Quartz Mountain showcases a resort, restaurants, and entertainment for the family

In southwest Oklahoma, is a majestic mountain area called The Quartz Mountain Resort. It is located outside of Lone Wolf and the mountains are large with a pink hue which overlooks the beautiful Lake Altus.

    Quartz Mountain is located in an area commonly known as “Texoma.” This area unites Oklahoma with the Texas border. Many of the towns are lost in time with their displays of vintage gas stations and architecture.

    Quartz Mountain, located on a camp ground, is part of a resort called Quartz Mountain Resort. According to the Quartz Mountain resort website, the resort is 17 miles north of Altus in the Wichita Mountains.

   The resort  offers three types of cabins: a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 2 bed/1bath, and 2 bed/2bath. The amenites include complimentary high-speed internet, nature trails, and mini golf. The campground is surrounded by Lake Altus, which features beautiful views of natural scenery.

   An hour north of the Quartz Mountain area is a town named Medicine Park. The town is actually a hidden town which requires driving through a secret entrance. Medicine Park is flanked by quaint lodges, breathtaking scenery, and a swimming hole. The Medicine Park Bath Lake Area costs $3 per person a day and is well worth the price. The hours of operation are 10a.m.-8p.m.

   Surrounding the town are various eateries and retail shops. Among the restaurants are Riverside Café, which is near Medicine Creek. There are offerings including burgers, steak, and chicken fried chicken. They are most notable for the catfish. The hours of operation are Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11a.m.-8p.m. The telephone number is (580) 529-2626 and they are located at 104 East Lake Drive. There are also other restaurants such as Mrs. Chadwick’s Bakery and Coffees, and Small Mountain Street Tacos.

Retail shops dot the streets of Medicine Park such as the Basecamp Adventures, a store to find hiking and boating gear; Chaps My Ass, a shop for motorcycle enthusiasts; Discovery Outpost, for all kinds of games and toys. For live music, check out Park Tavern located at 196 East Lake.

   Surrounding Medicine Park are all kinds of things to do such as visit the Wichita Mountains Refuge where 565 different species roam free in unspoiled paradise. Visitors can check out the various walking trails or go on a picnic. The refuge allows for controlled hunting of elk and white-tailed deer. Fishing is also permitted in the refuge with a valid Oklahoma fishing license.

   The Museum of the Great Plains is an excellent museum to learn about Oklahoma history. In it is the tornado simulator, the Terrible Tuesday tornado theater, which makes the experience of being in a tornado come to life. There are lots of interactive exhibits and fun things to do with kids. The hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 10a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. The cost of admission is $10 for ages 13 and up, ages 3-12 is $8 and two and younger are free.