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We had an afternoon off from touring the Western Plains Library System to go hiking in Red Rock Canyon State Park. We followed a narrow, red dirt trail up forested hills through the canyon, peppered with wild flowers, cacti, and fire ant hills. The park hosts tent camping, lots of RV hook ups and many picnic areas with scenic views of red canyon faces. The park even has a pool inside the canyon wall, which was unfortunately still closed in late May. 

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We watched rappellers gingerly step backward off of a precipice tiger striped by the many lines of climbers past. Just out for an afternoon hike, we could have followed the many fingers of the trail as long as we wanted, but easily made our way back to the trail head after walking three or four miles. This destination seems perfect for family camping and gentle hiking, although I'm sure you could spend all day losing yourself in the winding red dirt trails. 

 We took the California Road Nature Trail

We took the California Road Nature Trail

Red and orange, purple, and white wild flowers lined the trail in every sunny spot. 

 Wildflowers littered the trails.

Wildflowers littered the trails.

We thoroughly enjoyed our quiet hike through forest and meadow on our short reprieve from teaching juggling, and we highly recommend it to anyone who finds themselves near Hinton, Oklahoma. 

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