If you're looking for the perfect place to go and watch the night skies look no further than Kenton, Oklahoma in Cimarron County. It's up in the far, far western corner of the panhandle and boasts some of the darkest and most beautiful night skies in the U.S. People from all over the Sooner State, the entire Nation, and even the world go there to stargaze and witness the incredible views and beauty of the Black Mesa State Park.
Some of the darkest night skies & best stargazing can be found in Kenton, OK.
It's said that Kenton, OK. has the absolute darkest night skies in the entire state due to its location and isolation in the Oklahoma panhandle AKA "No Man's Land." There isn't really a whole lot there and with Black Mesa State Park being the largest portion of the county there's a lot of wide-open space without buildings or tons of street lights and population. This makes it the perfect spot for the stars. Plus, the elevation.
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There are all kinds of things to do at Black Mesa State Park so you're not just limited to just stargazing. You can go hiking, fishing, boating, and more. If you're up to the challenge you could take the hike up the plateau which is the highest point in the state standing 4,973 feet above sea level. You want to talk about a view.
There's a lot more to do than just stargazing at Black Mesa State Park
Black Mesa is open from sun up to sun down but you can stay at campsites that are close by. There are primitive campsites and RV/Camper hookups at nearby Lake Carl Etling. If you've never been it's a beautiful place and a great family staycation. Another really cool thing about Cimarron County is that it's the only county in the U.S. that touches five states including Oklahoma. It borders Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and of course Oklahoma. If you're looking for a place to go on a family getaway check it out.
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