Red Rock Canyon State Park is an unexpected oasis on the Oklahoma’s Great Plains. Used as a stopover for wagon trains traveling over the California Trail, the canyon is a hidden on the fringes between the arid west and the Central Great Plains of Oklahoma. On the California Trail nature trail in the south end of the park, you can still see the ruts the horse-drawn wagons furrowed deep into the red sandstone as they lumbered into and out of the canyon.
Saturday morning we will explore the 2 ½ mile long canyon floor with our cameras, focusing on the autumn-colored trees set against the steep 45-50-ft red sandstone walls and the rock wall crevasses where perennial natural springs seep through the sandstone creating lush oasis’s of ferns and other unique flora.
We will hike along the Rough Horsetail nature trail through stands of cane and along a winding path flanked by ancient twisted trees. We will also hike along the California Trail nature trail, through a transition zone from the lush protected canyon floor to the rim of the canyon with views of the upland prairie dotted with gnarled cedars, yucca, and mesquite.
Workshop limited to 10 participants
Cost per person $125