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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

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RR 1, Jet, OK 73749-9801
+1 580-626-4794
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Great place to see thousands of Sandhill cranes and other birds in the winter

Just came back from an overbite trip to the refuge. The visitor center is under construction after... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2017
Norman, Oklahoma
Great Selenite Digging

Great place to take the kids to dig crystals. Hourglass selenite and sand gypsum crystals are... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2017
via mobile
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  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
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RR 1, Jet, OK 73749-9801
+1 580-626-4794
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Just came back from an overbite trip to the refuge. The visitor center is under construction after it was destroyed by a fire last year. Some trails and a bird blind overlooking the lake. 50,000+ sandhill cranes this time of the year. Snow geese and...More

Thank Sarracenia
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Great place to take the kids to dig crystals. Hourglass selenite and sand gypsum crystals are everywhere. As well as a very unique ecosystem of insects seem nowhere else. Make sure your bring extra water,1 case minimum,as well as lots of sunscreen.

Thank MineralExplorer
Reviewed 26 September 2017

I've been wanting to go out and dig for crystals here for a long time. Finally, it was decided to make a day trip out of it and go. I have to say, it was well worth the trip and I'm glad that I finally...More

Thank BrianW604
Reviewed 25 August 2017

My wife and I traveled here this April and were thoroughly delighted by what we found. This NWR is located in north central Oklahoma near the town of Jet, OK. It was established as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds. We enjoyed digging...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

You must read all the reviews! There is some very good information so that you can go prepared. Bring shovels, something to lay on (the salt is rough), water, and something to drink. Even after researching, we had a hard time finding the crystals at...More

1  Thank lweaves
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We were on our way through Oklahoma on back roads and came across signs for the Salt Plains. There were several locations to pull off with great views and some with information plaques giving information about the local wildlife and history of the plains. My...More

Thank Tarah L
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

How can you go wrong visiting a great salt plain in land locked Oklahoma? It seriously looks like you are on the beach The salt crusts on the earth it goes on for a long time into straight horizon. Walk out onto the crusted salt...More

1  Thank LittleShelleyZen
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This place is way off the beaten path and many of the roads leading to it were closed for construction and you didn't know til you drove up on it. Made for a longer trip than it should have been trying to find our way....More

1  Thank Charrie S
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

My husband and I swung through this. The visitor center was closed due to a fire. There seems to be plenty of hiking trails. Thought it was cool that they have a catch/release pond for children under 14. They also have an auto trail. We...More

Thank Katie E
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Our whole family - including kids ages 9, 7, 5, and 2 - loved digging and scavenging for crystals at the Salt Plains NWR. We were blessed with very mild temperatures, which made the day much more palatable. A very hot day would be challenging,...More

3  Thank Michael B
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17 September 2017|
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Response from BluegooseTraveler | Reviewed this property |
No permits are required so no cost to you and enjoy.
26 July 2015|
Response from rkhnter |
Late spring, summer and early fall - April to October 15th