Combine over 8,000 acres of land, 180 acres of lakes and an innumerable amount of cliffs and hills and you have the formula for one of the best hiding spots in the Wild West.
While the land surrounding Robbers Cave State Park is long since past its days of housing outlaws like Jesse James and Belle Starr, it is still a haven for modern-day thrill seekers who aren’t afraid to get their boots a little dusty in the name of adventure. Set in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the Sans Bois Mountains, it’s a favorite of rappellers, hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
True, the namesake cave is easily one of the most talked about attractions at Oklahoma’s signature state park, but it isn’t your only option for adventure. In fact, the horseback riding opportunities found throughout the area are the perfect for couples and families who want to experience the cowboy — or outlaw — lifestyle to the fullest.
Located on site, Robbers Cave Stables has an array of options for first timer riders and small children, but it’s the overnight riding trips down the Outlaw Trail that will really help you see the best of the landscape.
The three-hour guided ride to the waterfall camp passes by the famous Robbers Cave and gives you photo opportunities that day hikers and visitors on foot wish they could snap. In addition to the Instagram opps, the guides will also do a better job telling the tales and explaining the legends surrounding the infamous criminals who once used it as a hideout.
In typical cowboy fashion, guests who take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will also be treated to a campfire dinner, complete with music and stories. As you gaze up to the expansive Oklahoma night sky and listen to the steady thrum of the waterfall, you’ll be convinced you’ve found a little piece of heaven on Earth.
So what’s stopping you? It’s time to make like a bandit and head over to Robbers Cave State Park.