Ultimate Guide to Quartz Mountain State Park

Quartz Mountain State Park is a wonderful destination for people looking to get away into Oklahoma’s beautiful and remote Wichita Mountains. Whether you’re looking to do some hiking, biking, rock climbing, bouldering, or camping while catching epic sunsets and sunrises, Quartz Mountain State Park has something that will interest any outdoor lover! Quartz Mountain State Park is one of the most scenic places in Oklahoma!

We’re sharing how to have a wonderful trip exploring this beautiful and remote state park in Oklahoma!

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Baldy Point Summit Trail

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Quartz Mountain State Park Oklahoma – Travel Guide

Tucked within the Wichita Mountains of Southwest Oklahoma and Lake Altus-Lugert, Quartz Mountain State Park is the perfect remote outdoor getaway. The Park is roughly nine miles from the quaint community of Lone Wolf.

Consisting of over 4,000 acres of land, Quartz Mountain was one of Oklahoma’s original seven state parks established in 1937.

The area has so much jaw-dropping natural beauty. While driving to the park through the plains, visitors begin to see the Wichita Mountains come into view, making it one of Oklahoma’s most unique state parks.

Activities for Quartz Mountain State Park are endless! Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing, bouldering, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and more.

It is one of the most beautiful places for a landscape photography hobbyist too!

We’re sharing some of the best things to do to help plan the perfect escape to Quartz Mountain State Park.

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Baldy Point

Quartz Mountain Oklahoma Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Check into campsite – reserve online with Oklahoma State Parks App
  • Set up camp
  • Scenic drive – get acquainted with the park and where facilities are before dark
  • Enjoy camp dinner – we are huge fans of Good to-Go dehydrated camp meals, especially when we are pinched for time after traveling all afternoon.
  • Catch the sunset – there are pull-offs along the road to catch the sunset driving towards the lodge

Day 2:

  • Catch the sunrise over Lake Altus-Lugert
  • Camp breakfast
  • Morning hike – Check out Baldy Point and Cedar Valley
  • Back to camp to refill your water bottles and have lunch
  • Afternoon hike – check out a few short hikes near the campgrounds such as New Horizon Trail or Cave Trail by the Lodge
  • Camp dinner
  • Catch the sunset – don’t forget a camera (we have this one)!

Day 3:

  • Sleep in, enjoy camp, have breakfast
  • Morning Bike Ride – Cruise the Heart Healthy Trail
  • Tear down camp and rig up to head home!

Things to Do at Quartz Mountain State Park

Continue reading for more Quartz Mountain activities and things to do while visiting!

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Golden hour at Lake Altus-Lugert

Quartz Mountain Oklahoma Hiking Trails

When you visit any state park in Oklahoma, we highly recommend bringing a map of the trails with you. This is useful regardless of if you’re hiking or biking.

Oklahoma’s beautiful landscape can be hard to navigate at times, and there tends to be a lack of cell phone reception; having a map that includes the trail will come in handy when you’re out exploring.

If you need an awesome Oklahoma Trails Map App, we use AllTrails. You can download the app on your phone and even download maps for offline use.

Multiple hiking trails meander throughout the park, each one offering a unique look into Oklahoma’s beauty. Every trail has its own unique length and difficulty level.

Here are our favorite hiking trails:

  • Baldy Point through Cedar Valley
  • New Horizon Trail
  • Cave Trail
  • Twin Peaks Trail
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Cedar Valley

Quartz Mountain State Park Biking Trails

Whenever we go on a camping trip, we always take our mountain bikes. It is nice to have bikes to commute around the park.

There is one designated biking trail here, the Heart Healthy Trail.

The Heart Healthy Trail is a 1.8-mile paved trail from the campground area to the park’s entrance at state highway OK-44.

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New Horizon hiking trail

Quartz Mountain State Park Camping

When camping here, there are plenty of campsites available for you to choose from! There are five campground areas.

In addition, there are primitive sites for tent camping, Class B sites for smaller RVs and pop-up trailers, and full hook up for larger RVs with concrete pads.

We camped with our Aliner at Live Oak Campground North, with class B hookup (water/electric). The site was graveled and shaded in the trees next to the swim beach and boat launch. It was also within walking distance of the New Horizon Trail and biking distance to the Heart Healthy Trail.

Make Quartz Mountain State Park camping reservations online through the Oklahoma State Parks App. Visitors don’t have a formal check-in if making reservations online through the app. We were told we could just show up – and we did!

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Hiking in Cedar Valley

Rock Climbing & Bouldering at Quartz Mountain

There are plenty of spots available for you to try your hand at scaling these incredible rocks when it comes to rock climbing!

Quartz Mountain is a famous rock-climbing destination in Oklahoma.

There are also lots of opportunities for bouldering near Baldy Point and along the New Horizon Trail.

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Bouldering at Quartz Mountain State Park Climbing area

Water Activities in Quartz Mountain State Park

Bring your boats, kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to enjoy Lake Altus-Lugert.

There are a few fishing platforms for fishing along the lake. Folks were also fishing from the shoreline.The main boat launch is located near Live Oak Campground North.

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Lake Altus-Lugert fishing pier

Best Time of Year to Visit Quartz Mountain State Park

Suppose you’re looking to take advantage of early morning hikes so you can experience some beautiful landscape photography without having tons of people around. In that case, we recommend going between late October and mid-April (before it gets too hot).

During the fall, you’ll be able to see some amazing fall colors that are only heightened by the crisp morning chill. The temps will be perfect for hiking since it won’t be too hot or too cold during this time of year! 

Quartz Mountain State Park is open year-round to camp and explore.

Quartz Mountain State Park Map

Other Questions You May Have Before Visiting

How High is Baldy Point?

Baldy Point, also known as Quartz Mountain, is 2,040 feet in elevation.

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Near Baldy Point summit

Does the campground have showers?

Yes, the campgrounds have showers, flushing toilets, and hot water.

How much does it cost to enter Quartz Mountain State Park?

It is free to enter; however, parking a vehicle during the day requires a parking pass.

If camping or staying at the lodge or cabins, the parking fee is included in your reservation cost.

Does Quartz Mountain have cabins?

Yes, cabins are available.

Does Quartz Mountain State Park have a lodge?

Yes, there is a beautiful lodge at Quartz Mountain State Park. The renovated lodge is currently open.

Is there a grocery store?

The nearest place to get groceries or toiletries is at the Walmart in Hobart, 20 minutes away!

Be sure to bring all your camping food, drinks, and snacks with you!

Does Quartz Mountain State Park have a restaurant?

There is a restaurant coming soon, Foggy Bottom Kitchen.

Call Quartz Mountain State Park ahead of time for inquiries about the restaurant hours.

Is there cell phone reception?

Cell phone reception is hit and miss. There is some reception near the Live Oak Campground and some throughout the park. We could send texts from Live Oak Campground North.

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Hiking in Cedar Valley

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Quartz Mountain State Park.

Be rattlesnake aware while hiking with your fur baby!

We did see a rattlesnake on the Baldy Point Trail near the summit in October.

Can you swim at Quartz Mountain State Park?

Yes, there is a swim beach near the Live Oak Campgrounds to swim in Lake Altus-Lugert.

Is there a pool?

Yes, there is an indoor pool for folks enjoying the lodge and cabins.

Is the Park crowded?

We visited in October during the middle of the week, and the place was not crowded. We passed a couple of hikers on the trails, but that is it. The campgrounds had visitors, but there were no crowds.

What is the North Shore Area?

There is a campground and ATV area, the Eagle’s Roost, in the North Shore Area.

We drove around the North Shore Area in October, and it was pretty sleepy – a few folks in their RVs.

For hiking, boating, and exploring more of the park on foot, we recommend the side of the lake with the lodge.

Can you have campfires at Quartz Mountain State Park?

Yes, campfires are allowed within the fire ring as long as there is not a fire ban.

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Many Reasons to Visit

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Hiking at Quartz Mountain State Park

What makes this such a fantastic getaway spot is that it isn’t too far away from major cities such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City, and very few people know about just how incredible Quartz Mountain State Park is!

On a clear day, you can see the Wichita Mountains far off in the distance.

You probably won’t have any trouble getting a campsite outside of peak season!

If you’re feeling adventurous, there are beautiful hikes that will offer some more secluded areas with stunning photo opportunities, such as the Baldy Point Summit.

We hope you have an amazing time exploring everything that this state park offers because it truly is an outdoor gem located right here in Oklahoma.

Thanks for reading!

Ashlee & Pablo

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Ashlee Fechino

I’m an outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness. My goal is to help people live their best life by sharing how simple and fun it is to travel locally. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. I’m married to an expat Argentine, Pablo! We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, and hiking.

14 Comments

  1. Missy on October 20, 2021 at 11:06 am

    I’m not sure why but I always pictured Oklahoma as flat! This looks beautiful, but not sure how I feel about seeing real-life rattle snakes in the wild! Great post!

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 20, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Missy! We used to think that before we moved to Oklahoma too! There is so much diverse terrain. So fun to explore! It is always good to be snake aware when hiking but I have only ever seen 2 hiking my entire life! XX

  2. amy on October 20, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Quartz Mountain looks beautiful, I would never have thought that Oklahoma would have so many things to do!

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 20, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Amy! It was so fun to hike the area. Oklahoma has a lot of remote places to explore!

  3. Nina on October 20, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I did my first RV trip this year and can’t wait to do another. It sounds like Quartz mountain might be on my spring bucket list!

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 20, 2021 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Nina! So fun to hear that! Oklahoma is awesome to explore. Have a great time.

  4. Josy A on October 20, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    It sounds like visiting in October is the way to go, with that perfect weather for all those gorgeous hikes! I looove the views up Baldy mountain (and I can sort of see how it got that name!!) Oklahoma mountains are beeeautiful!

    It’s awesome to hear how well set up the campgrounds are too – with hook ups and warm showers. That almost sounds like glamping. 😉

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 21, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Hi Josy! October is always a great month to camp and hike. You would love hiking around here. So pretty. Thanks for reading.

  5. Clare on October 21, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I have never heard of Quartz Mountain state park and wish I had back when we were doing van life! It seems like such a nice place to camp out and explore the trails. So great to hear that dogs are allowed in the park. We’ll have to plan a trip there without the van!

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 24, 2021 at 11:30 am

      Hi Clare! Quartz Mountain State Park is one of our favorite state parks to hike in Oklahoma. It is so rural with awesome views. Come back and see Oklahoma!

  6. Burt Randall on October 24, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    You’guys really know how to have fun, and hike. Oklahoma is beautiful !!

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 24, 2021 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Uncle Burt! So nice to see a comment from you! Thanks for reading! <3

  7. Cristina Sala on October 24, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Ashlee querida. Estoy maravillada con los lugares tan bellos que hay en Oklahoma y tan cerca de vuestro hogar. Todo lo que pueden disfrutar y caminar. Las fotos muy lindas .

    • Ashlee Fechino on October 27, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      ¡Hola Cristina! Gracias por dejarnos un mensaje. Estamos muy felices de explorar Oklahoma. ¡Te amamos!

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