A Guide to Hiking Wichita Mountains

Author's Note

I've been to the city of Wichita, Kansas (once, to see a concert by the rock band Tool), but had never heard of the Wichita Mountains. I've also seen a preserved bison herd in Kansas, but to see them from the decidedly more impressive terrain of the Wichita Mountains would be pretty amazing. I'd love to hike into the refuge and camp for a few nights under the stars (imagine how many stars you can see out there with no major cities nearby). Next time I'm in that part of the country, it's on my to-do list.

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  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. "Geology." (Accessed May 21, 2012.) http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/oklahoma/wichitamountains/geology.html
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. "A Brief Refuge History." (Accessed May 21, 2012.)http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/oklahoma/wichitamountains/refhist.html
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. "American Bison." (Accessed May 21, 2012.) http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/oklahoma/wichitamountains/bison.html
  • Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition. "Quartz History." (Accessed May 21, 2012.) http://www.wichitamountains.org/quartzhistory.html