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Roman Nose State Park, named after a Cheyenne chief, is one of the original seven Oklahoma state parks. Set amidst a beautiful canyon, gypsum rock cliffs and three natural springs, recreational activities at this state park include an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, hiking trails, two lakes, trout fishing in season, canoeing, paddle boats, mountain biking, horse stables and hayrides by reservation. Rentals include canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and mountain bikes. Swimming in the lakes is not allowed, but fishing and no-wake boating are welcome.
For a truly memorable stay, book a night at the beautiful Roman Nose State Park Lodge. The 22-room lodge, originally constructed in 1956, has been completely renovated to reflect the natural landscape of the area. The reconstruction emphasizes the lodge’s original mid-century design, while beautifully updating the look to today’s modern standards. The newly decorated rooms feature large showers, comfy beds, contemporary furnishings and large flat-screen televisions. The lodge also features several conference rooms and a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pets are not allowed in the lodge.
Roman Nose State Park also offers 11 cabins. Amenities include queen-sized beds, a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, a full kitchen, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, linens and a fireplace. Two of the cabins are pet-friendly. Overlooking Lake Boecher, the Pioneer Cabin can sleep up to five people between a queen-sized sleeper sofa in the living room and a full bed and fully adjustable twin bed in the bedroom. It also comes with a fully equipped kitchen, ground-level entry shower and spacious floor plan to accommodate ADA guests.
Campground facilities at Roman Nose State Park include 12 full hookup sites, 35 sites with water and electric hookups and 33 tent sites. A total of 27 campsites in the Bitter Creek, Two Lakes and Canyon Vista Campgrounds are available for online reservations, while all other sites are first come, first served. From April through October, book one of the park’s teepees for a unique overnight stay. These spacious structures can sleep up to four adults and include an indoor electric outlet an outdoor fire ring and grill.
For larger groups, book the Turkey Roost Group Camp. This private area offers a dining hall and A-frame bunkhouses that can accommodate up to 163 overnight guests.
Also located within the park is the Roman Nose State Park Golf Course. This 18-hole, par 70 course offers sloping bent grass greens, Bermuda grass tees and fairways, natural hazards, lake views, canyon walls and mesas. Facilities include a putting green and pro shop with cart and club rentals, snacks and drinks. Book a tee time online with the booking link provided. View the rate sheet for this golf course by clicking on “View Roman Nose Golf Course Rates” link under “Maps & Resources” above.
Please note that Roman Nose State Park Golf Course does not sell beer, although golf course customers are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages as long as they are not in a glass container. In addition, personal coolers must be of a size that only allows a maximum of 12 cans and should be able to fit discreetly in the baskets provided. For added convenience, the golf course pro-shop has coolers available for you to borrow while you are a guest at the course. Coolers may not be removed and must be returned after use.
***NOTICE*** Due to winterization at Roman Nose State Park, the Deer Run Day-Use comfort station and the Group Camp buildings and restroom will be closed from November 1, 2018 through April 1, 2019. The Canyon Vista and Beaver Dam campgrounds and bathrooms will remain open.
Oklahoma State Parks are open year round, although certain areas are temporarily closed for the winter season to prevent damage to structures during inclement weather.
The mesa, canyons, and grasslands surrounding Roman Nose State Park showcase the diverse terrain of western Oklahoma.
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Saturday July 11th- The Vogts Sisters. Folk and Americana music with tight and unique sister harmonies from Kansas
Thursday July 23rd- Town Mountain. Nationally touring, award-winning, and highly acclaimed bluegrass band from North Carolina.
Friday August 7th- Verlon Thompson (encore performance!) Legendary songwriter and musician originally from Binger/Lookeba, he now resides in Nashville.
Thursday October 16th- Wood and Wire. Nationally touring and highly acclaimed bluegrass band based in Austin, TX.
Thursday November 12th Hard Road Trio (encore performance!). Nationally touring bluegrass and Americana band from New Mexico
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The Watonga Public Library has a long and rich history. The library was started in 1906 through the efforts of Mrs. T. B. Ferguson, wife of Oklahoma’s 6th Territorial Governor and a small group of concerned women including Mrs. A. W. Sunderland, Mrs. E. E. McCord, Mrs. Isabelle Piper and others and contained about 1,100 books.
The Noble Hotel was built in 1912 as a boarding house. It boasts a unique Watonga history and is one of the six buildings listed in the National Registry of Historic Buildings in the Watonga area. It has been restored with a lot of community support since 2004. The downstairs has been converted into a nice restaurant with two dining areas. The upstairs has a small, private dining area with five unique rooms. Each room is named in honor of a prominent Watonga Citizen. Each room has its own private bath and is furnished with antiques and reproductions furniture and fixtures. Guests will enjoy a home-cooked breakfast included with their stay.
Room #1- The E.O. (Gene) Wheeler Room- This room has a king sized bed with a rolling pin headboard and a claw footed tub.
Room #2- The Dr. Theresa Tyler Room- This room has two double brass beds. It also has a slipper tub.
Room #3- The Clarence Knappenberger Room- This room welcomes you with a king size metal bed and the elegance of a pedestal tub.
Room #4- The Clarence Nash Room- The “voice of Donald Duck” has two twin beds and connects to the Hoberecht Suite.
Room #5- The Byron Wolfe Room- This room is the bridal suite with a 4-poster king size bed. It also has a Jacuzzi-type tub.
Room#6- The E.T. (Ernie) Hoberecht Room- This room has an oriental feel with a king size bed and jacuzzi tub.
Experience the nostalgia and ambiance of dining and staying overnight at the Noble House Bed and Breakfast.
Friends of the Library
Please plan to attend the next meeting. The Friends meet at 12 noon on the 1st Friday of each month at the library.
Call the library if you would like to join us for lunch.
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As a friend you offer a valuable service:
Promote awareness of the library
Supplement the library’s collections
Support Library services & Programs
Provide volunteer assistance
As a friend you get:
An Invitation to Opening Night of the annual book sale
Double movie checkout at the library
Free Library Card Replacement
Satisfaction in knowing that you are supporting the resources and services of your public library!
Donation of $1,000 annually to support Summer Reading Programs
Christmas Drawing for Watonga Bucks
Purchased laminating machine for the library
Provided staff salary to complete the digitization of the Blaine County Cemetery Index.
Provides volunteers each year to make the annual book sale a success.