Take an RV Trip to Oklahoma City this Spring

Sunset over Lake Hefner

Sunset over Lake Hefner

Oklahoma is a hospitable state with plenty to do and see on an RV vacation. Try visiting Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to discover a spirited getaway with a variety of activities sure to please every member of the family. There are all sorts of festivals, shows, museums and much more that you will find extremely entertaining. What a great vacation to take in the spring! You will find a number of RV parks to choose from. Check out Rockwell RV Park for all the great amenities.

Start out by exploring some fascinating museums. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on NE 63rd Street is one place you will love. Lots of exhibitions highlighting the American West! Great art, history and more are available here. Visit after April 12th to see the renovated galleries. Another must-see is the American Banjo Museum. This native musical instrument holds a definite place in our history and you can find out the story here.

Getting outdoors and enjoying the spring are all part of a vacation. If you head over to Lake Hefner you’ll find biking and jogging trails, boat ramps if you want to launch and two covered piers and a heated fishing dock from which to fish. Get over to Myriad Botanical Gardens if you want to really have some fun. There are more paths to hike around, the solitude of this spot a treat within the heart of Oklahoma City. Have a pet with you? Take a dog to the off-leash park and let him romp.

Minnis Lakeview Park is filled with trails where you can bike or walk about to enjoy the weather. After Memorial Day there is a “sprayground” which is a miniature water park for kids. Play basketball or just relax and take a deep breath after a long day of exploring. At Martin Park Nature Center you can also have a relaxing time while learning more about wildlife and nature. All sorts of wildlife live here, and you can see birds, butterflies, deer, armadillo or owls. The list goes on. Gentle hiking trails take you through the lovely woodland scenes.

Ready for a science education? You’ll love the Science Museum Oklahoma as you view the many artifacts and exhibits here. They even have live entertainment, so you should check out the schedule when you arrive. IMAX films offer quite an experience in movie-going. Don’t miss the Planetarium Theater either!

While at the Science Museum, be sure to go to a show at the Dome Theater. This dome screen surrounds you and makes an experience that is unforgettable. The sound effects just add to the excitement. See the film entitled “Rescue,” an incredible film of adventure while volunteer rescuers save people in Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

Of course, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to see a real rodeo while you are here. Attend the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo between 4 and 6 April. A fun horse show is also going to take place between the 11th and 14th of April. That is the Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show at the State Fair Park. What a vacation this has turned out to be! A fun way to make memories!

Picture credits: The picture of Lake Hefner is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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An RV Adventure to Beavers Bend State Park

Broken Bow Lake in Beavers Bend State Park

Broken Bow Lake in Beavers Bend State Park

Take an RV and travel to Broken Bow Lake and experience nature at its best! Beavers Bend State Park is a perfect place for a family vacation, with so much to do and see. Besides the outdoor recreation choices, you also have miniature golf, bumper boats, train rides and so much more. You will find RV campsites that offer plenty of amenities to make your stay wonderful.

Visit the gift shop to take home some souvenirs to friends and family who didn’t get to come. If you love golf, you must try the 18-hole Cedar Creek Golf Course. Enjoy a campfire program as you sit on the banks of the Mountain Fork River, take a nature hike – there is just no end to the fun! Lots of wildlife too, such as fox, deer and wild turkey.

Be sure not to miss the Forest Heritage Center Museum with fourteen dioramas that depict early life in the region. Marvel at the chainsaw carvings and the 100-year-old cabin. The antique forestry tools are very interesting and educational. There is also an exhibit honoring the wilderness firefighters who risk their lives every year fighting fires in Oklahoma. You will see an eight-foot sculpture of one man, Jim Burnett, who died in the line of duty and learn his story of bravery.

Near the entrance of the Forest Heritage Center is the Peter Toth Indian Sculpture by artist, Peter Toth. This Hungarian artist had the goal to create a sculpture in each of the U.S. states and has accomplished 75 monuments and exceeded his goal. He is well known for his series of sculptures to honor Native Americans. It is called the Trail of the Whispering Giants. Once done exploring the center, you can begin your hiking adventures. Hiking trails are abundant in the park, with many easy treks to make and a couple more challenging for experienced hikers.

Many visitors exclaim about the ability to view the wildlife here at the park, as well as the lovely scenery. With biking and hiking and the lake sparkling in the sun, Beavers Bend State Park is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air and get away from the day-to-day grind. You will find yourself relaxing as you take part in one of the eagle watches which you will find from November through February. The Lower Mountain Fork River is the perfect place for fishing with five miles of trout stream right within the park.

There is even more fun nearby. Check out Hochatown State Park right next to Beavers Bend. This was originally a part of the Beavers Bend and now is separate with additional recreational opportunities. You are right on the shore of the Broken Bow Lake and you’ll find campsites for RV motorhomes, playgrounds for the kids and lots more hiking trails. The McCurtain County Wilderness Area is another must-see, or we should say must-experience. This wildlife sanctuary holds within its lovely forested landscapes about 110 bird species which include the Pine Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch and Red-shouldered Hawk.

Other spots you should put on your itinerary are Talimena Skyline Drive, Little River National Wildlife Refuge and exploring the Ouachita National Forest. This is one trip in Oklahoma that is hard to pass up when traveling on an RV vacation in the winter! Enjoy!

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RV Vacation Fun on the Talimena National Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

Talimena Scenic Byway

If you’re looking for an amazing RV vacation, look no further than the Talimena National Scenic Byway – a 54-mile stretch of highway that runs along the ridge of the Ouachita Mountains, located at the border between the states of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Don’t just limit yourself to driving along the highway for an hour or two, however. There are enough things to do along this road that you could easily spend multiple days here, coming back to visit in every season. There are different sights to see and different activities to enjoy whether you come during the winter, spring, summer, or fall.

One thing you might want to do is see the mountains the way the original settlers did. You can take a number of hikes of different lengths, or rent horses for a day ride through the mountains.

Devoted birders will want to visit “Bird Island” in Lake Ouachita. The mountains are home to a wide variety of species of birds, including many that are extremely unusual and hard to find outside of this protected area. There is also a great deal of wildlife, much of it visible from the windows of your motorhome as you drive along the scenic highway.

The Ouachita Mountains are named from an Indian word meaning “hunting trip”, and there are still plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities to be had among the mountains. On the Arkansas side of the mountains, you can hunt bear, beaver, birds, bobcats, coyotes, deer, elk, fox, opossum, otters, raccoons, quail, turkey, and waterfowl. On the Oklahoma side of the mountains, you can hunt antelope, bear, birds, deer, pheasant, quail, rabbit, squirrel, turkey, and waterfowl. Of course, you must obtain the correct hunting permits from the appropriate state authorities. Also important to note is that in some parks you are required to display a permit in your vehicle. Please check the local authorities.

Other exciting additions to your RV vacation are the many watersports in the lakes and rivers of the Ouachita Mountains. You can take day trips or overnight adventures through whitewater rapids, go kayaking, or go boating on the many lakes.

A short distance away in the San Bois Mountains, you’ll find the notorious Robbers Cave. This location is known to have been a hideout used by Jesse James and Belle Starr. Nowadays, it is popular with those who love exploring caves, as well as climbers and rappellers who traverse up and down the outside of the cave.

There are plenty of RV Parks in the countryside around the Talimena National Scenic Byway. Some are rustic campgrounds, some include horseback riding and trail rides, and one even includes a health spa.

While you’re here, be sure to sample the local barbecue. It’s considered a specialty. There are also a number of local artisans that sell their wares at specialty shops tucked away in remote locations. You can find antiques, novelties, and curios. Don’t worry about buying too much, because you can always store your finds in your RV!

Picture credits: The picture of the Talimena Scenic Byway is from the National Scenic Byways website. It is public domain by Dennis Adams.

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RV Camping – The Hunter’s Best Lodging Option

Whether you spend hunting season up a tree in a deer stand or tucked into a duck blind sipping coffee, a comfortable place to call home at night is essential. If you’re planning to travel in search of game this year, why not consider comfortable, affordable RV camping close to the action? Let’s see what RV campgrounds around the US are offering hunters this year:

Twin Creeks Campground in Buffalo, Wyoming features game racks, a hunters’ lounge and quality campsites close to Big Horn National Forest. That’s where hunters will find pronghorn antelope, wild turkey, elk, moose and deer in abundance. If you’re heading for the Big Horn Mountains this year to hunt, reserve your campsite in Buffalo before you go.

Hunting in Colorado this season? Mt Princeton RV Park in Buena Vista really caters to hunters, with space to process and hang game and affordable campsites every hunting season. A couple of hours south of El Monte RV Rentals in Denver, it’s a prime spot to set up camp while hunting elk and mountain goats in the Buena Vista area.

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

The Lincoln National Forest from Crest Trail

Big game hunters will find state-managed hunting right next door to the RV campsites at Gillespie Ranch RV Park in Mayhill, NM. Elk, deer and wild hogs are just three of the big game species found regularly near the campground. You’ll find this first-rate hunters’ campground four hours south of Albuquerque in the heart of Lincoln National Forest.

If you’re headed for Oklahoma’s Kiamichi Mountains this hunting season, book your campsite now at Honobia Creek Store and RV Park. About three hours north of McKinney, TX El Monte RV Rentals, this RV campground hits the bulls eye for excellent wilderness hunting accommodations. Wild hog hunting is popular in this southwestern Oklahoma region, so ask the RV park owners to schedule a guided hunt. Keep an eye out for Bigfoot!

One more premier hunting and RV camping experience can be found on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at Sherman’s Resort on South Manistique Lake. Not only do they offer first-rate RV camping amenities, they also have a guide service for hunters hoping to find black bear or white-tail deer. Duck hunting is another star attraction for this area, so be sure to reserve your campsite early.

Haven’t hit your style of hunting with our suggestions? No worries – any style hunting expedition is made easier with deluxe RV accommodations. Pick your favorite hunting spot this season and then contact us to book your RV rental. We look forward to helping make your hunting trips memorable!

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