NATIONAL GRASSLANDS IN OKLAHOMA
Two National Grasslands are found in western Oklahoma: Black Kettle National Grasslands and a small portion of Rita Blanca National Grasslands, most of which is located in Texas. Both areas are administered by New Mexico’s Cibola National Forest.
These tracts consist of mixed grasslands with some rivers and streams. Wildlife includes whitetailed deer, antelope, and wild turkey. Some privately-owned cattle are allowed to graze on the lands. Aside from three small campgrounds, facilities are few.
Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible, as is horseback riding, but there aren’t any established trails. Travel on other than roads must be cross-country. Fishing is available, and hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are allowed throughout the National Grasslands, except where otherwise prohibited. No permits are necessary.
For Further Information: Black Kettle National Grasslands, Route 1, Box 55B, Cheyenne, OK 73628; (405)497-2143. Rita Blanca National Grasslands, P.O. Box 38, Texline, TX 79087; (806)362-4254.