Wichita Mountains Byway

National Scenic BywayOklahoma

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  • Bison Roaming the Mix-Grass Prairie

    A bison forages amongst the various forbes and grasses of the mix-grass prairie along the Wichita Mountains Byway.

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  • Cross-Timber Forest in the Wichita Mountains

    The roots of an ancient blackjack oak are exposed on the surface allowing green moss to cover them.

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  • Rainy Mountain

    From a viewpoint along the Wichita Mountain Byway, Rainy Mountain rises from its mix-grass prairie surroundings.

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  • Forty Foot Hole in Winter

    Remnant snow patches on the rock faces frame the winter view of the many waterfalls at Forty Foot Hole .

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  • Longhorns in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    Travelers along the Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway stop to photograph a few Texas longhorns as they graze the mix-grass hills in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Sunset over Lake Lawtonka

    The sun sets over Lake Lawtonka as it passes behind the Wichita Mountains.

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  • Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Sign

    A Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Sign is located on the eastern boundary of the refuge. It is made of the local stones and displays the images of the large herbivores of the refuge.

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  • The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

    A creek meanders through a mountain pass at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center provides travelers along the Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway with educational and directional information within the refuge.

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  • The Monarch of the Plains

    An adult male bison stands proudly with the Wichita Mountains rising in the background.

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  • Carnegie-Apache Split Sign

    A sign along State Highway 58 notes the upcoming split in the road going to the Wichita Mountains Byway communities of Apache or Carnegie.

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  • School Children on the Prairie

    School children gather to learn more about the importance of the mix-grass prairie along the Wichita Mountains Byway.

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  • Saddle Mountain from the Wichita Mountains Byway

    A semicircle of clouds creates a picture-perfect view of Saddle Mountain on the northern half of the Wichita Mountains. The mountain rises gracefully above the fall-colored mix-grass prairie.

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  • Scenic State HWY 115 Sign

    A Scenic State Highway 115 Sign marks the Wichita Mountain Byway along the northern edge of the mountain range.

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  • The Slick Hills along the Wichita Mountains Byway

    Yellow asters and golden color mix-grass prairie gently flows over the Slick Hills blending in the distance with cross-timbers and the Wichita Mountains.

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  • The Slopes of Elk Mountain

    Two hikers explore the boulder piles along the slope of Elk Mountain.

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  • View from Mount Scott at Sunset

    A young couple sits at the top of Mount Scott and watches the sunset over the Wichita Mountains.

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  • Motorcyle Traveling Through Stumbling Bear Pass

    A motorcyclist travels south along Stumbling Bear Pass and the natural corridor of the crosstimber forest.

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  • View of Mount Zodletone from the Southwest

    Tall sunflowers in the foreground frame Mount Zodletone as it rises above the surrounding mix-grass prairie.

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  • The Narrows

    Cache Creek gently flows down the center of the Narrows.

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  • Black-Tailed Prairie Dog

    A black-tailed prairie dog chews on grass at the Turkey Creek Prairie Dog Town along the Wichita Mountains Byway.

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  • Wichita Mountains Community Directional Sign

    The Wichita Mountains Community Directional Sign is located along State Highway 49. It notes the direction of a few of the Wichita Mountains Byway Communities.

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  • Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Directional Sign

    A sign along OK-49 shows the way to various communities along the Wichita Mountains Scenic Byway and Interstate 44.

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  • Road Traveling up Mount Scott

    The view from along the Wichita Mountains Byway is almost endless as the road gently winds around Mount Scott. Visitors can get a bird’s eye view of nearby Lake Lawtonka and the surrounding mountains, prairies and other natural wonders.

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  • Wichita Prairie Dog

    A prairie dog nibbles on some green leaves while sitting in the cracked soil of Oklahoma.

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  • American Bison in Wildlife Refuge

    A bison walks by a grassy watering hole along a red-dirt trail in Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Charon Gardens Wilderness Area

    Covered in vibrant green grass, the rocky terrain of Charon Gardens makes for an excellent wildlife habitat.

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