August 2006 – I saw the sign for Red Rock Canyon State Park as I was going east on I-40 on my way to Lake Thunderbird State Park, and noticed it was only 5 miles off the highway. Although it was earlier than I usually stop, I couldn’t resist – I love canyons and I love red rocks, so I had to go see the combo for myself.
This is a view from the California Road Campground with 28 sites located at the very end of the park. None of these have sewer hookups, but there is a dump in the park.
This is site #59 in that loop – a typical site with grass and gravel pads.
This is site #50 – a pull-through right off the road. The pull-throughs in this loop have 50 amp service. Even though these sites were quite nice and I’m sure I would have enjoyed the California Road Nature Trail, I opted to continue onward. Even in this more open area, I could not get a signal for either my Verizon cell phone or air card and I needed to work on the website that night.
I did stop and enjoy a picnic lunch by the pond here, though, with a couple of ducks for company. In the Canyon Campground (surrounded by canyon walls), 5 sites have full hookups – 18 offer water and electric.
The roads were wide enough and I had no problem getting around the campground.
116 Red Rock Canyon Rd. — Hinton, OK
Malia’s 2 cents: This nature-formed canyon was once a winter camp for the Plains Indians, then a haven for weary travelers during the California Gold Rush. It has a really nice feel to it and I would have stayed here with no problem except for needing phone/internet access that night. The lady at the office was really nice and helpful. She advised me that even though the sign past the office warns of a narrow, winding road, there has never been a problem with even the larger motorhomes. She said if traffic is heavy on Highway 281 when exiting the park, they will go out and help stop traffic for those needing a wider turn radius.
2018 update: When I went through in 2006, it was all first-come, first-served, but I see you can book in advance now. Click here for reservations.
They offer rappelling areas, but you must bring your own equipment. There are also group camps, a community building, group picnic shelters, A-frame bunkhouses to rent, showers and restrooms, a small fishing pond, and a swimming pool open seasonally for a fee. See the park map for more info. Also, Explore Red Rock Canyon State Park With the Two Wheel Oklahoma Crew (7 min. video)