reintroduced in 1907.

wichita mountains oklahoma bison

There are quite a few lakes here with charming names like Caddo and Lost Lake. Hiking trails both short and long are here, including a 5.7 mile trail called Bison Trail. If you are the sporting type, you can fish and camp near them as generations have before. This is the oldest wildlife refuge in America, set aside in 1901. As we were surveying the spring flowers across the gorgeous land, my Grandmother told of camping the area in her youth – once waking up to Longhorn cattle in her campsite.

yellow spring flowers oklahoma

Wichita Mountains Oklahoma

Wichita Mountains Oklahoma

Buffalo at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Wichita Mountains

Buffalo in the Wichita Mountains

Resources : US Fish and Wildlife Department website – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

  1. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} 30 May, 2013

    What a beautiful area! I love the picture of that prairie dog- how cute! I bet your kids really enjoyed the Refuge.

  2. Muza-chan 30 May, 2013

    As always, I’m captivated by your images.

  3. budget jan 30 May, 2013

    There are some wonderful shot here. My favs being both flower shots (just love the purple individualists), the prairie dogs and the black and white cow with horns. Oh and the long shot of buffalo and storm clouds. and….

  4. Marisol 30 May, 2013

    What a spectacular wildlife refuge. The animals, the vegetation and the landscape make it so breathtaking. I bet the air is so fresh.

  5. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} 4 June, 2013

    I really like the prairie dog photo. Were you just lucky or were they popping up all over the place? I had no idea this was America’s oldest wildlife refuge.

    • Amy Moore 5 June, 2013

      They were in several large towns, and they were all over the place in those areas. It was pretty awesome! :)

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