Gloss Mountain State Park, Fairview

4.4
#19 of 58 in Nature in Oklahoma
Glass Mountains State Park is an Oklahoma state park located in Major County, Oklahoma, near the city of Fairview, Oklahoma. A recreational-educational park that is accessible 365 days a year for hiking and picnicking, from sunrise to sunset. There are no campsites or other overnight accommodations in the park. Facilities include a restroom, pavilions, picnic areas, grills, public water supply, handicap trail to historical marker, and a hiking trail from base parking lot to the top of Cathedral Mountain and across the mesa to view the valley floor and Lone Peak Mountain. Points of interest include land geography, geological formations, Selenite gypsum, scenery and wildlife. This range is also known as the Glass Mountains.
The park operates under a partnership between the state of Oklahoma's Department of Tourism and Recreation and the citizens of Fairview, Oklahoma. In 1977, the state appropriated $125,000 to match $125,000 from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to buy 640 acres along U.S. Highway 412 for a public park. However, the state could not fund the completion of the proposed park, so it leased out the land for grazing until 1997. In that year, representatives from the Tourism and Recreation Department met with local residents, who formed a Conservancy to manage the park. The local residents maintain the facilities, the state provided the land. The Conservancy also pays for a gatekeeper who opens and locks the park at night. There are no fees for using the park.
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  • Amazing, breaking, and western feel. There is a parking area right next to the highway. The glimmer of the ground is mystical. There are stairs to climb up to get a nice view.  more »
  • This park really exceeded my expectations in a big way. It’s like Utah meets Oklahoma. We took the climb, and the view was amazing. The gypsum shines even as you drive by. The only thing I can say bad...  more »
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  • This place is gorgeous, especially if you come from a flat area where mountains are rare. The only reason this didn't give it 5 stars is because there is stairs almost to the top, but if you want to make it to the peak, you gotta climb. It's an easy climb but might present an issue for some people. In all, a great experience.
  • Gloss Mountain state park is a beautiful mountain. They have stairs to climb up the mountain. But you need to wear closed toed shoes to climb up the stairs. Wearing open toed shoes will make it difficult to climb up the mountain. There are snakes around so need to pay attention to it. The views from the mountain top is very nice.

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