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Oklahomaís Wildlife Trail Opens To Travelers

See the Salt Plains Loop on YouTube.

See the High Plains Loop on YouTube part 1.

See the High Plains Loop on YouTube part 2.

See what traveling the Great Plains Trail has to offer in the

From prairie chickens to "horny" toads, scissortail flycatchers to elk, the private lands of Western Oklahoma are home to a diversity of unique and interesting wildlife species.  The Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma was developed to take advantage of Oklahoma’s small-town hospitality and showcase the many wildlife species that can be seen.

The Great Plains Trail covers 1,777 miles and includes 33 counties.

Oklahoma celebrated the grand opening of its new road-based, wildlife-viewing trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge in Jet on April 29, 2006.

The trail consists of 13 highway-based, driving loops that span the entire western portion of the state. Each loop guides travelers through areas with the best opportunities to view wildlife and includes designated stopping points on both public and private areas.

To explore the driving loops, peruse the links at the left.

The trailís partners gathered at the opening. They are the OWPHA, Okla. Department of Wildlife Conservation, Playa Lakes Joint Venture, Okla. Economic Development Authority, High Plains RC&D, Great Plains RC&D, and the Okla. Tourism and Recreation Department.

Note from Great Plains Trail Committee: "We are sorry for not giving photo credit on the image of the Long-billed Curlew that appears on the Great Plains Trail road map. We wish to acknowledge and thank Photographer Randy C. Anderson (www.randycandersonphotography.com) for alerting us to our mistake."

 

 

We will do our best to keep the Web site updated but we can not anticipate problems due to weather. If you have any questions about hours of operation or facilities please contact the area you are interested in visiting. Contact information is listed on the Web site and on the map.

Check current weather conditions at the Oklahoma Mesonet Website

Designate Wildlife Information Portal (this symbol is only found on the map) it provides detailed wildlife news.

Additional Travel Information

For a map overview of the trail click here.

 

For more information, please visit the Oklahoma Wildlife and Prairie Heritage Alliance website at: http://www.owpha.org/

 

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