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Quartz Mountain State Park

Shimmering Mountain on Lake Altus-Lugert

Mileage16 miles (26 km)
DurationThe duration is an estimate of a one-way drive and does not include any stops or side-trips.19 minutes
SeasonsThe seasons listed are the best seasons for this scenic drive. If Winter is not mentioned, the road may be closed during the winter.All Seasons
RoadwaysOklahoma Highway 44
ServicesThe cities or towns listed have either Food or Services such as gas, hotels, pharmacies, etc.Altus, OK, and Lone Wolf, OK
Rating
2.8 average from 10 votes
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Quartz Mountain is on the western end of the Wichita Mountains and is one of Oklahoma’s grandest state parks. The mountain itself is among the oldest ranges in the United States. Once around 20,000 feet high, continued erosion has reduced it to its current 2,040 feet high. Quartz is one of the many minerals that make up granite and it is this mix that creates magic, as the mountain shimmers like diamonds in the sun.

The scenic drive begins in the small cotton farming community of Blair, which is on US-283, just north of US-62 from Altus. To the north of the town, the Quartz Mountains welcome you to the region.

Heading north on OK-44, you travel over the North Fork Red River arriving at OK-44A which leads to Quartz Mountain State Park.

Native Americans have a rich history here, with Quartz Mountain a ceremonial ground for Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, Apache and Caddo tribes. Explored by Americans in 1834, Quartz Mountain officially became a state park in 1937. The Oklahoma Arts Institute makes its home here as well, with education programs, library and 700-seat performance hall.

Entering the park, you are quickly rewarded with a glorious view of Lake Altus-Lugert. The tiny town of Lugert was flooded to create a municipal water supply for Altus in 1927 and today provides irrigation for 48,000 acres of southwestern Oklahoma farmland. Rocky boulders and rugged granite mountains surround the lake, creating a serene picturesque view, perfect for a picnic, swimming, boating, fishing and camping. The park is well-known for rock climbing, being one of the best examples of granite-face climbing outside Yosemite.

With its many naturalist programs including eagle watching, sand dunes and hiking trails, Quartz Mountain State Park offers something for everyone. For those looking for off-road action, the Eagle Roost ATV Area is open from April to October.

Back on OK-44, head north along the shores of Lake Altus-Lugert and pass the current town of Lugert. Our scenic drive comes to an end in Lone Wolf. From here, consider continuing the adventure with our Wichita Mountains drive, by following OK-44 to US-183 and heading south to East 1570 Road.

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