After navigating floating platform staircases, dodging living-room-level bosses, and searching for randomly appearing bathroom keys, most homeowners come to regret purchasing houses built by video-game designers. Take a respite from virtual chaos with today’s Groupon to Robbers Cave State Park in Wilburton. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a one-night stay in a one-bedroom cabin or lodge (up to an $88 value).
- For $45, you get a one-night stay in a two-bedroom cabin or a specialty cabin (up to a $108 value).<p>
Robbers Cave State Park steeps patrons in a natural cocktail of scenic woodlands, caves, and mountain trails, welcoming guests with 26 fully stocked cabins and a nature center equipped with activities and exhibits. At each elaborate campsite, visitors will enjoy classic comfort and rustic décor paired with modern amenities. Rich wood-paneled walls frame stone fireplaces, which keep guests cozy while checking the satellite TV for cooking shows devoted to the preparation of s’mores. Each climate-controlled cabin is also equipped with its own complete kitchen—refrigerator, range, utensils, coffeepot, and dishes—which guests may use to refuel after hiking, fishing, or mountain biking.
The 8,246-acre park, which also hosts caves, lakes, and sandstone cliffs, owes its name to iconic outlaws including Belle Starr and Jesse James, who were known to take relaxing time-outs in the area during elaborate games of hide-and-seek with law-enforcement officials.
Robbers Cave State Park
There was a time when Robbers Cave State Park wasn’t named as such. If it had, it would have been a pretty obvious tip for police, who 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 amid the Sans Bois Mountains 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—rock climbers, cave explorers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts. The park's 8,200 acres include 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.
After trying to track down the old outlaw cave among the sandstone hills and cliffs—which can reach heights of 1,500 feet—visitors warm up next to the fireplace in one of the park's 26 cabins. To make visits comfortable, these feature fully equipped kitchens, linens, and satellite TV, as well as central heat and air. The Belle Starr View Lodge also welcomes guests, and there are plenty of sites for tents, RVs, and stockpiles of loot as well.