From breathtaking views to rare wildlife to unique lodging opportunities, the Oklahoma State Parks are filled with unexpected treasures — and so is the 2017 Oklahoma State Parks & Outdoor Guide.

The new, free publication from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department encourages readers to unearth the unexpected, highlighting the diverse geography and out-of-the-ordinary adventures that make the Oklahoma outdoors so special.

The guide, which will be available Jan. 1, includes everything readers will need to plan once-in-a-lifetime Oklahoma outdoor vacations.

It features detailed information on the attractions and amenities of each state park, along with stunning photography that showcases their beauty. Unexpected treasures are spotlighted at each park, letting readers in on the surprising activities, hidden places and little slices of history waiting to be discovered in and around each one. Those who want to learn even more about the surprises in store in and around the Oklahoma State Parks can watch for a three-part series on highlighting the parks’ treasures.

The guide also highlights some of the state’s extraordinary outdoor activities, giving readers the scoop on where to explore an undeveloped cave, take a leisurely trail ride or land a trophy bass. Whether readers are seeking thrills or just some needed rest and relaxation, they’re sure to find what they’re looking for within the guide’s pages. Easy-to-use directories for outdoor activities, camping and cabins and lodging within the state are also included.

To start planning your Oklahoma outdoor adventure vacation, order the Oklahoma State Parks & Outdoor Guide free online at or by phone at (800) 652-6552 beginning Jan. 1.

The guides will also be available at Tourism Information Centers throughout the state.

Other free publications available from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department include the annual Travel Guide and the Discover Oklahoma Destination Dining Guide, as well as special interest guides like the Rhythm and Routes brochure and Route 66 guide.

An embeddable video with more details on the 2017 Oklahoma State Parks & Outdoor Guide is available on the TravelOK YouTube channel at

About the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department

The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department works to preserve, maintain and promote the state’s natural assets and cultural richness through tourism. The Department’s Travel Promotions division administers programs designed to build awareness of the state as a destination and educates on the economic importance of the Oklahoma travel and tourism industry. The staff also oversees the agency’s marketing and promotions efforts along with operating Tourism Information Centers located at major entry points around the state. To learn more about the Department, visit