Water may be in shorter supply in northwestern Oklahoma’s Red Carpet Country, but there are still plenty of amazing places to take a swim, cast your line or take out the boat in this geographically distinct area. Characterized by majestic mesas and wide swaths of shortgrass prairie, Red Carpet Country is home to some of the most unique lakes in Oklahoma. We covered Kaw Lake in Ponca City in our overview of the state's major lakes, so now read all about these high-plains oases and make plans to visit this one-of-a-kind region today.Learn More
Located near Black Mesa, these famous dinosaur tracks have been preserved in a sandstone strata next to Carrizo Creek. This dinosaur trackway was originally discovered in the 1980s and contained 47 footprints. Due to erosion, only a third of those tracks are visible today.
Scientists were intrigued by two tracks in particular that were much deeper than the others and had a ridge. They believe that the dinosaur was walking on a mudflat area and slipped, leaving a telltale sign that has lasted for millions of years.
Although the exact species is not known, scientists have stated that the tracks came from a theropod, which is a scientific classification for bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus rex. Be sure to walk down into the creek bed to see the two sets of prehistoric tracks. The dinosaur tracks are located on private property, but viewing is allowed during daylight hours.
Lace up your hiking boots, grab your binoculars and head to the Oklahoma panhandle where you'll find a birding paradise - Black Mesa State Park and Nature Preserve. Over 100 species of birds are frequently spotted amidst the plateaus and junipers that dot this rugged landscape.Learn More