My son and I finally checked off a trip on our "Bucket List", Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge west of Lawton, OK.
Our good Casita friends, Donna & Joe, have made multiple trips to the refuge and always gave it high marks. We never seemed to find the right time to go on the trip, it was just 200 miles away from home.
Folks, I have to say it was better than we ever expected. It was the first Wildlife Refuge established in the USA in 1901, primarily to try to save the Buffalo. They also claim to have the most genetically "correct" herd of Texas Longhorns. They re-introduced Elk to the area as well.
Visually it is great to see as the mountains just pop-up out of the flat landscape as we were driving in from the flat land around the Red River.
We did a lot of hiking, Elk Mountain provided great vistas of the area. The refuge is dotted with some marvelous (13) little lakes put in by the CCC. Scott's Mountain is a "got to see" vista.
The WPA built the Holy City near Lake Jed Johnson Reservoir on the refuge. It is said to be a replica of old Jerusalem. https://www.youtube....h?v=njbGSiPUST8
There are 70 sites suitable for our Casitas. Only 23 have electricity, the other 47 are for dry camping. All sites a very nice, paved pads with fire ring. The electric sites are closer together, however the non-electric sites are spread out and I would say most are very private. It is first come first serve so no reservations. We chose the non-electric sites at $10/nite. With my Geezer Pass it was only $5/nite. The electric sites are $20/nite.
Have a full fresh water tank when you come in. There is limited access to potable water. We also had brought 10 gallons of water in fresh containers for cooking, etc. We don't drink or cook with the on-board fresh water.
The refuge is adjacent to Fort Sill, a rather large army base. We found it interesting to be hiking is such a remote area and hear artillery fire in the background. It was not to the level of offensive, just interesting.
We plan on returning in the Spring. They say the wildflowers are breath taking beautiful.