The older the mountain, the shorter they are. At least that’s what they’ll tell you at Quartz Mountain Nature Park in Oklahoma.
While it may not have the allure of larger mountains in the United State like Mount Rainier, Quartz Mountain is still one of the more unique ones to visit, especially in the flat landscape of Oklahoma. And with a world-class resort right on site, it’s an ideal place for an off-the-beaten path nature getaway.
Located at the farthest end of the Wichita Mountains not too far from the Wichita Mountains Nature Refuge, Quartz Mountain Nature Park is one of the state’s gems, and a perfect reprieve from the typically flat Oklahoma landscape.
Here are three tips to make the most of your visit:
Visit during the off-season
Get the most out of your visit to the park by opting for a trip in late spring or early fall when the crowds are at the lowest and the colors are at their brightest. Visiting on the fringe months can also ensure you enjoy the best hiking trails and swimming spots without battling the crazy heat that’s notorious in the heartland.
The New Horizon trail will take you everywhere you want to go
While Quartz Mountain is full of trails; New Horizon is their lifeline. A half-mile trail perfect for a late afternoon trek, it’ll take you to very top of Quartz Mountain right at dusk. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see the lake and other mountains in the Wichita Mountain chain. If you opt for a mid-morning hike, the New Horizon trail is also an ideal precursor to the steeper climb to Baldy Point.
Bring your fishing pole
Fishing isn’t for everyone, but the prospects are too good to pass up around Quartz Mountain Lake, and, with an entire page devoted to tips for angling at the park, it’s almost inexcusable to not drop a line and try your luck. Pick up some bait from the Quartz Mountain Grocery Store right on-site and plan a trip for early spring when the ponds and reservoir warmer waters lead to more active fish.