DAY 7 PLAN: Oklahoma Pickup Day


PICKUP DAY: Tulsa, OK with option to start DRIVE towards Amarillo, TX

  • Break camp
  • optional START DRIVE Tulsa / Oklahoma City / Shamrock / Amarillo for easier day tomorrow
    (approx. 400 miles / 9 hours, so best if we could do a few hours today)
  • RESUPPLY en route (if needed)
  • (optional: VISIT Round Barn, Arcadia)
  • Set up camp

NITE: Developed Park Campsite / EITHER Red Rock Canyon State Park, OK — OR — Crowder Lake University State Park, OK — OR — Foss State Park, OK


DEP: 0700 – Tulsa OK
(DRIVE: 150 miles / 2.5 hours = 3.5 hours estimated segment time)

DEP: 1030 – Oklahoma City OK
(DRIVE: 200 miles / 3.5 hours = 5.0 hours estimated segment time)

to Red Rock Canyon State Park
(about 60 miles / 1 hour West of Oklahoma City
so, TOTAL: 410 miles / 7 hours = 9.5 hours estimated travel time)

to Crowder Lake University Park
(about 100 miles / 1.5 hours West of Oklahoma City)
so, TOTAL: 450 miles / 7.5 hours = 10 hours estimated travel time)

to Foss State Park
(about 125 miles / 1.75 hours West of Oklahoma City)
so, TOTAL: 475 miles / 8 hours = 10.5 hours estimated travel time)




ACTIVITIES EN ROUTE: from Tulsa to Foss

The Round Barn – (Arcadia) Located about 9 miles east of I-35 (Edmond), on Old Route 66. The barn is on the north side of 66. (see website) contact: 405.396.0824

  • Built in 1898, it originally served as a home for livestock and also as a place where dances were held for the local townspeople.
  • The only truly “round” barn (most are actually hexagonal or octagonal), it is 60′ in diameter, 45′ in height and two stories high. The structure was designed with the notion that being round would help it withstand Oklahoma’s tornadic conditions.
  • The Round Barn is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always FREE.

LODGING OPTION 1: Red Rock Canyon State Park
Hwy 281 S, Hinton, OK 73047
(see park website)
Phone: 405-542-6344 / Fax: 405-542-6342

This potential stopover is halfway between Tulsa and Amarillo, and would be great if we came from Keystone state park, (about 2 1/2/ hours via the interstate).
Located in west central Oklahoma, the park and campsites are located down in the canyon among the canyon walls. In addition to RV and tent camping, the park offers picnic areas, nature trails, a small fishing pond, and playground equipment. The canyon walls are a favorite for rappelling and open exploration. In season, the park operates a swimming pool with bathhouse (and adjacent food concession).

RATES: Not sure of fees or reservations info

DIRECTIONS: I-40 Exit 101, 5 miles S on Hwy 281.

LODGING OPTION 2: Crowder Lake University State Park
186 RR 1, Colony, OK 73021
(see park website)
Phone: 580-343-2443 / Fax: 580-774-7059

This potential stopover seems like a more interesting choice, as it is small and has only a few sites, but has some interesting facilities in cluding a ropes course, rappelling tower, rock climbing wall, canoe rentals and more. It is about the same distance-wise as Red Rock Canyon, and would be the best choice coming from Tusla/Keystone park in terms of giving us less travel time the next day while still being less crowded/have some interesting activities. (about 3 hours via the interstate – then next day, from here to Amarillo is listed as about 3 hours via the interstate). There are 7 tent sites and 5 RV sites (Gates close 10pm – 6am)
See this link for description of what they have that is really interesting.

RATES: $6/night tent site or $16/night for the RV site, all first come/first served

DIRECTIONS: From I-40, take Highway 54 South Exit immediately west of Weatherford. Go 7 miles south on Highway 54. At the Crowder Lake sign turn left / east and go 2 miles on pavement. At the next intersection turn right / south. Go south for one mile. At the next intersection turn right / west. The park is approximately 3/4 of a mile from this intersection.

LODGING OPTION 3: Foss State Park
Hwy 44 N & Hwy 73 W, Foss, OK 73647
(see park website)
Phone: 580-592-4433 / Fax: 580-592-4701

This potential stopover is a bit closer to Amarillo than Red Rock Canyon, and would be the best choice coming from Tusla/Keystone park in terms of giving us less travel time the next day. (a little over 3 hours via the interstate – then next day, from here to Amarillo is listed as only 2 1/2 hours via the interstate). It has 35 tent sites. Very developed park with busy lake (they have jet skis)…

RATES: Not sure of fees or reservations info

DIRECTIONS: From I-40 Exit 53, go 7 miles N on Hwy 44 to Hwy 73. Go W 1/4 mile.


12 JAN 2010: i think we will actually take two days to get here rather than one day of 12 hour driving… so we should definitely plan on stopping to camp somewhere in between… so best not to reserve anything ahead of time for this leg of the trip in terms of lodings but rather to take a list of possible campgrounds along the route…

Oklahoma Campgrounds along the route:

  • Will Rogers Downs, 16305 Old Highway East, Claremore (918) 343-5900
  • KOA, 19605 E. Skelly Drive, Catoosa (918) 266-4227
  • Mingo RV Park, 801 N. Mingo Road, Tulsa (918) 832-8824
  • Warrior Campground, 5131 S. Union Ave., Tulsa (918) 446-3199
  • 66 Mobile Home & RV Park, 7514 W. 80th St. # 8, Tulsa (918) 224-1536
  • Route 66 RV Park, 9701 New Sapulpa Road, Sapulpa (918) 224-3750
  • Abe’s RV Park, 12115 N. I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City (405) 478-0278
  • KOA, 301 S. Walbaun Road, El Reno (405) 884-2595
  • KOA, I-40 at Exit 50, Foss (580) 592-4409
  • Wink’s Camp Grounds, 1410 Neptune Drive, Clinton (580) 323-1664
  • Elk Run RV Park, 2705 E. Highway 66, Elk City (580) 225-4888
  • Elk Creek RV Park, 317 E. 20th St., Elk City (580) 225-7865

See the campground locations on google maps:

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26 FEB 2010: Following our discussion about splitting up this whole block, we should plan on camping at one of the three parks west of Oklahoma City. Ideally we would head for Crowder Lake state park, which is a good halfway point between Tulsa and Amarillo. But also has some interesting activities. We have some other alternatives for that night, too. Either Red Rock Canyon state park, which is a little closer to Tusla side, or Foss state park, which is a little closer to Amarillo.

29 MAR 2010: Can’t seem to get thru to the folks at Crowder Lake, but did get in touch with a woman at Red Rock Canyon state park, and she told me they do not take reservations, are first come first serve, and that they rarely fill up apart from the holiday weekends (July 4, memorial day, labor day etc). She said they have 49 sites, all developed with electric and water. So it is looking likely that Red Rock Canyon will be our spot of choice.


  • Tulsa Official tourism site (about the city, plus things to do, etc.)
  • Keystone State Park (a bit past Tulsa to the west. accepts reservations. has 82 tent sites, also cabins, and places for RVs. looks like a very “family activity” kind of park… boat rentals, water skiing etc.)
  • Twin Bridges State Park (close to the route, but nearer to Miami OK than Tulsa OK. small state park with tent sites and more lux accomodations, can make reservations)
  • Tulsa KOA (annoying-type “family” campground. but accepts reservations and has wireless internet. also, is close to the route, and just east of Tulsa)
  • Oklahoma State Tourism Guide to Route 66 PDF (covers whole state, not just Tulsa. great resource for art and list of “sites” along the trail)
  • Red Rock Canyon state park past Tulsa and closer to Oklahoma City, this park is known for good rappelling… there is a campground there too…
  • Oklahoma route 66 association – website with info on their stretch of the route
  • Missouri Route 66 association – website with detailed list of attractions along their stretch of route 66
  • Camping Oklahoma Route 66 – Here is a site someone put together on camping around route 66 in oklahoma
  • Cherokee Nation Tourism – Cherokee Nation is in the northeast of OK (near Tulsa area) and the tribe encourages cultural tourism activities, we should check back on their site when the trip is closer to see if there is something going on during our timeframe.