ATVs are popular in Oklahoma. The terrain makes for exciting rides, whether you’re in desert country in southwest Oklahoma, green country in the northeast, or near one of the lakes. Many communities have designated off-roading opportunities for ATVs, but make sure you know Oklahoma law before riding. All riders under the age of 18 must wear a DOT-approved helmet and double riding is prohibited on public land, unless the ATV is designed to carry passengers. Here are five great places to take your ATV for a day of fun!
Lake Murray is a popular vacation site for Oklahomans. The ATV trails are on the northwest side of the lake. The trails area costs $10 per rider. It’s about 1,000 acres for ATVs, motorcycles, and dirt bikes. There are about 10 miles of trails with great sand. There is a campsite in the area to let you spend your time focusing on the ride, not on all the details.
Little Sahara is probably the most popular spot for off-roading and ATVs with almost 1,500 acres of sand. The park is completely geared toward ATV riding, and you can even ride at night. Riders must pay a daily fee of $10, but there are miles of trails in the sand dunes, as well as open areas of sand. There are plenty of places to rent ATVs, gas up, and get drinks and food. You’ll also find over 200 campsites, first come, first serve. You’ll want to make sure you have the proper equipment to ride, so check their website for more details!
There are about 33 miles of open road in the Ouachita National Forest open to ATVs year-round. During the summer, another 20 miles open up. You need a permit to ride in the area, and you have to make sure you stay on the open roads. Off-roading on the forest floor is prohibited. The rules are there to protect the environment. Read the rules before taking your ATV out, but the terrain is varied and challenging.
Robbers Cave State Park opened to ATVs last year. It’s open only to ATVs, no Jeeps. There are 250 acres with trails for riding, and what makes this park unique is that it is mostly rocky and rugged terrain. It’s much different than the two other state parks where ATVs can ride. The terrain can be steep at times, but the views are amazing. It costs $20 a day per ATV, not riders. The park is open dawn to dusk. There are no rental opportunities in the area.
Red River ATV Park is for those who enjoy mud and sun. It features over 400 acres of riding area, that is open all year-round on the weekends. You’ll find showers and bathrooms, as well as a vehicle wash station. You’ll need to bring your own ATV, because there are no rentals. It costs $15 per person per day, but if you love riding through the mud, this is one of the best spots in Oklahoma.
*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.