There was a time when Robbers Cave State Park wasn’t named as such. If it had been, that would have been a pretty obvious tip for police to go searching there, and they might have stumbled upon outlaws such as Jesse James, Belle Starr, and the Youngers hiding out from the law. The wooded hills, rugged caves, and remote location made it an ideal place for the infamous to disappear after robbing a train or showing the townsfolk their bare ankles.
Today, this same natural landscape attracts a different sort of adventurer—rappellers, cave explorers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. The park's 8,200 acres play host to three fishable lakes that teem with trout and perch, and the trails offer scenic trips for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Climbers scale and rappel sandstone cliffs, and the wilderness area's wildlife attracts hunters and nature watchers alike.
After days spent trying to track down the old outlaw cave among sandstone hills and cliffs—some of which tower to 1,500 feet—visitors can cozy up to the fireplace in one of the 26 park-view cabins. To make visits comfortable, the cabins feature fully equipped kitchens, linens, and satellite TV, as well as central heat and air. The Belle Starr lodge also welcomes guests, and there are plenty of sites for tents, RVs, and stockpiles of loot as well.