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Stepping foot into the Great Salt Plains State Park will feel like you've entered into a dream. The huge plains of salt look almost like an ocean; it is easy to forget that you're still in Oklahoma. The salt that coats this barren land has been left over from an ancient ocean that once existed in the area.
The park is often considered one of Oklahoma’s most unique state parks, and it is not hard to see why, when you rent an RV in Alfalfa County. The landscape is pretty barren, just is simply bursting with things to do and see. From boating and swimming to bike riding and crystal digging, the options are endless. In addition to the range of things to do in the park, nearby you’ll find the towns of Cherokee, Enid, and Helena, where you can stock up on supplies and visit the local restaurants and shops.
One of the more unique but popular activities in the state park is digging for crystals, so make sure you bring a bucket and spade. About a foot beneath the surface, there is water, and it is around this level where you may begin to find these beautiful treasures. It is the only known site in the world where unique selenite crystals with hourglass inclusions are found, created by the way that the sand and water merge together. The digging area is open during the summer months, and visitors are allowed to take home 10 pounds of crystal per day for personal use. It is one of a kind experiences that should definitely be done when camping at Great Salt Plains State Park.
After all that digging in the sun, a great way to cool off is to head to the swimming area or relax on the rocky beach. Many people take to the water in Great Salt Plains Lake by boat, either just for fun or to try their hands at a spot of fishing. This can be great fun for the entire family, with a range of species in the lake including catfish, sand bass and hybrid striper in the shallow, salty waters. Taking a canoe or kayak out will allow you to see the park from a different perspective and gives the chance to view the many migratory birds that pass through the area.
Another interesting activity is watching wildlife at the salt flats, bird watching in particular. The park is often considered a bird refuge, providing habitat for around 300 different species of bird. There are literally hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, plus thousands of white pelicans. Bird-watchers come from miles around to go RV camping at Great Salt Plains State Park and watch these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
Overnight camping is available in one of the 64 RV sites in the state park RV campgrounds. The sites are available in two different campgrounds. The River Road campground is very well maintained and offers both a 30 and 50 amp service. There are also some primitive sites here for those that prefer a bit more of a wild camping experience. The grounds are open all year round to enjoy and have plenty of amenities for a comfortable camping experience including covered table areas, fire rings, a playground, and a dump and comfort station.
Another option is to stay at Sandy Beach Campground. Seeing as this campground is pretty small, those with larger RVs tend to avoid this campsite in favor of River Road. The surrounding trees provide plenty of shaded areas with sites that have both 30 and 50 amp service as well as some primate sites. State park RV camping at this campground has the benefit of being near the beach with a boat ramp.
Oklahoma City is within reaching distance of the park, meaning it is great for a day trip in your Oklahoma City camper rental. From treasure-filled museums to shopping and festivals. There is so much to do in the city, but a great place to learn a little more about the history of the area is the Oklahoma History Center, a colorful and immersive exhibition filled with artifacts, photographs and more. If you just want to spend the day exploring the city, then midtown is a great place to start, filled with shops, restaurants, and bars.
For somewhere a little closer, the city of Edin could be a good choice for a day trip. The Simpson’s Old Time Museum will allow you to enter the Old West, complete even with a classic saloon bar. Additionally, the museum is full of Western memorabilia such as wagon wheels and antique oil lamps. The museum is even home to Skeleton Creek Productions which is a Western movie studio.
For a unique and family-friendly adventure, take the short drive to Brandt’s Menagerie, a park filled with animals and attractions. The laser tag and hay maze are great fun, and once you have found your way out of the maze, visitors can go and say hello to the llamas, camels, rabbits, sheep and more.