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Roman Nose State Park
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Roman Nose State Park Springs Area Sept. 30, 2017 © James McCain
Water flowing from the main Spring waterfall
Roman Nose State Park Springs Area Sept. 30, 2017 © James McCain
close up on a baby waterfall
Roman Nose State Park Springs Area Sept. 30, 2017 © James McCain
second water fall from Spring water flow
Roman Nose State Park Springs Area Sept. 30, 2017 © James McCain
a baby waterfall
Roman Nose State Park Springs Area Sept. 30, 2017 © James McCain
Waterfall from the Springs area
Roman Nose State Park our favorite spot © debbie
this is at one of the picnic/camping spots.
Roman Nose State Park just another spot © debbie
another of the many spots around the lake.
Roman Nose State Park one of many © debbie
just one of the many views of the different areas of the lake
Roman Nose State Park our camping buddy © debbie p-g robert j jr.
our friend for the 2 days we camped in the teepee. looking out on the water, outside the teepee.
Roman Nose State Park early morning © debbie p-g robert j jr.
watching the sunrise from the teepee
Roman Nose State Park at ourfav spot © debbie
this is at our fav spot . it runs along the picnic spot and back into the trees.
Roman Nose State Park what beauty © debbie
this is just a shot that caught my eye because it was so beautiful
Roman Nose State Park the teepee © debbie p-g robert j jr.
they have a couple of these that you can rent to camp in. they are right on the water. becareful if it rains
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3236 Oklahoma 8A
Watonga, Oklahoma   73772
(lat:35.9307 lon:-98.425) map location

Phone: 580-623-4218
Toll Free: 800-892-8690
Reservations: 800-892-8690
Email: park email button icon
Once a winter campground of the Cheyenne tribe, this area now is a scenic retreat set on a canyon bluff that over-looks ancient mesas. Towering cedar, buffalo grass and wild blue sage add to the beauty of this legendary setting, and to the enjoyment of the many recreational activities.

Set amidst a beautiful canyon, recreation activities at this state park include an 18 hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, volleyball court, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing in season, miniature golf, canoeing, paddle boats, horse stables and hayrides. Group camps, tent and RV campsites are located throughout the park. The area also offers good opportunities for fall foliage viewing. Roman Nose Resort is also on site and offers lodge rooms, banquet rooms, a full service restaurant and cabins. The Fairway Cottage, offers a full kitchen, living/dining room, satellite television, washer/dryer, telephone, private patio, and can accommodate 10 guests for a small group meeting, retreat or reunion. For more information on lodge rooms or cabins, call 800-892-8690. Teepee (tipi) rentals also available in summer months. Rates $65-100. Group rates available.
History of the Area
Located in Oklahoma, the area now known as Roman Nose was originally a Cheyenne tribe winter campground. In 1892, it became part of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Reservation before being opened to non-Indian settlement in 1895.

The park is named after Chief Henry Roman Nose who often camped there. He died on this land in 1917.

In the early twentieth century, efforts were made by local citizens to preserve its natural beauty for public enjoyment. The Civilian Conservation Corps developed recreational facilities from 1935 until World War II began.

It officially became one of seven original state parks established by Oklahoma's legislature during their first session post-statehood.

Today it offers various outdoor activities including golfing, hiking trails and camping sites with modern amenities available for visitors' use.

Golf Course
18-hole course (par 70) adjacent to the resort lodge, open daily 7 am - dusk. Also: Putting Green ? Pro Shop ? Rental Clubs ? Golf Carts ? Pull Carts
1. Roman Nose State Park offers a large outdoor swimming pool for visitors to enjoy.
2. The park's Lake Watonga allows non-motorized boating but not swimming due to safety reasons.
3. Children can splash around in the kiddie pool, separate from the main adult area.
4. Lifeguards are on duty at all times during operating hours ensuring swimmer's safety and security.
5. Poolside amenities include lounge chairs, umbrellas, restrooms and showers for visitor convenience after swimming activities.

The park offers a variety of boating options, including paddle boats and canoes. These are available for rental at the on-site Lake Hutchins or you could bring your own canoe to enjoy in this lake as well. However, motorized watercrafts aren't allowed within the park's waters.
Enjoy fishing in two lakes, Lake Watonga and Lake Boecher. Species include trout, largemouth bass, catfish and crappie. There's also a seasonal trout derby for enthusiasts to participate in.

Roman Nose State Park is located near Yukon

Roman Nose State Park offers picnic tables, grills and pavilions. Enjoy a meal surrounded by beautiful canyon views and wildlife.
1. Lake Loop Trail: This is a 0.6-mile trail that circles around the small lake in Roman Nose State Park, offering beautiful views of water and wildlife.

2. Mesa Loop Trail: A moderate difficulty level hike spanning approximately 1 mile; this trail takes you through some stunning mesa landscapes with panoramic park vistas.

3. Wetlands Walking Boardwalk: An easy walk on an elevated boardwalk over wetland areas for about half a mile, providing opportunities to spot various bird species and other aquatic life forms.

4. Inspiration Point Hiking Trail: At just under one mile long (0.9 miles), it's known as the most challenging hiking path within the park due to its steep inclines but rewards hikers with breathtaking scenic overlooks from atop gypsum cliffs.

5. Gypsum Ridge Nature Walk & Interpretive Trial: It's only . 25 miles long making it perfect for families or those looking for something short yet informative - interpretative signs along route provide information about local flora/fauna.

6. Switchback Mountain Bike Trails: Although primarily designed for mountain biking these trails are also open to foot traffic - they offer three different loops ranging between two-three miles each depending upon chosen loop.

7. Two Lakes & Creek Bottom Loops Equestrian Trails: These horse-friendly paths span roughly five-six-miles respectively allowing riders chance explore more remote sections of state park while enjoying diverse terrain including creek bottoms wooded hillsides grassy meadows.
Biking enthusiasts can explore several trails, though they vary in difficulty. Be prepared for challenging terrains and steep slopes.

The park offers a 3-mile loop trail suitable for beginners with moderate fitness levels. However, caution is advised due to occasional rough patches.

For experienced cyclists seeking adventure, there's an intense 7-mile mountain biking route featuring rocky paths and sharp turns - not recommended without proper gear or experience.

Remember that safety should be your priority; always wear helmets while cycling on these routes as some areas are quite rugged.

Cycling after dark isn't advisable because of limited visibility which could lead to accidents.

Also note: the weather conditions might affect the state of tracks so check forecasts before planning any bike rides here.

Lastly, respect nature by staying within marked trails only - it's crucial both for personal safety & preservation of local flora/fauna.

Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species like the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Northern Cardinal and Red-bellied Woodpecker. The park's diverse habitats attract a wide range of birds throughout the year. Birding trails provide opportunities to observe these creatures in their natural environment.
Area Attractions
Watonga Cheese Factory ? Alabaster Caverns State Park ? Chisholm Trail Museum ? Governor Seay Mansion ? T. B. Ferguson Home

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
September 10 by Russell_B
park review stars; one to five
May 16 Very friendly by Thomas R Koch
park review stars; one to five The staff and the park Ranger were very friendly and helpful. It made for a wonderful stay.
February 26
park review stars; one to five great place very hard to make reservations no one ever answrs the phone
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Roman Nose Resort Park
Rt 1 Box 2-2
Watonga, OK 73772

30 miles N of I-40; 4 miles N of Watonga on Hwy 8, then 3 miles N on Hwy 8A.

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