Property at a Glance: Roman Nose State Park
Situated in a sprawling canyon near the shores of Watonga Lake, Roman Nose State Park hearkens back to the old-fashioned Western vacations of mid-century America. You’ll hunker down in the comfortable 22-room lodge, a recently renovated landmark from 1956 that provides a home base for outdoor exploits, such as hiking, fishing, or golfing at the nearby course.
- Fuel up for adventure at the lodge’s onsite restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (Opening hours vary seasonally.)
- Stay connected with WiFi, available in the lodge’s common areas and rooms.
- Keep your eyes on the skies: The park is home to dozens of species of birds, from orioles and flycatchers to great horned owls and ospreys.
- No equipment? No problem!: The Roman Nose General Store maintains a full selection of rentable biking, fishing, and kayaking gear.
Watonga, Oklahoma: Small-Town Living and High-Plains Nature near Roman Nose State Park
Though the town of Watonga has become bigger since its days as a tent city during the Land Run of 1892, it’s never outgrown the hardy, resilient spirit of its early Native American residents. Much of their unspoiled landscape is preserved today as Roman Nose State Park. Named for a celebrated Cheyenne chief Henry Roman Nose, the park was one of the first seven wildlife areas declared official Oklahoma parks. Visitors can catch glimpses of native birds, traverse well-maintained trails by foot, bike, or horse, and spend some time on the lakes. Undisturbed by swimmers or large boats, the waters are known as prime spots for catching rainbow trout.
If you need a break from park life, Watonga has other charms, too. Check out the vaulted dome of the Blaine County Courthouse, find the Chief Roman Nose mural at the Watonga Post Office, or learn about the town history at the Ferguson Home, the stately plains mansion of former territorial governor T.B. Ferguson. In Autumn, you can also catch the Watonga Cheese and Wine Festival, which began in the days when the city housed Oklahoma’s only cheese plant.