While many parks, businesses, and more are having to close due to the coronavirus, one place you can still explore without having to worry about seeing too many people is Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The wildlife refuge is an exception to the current rules put in place, and for that, we are grateful. If you're suffering from cabin fever we recommend this spot for a nice, secluded day outdoors.
According to the refuge's website, "outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public."
This information can be found front and center on their website's homepage with even more rules and facts to keep in mind.
While the public is allowed outdoors to explore Wichita Mountain's terrain, it's important to know that visitor centers and other facilities may be closed, and scheduled events may be canceled.
They also ask for visitors to "follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating."
There'll be plenty to see along your hike, and loads and loads of people shouldn't be one of them. Prioritize taking in the fresh air as well as your surroundings, above anything else.
We know we would!
Wichita Mountains is home to approximately 650 bison, North America's largest existing mammal. They roam wild and free among the refuge and you will more than likely run into one if you're out exploring all day or weekend.
Cross your fingers that you run into one of these bad boys and can snap a cool pic of them in their natural home.
Along with bison, you'll lay your eyes on the result of "over half a billion years of geologic change and adaptation."
Yeah, we couldn't believe it either.
The next time you're able to spend a day outdoors, consider visiting this massive and glorious expanse.
Address: 32 Refuge Headquarters Rd., Indiahoma, OK
Why You Need To Go: You'll experience gorgeous views along every step of the way, and, who knows, you could run into some bison!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.