LAWTON, Okla._Area schools are only one day away from spring break and with the kids out of school for a week you may be in need of some things to do close to home.
The Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge could be the answer for you, with lots of cost-friendly activities and adventures for the whole family. From hiking to fishing or just taking in the sights of beautiful animals and scenery, the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge has fun for people of any age. And the best part is, most things are free.
It is the perfect setting for a fun adventure, whether it's fishing in the lakes and streams or hiking through the mountain trails. Most people have driven through or even seen it from the distance, but Ralph Bryant says that doesn't do it justice. The special experiences happen once you set foot outside your vehicle.
"It is nice to just drive through but finding some of those hiking trails that have some really beautiful scenery, and having the chance to get close to some deer or elk or bison," said Bryant.
Bryant suggests people start at the visitor's center.
"They can get all kinds of information from there and that is our focal point for our visitor's services program," said Bryant.
From there it is all about making your own experience. For families with smaller children, Bryant recommends that they take easier trails around Little Baldy.
"Little Baldy is a small solid rock mountain. It is one that families with smaller kids can actually all get up on top of. And even though it is a small mountain, once you get up there you have conquered a mountain. You don't have to go to a big one like Elk Mountain and in just a short time you can be to the top having a blast," said Bryant.
If you have a hard time deciding which area to tackle on your trip, Bryant suggests one of his favorites, The Narrows.
"The trail that goes down between The Narrows just beyond Boulder Cabin is really a beautiful area. It is not too far of a hike you go down and cross the creek and then go up through some sheer rock bluffs that kind of overhang you on a portion of the trail," described Bryant.
And if you are intimidated by the thought of venturing out on your own, the wildlife refuge offers free guided tours on Thursdays and Saturdays starting at 9:00 a.m. from the visitor's center.
All ages and skill levels are welcome.
For more information on everything the refuge has to offer click here.