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Drive the Great Plains Trail and experience nature at its best!....
Great Plains Trail of Oklahoma  You may have noticed the familiar sign bearing the series of 13 driving loops that take you through areas that provide the greatest likelihood to see wildlife. Along each loop are stopping points, which include both public and private lands. From antelope to armadillos, from bison to butterflies, from roadrunners to ringtail cats, western Oklahoma and the Great Plains Trail abound with wildlife. In addition to wildlife viewing, you'll encounter opportunities to hike, ride horses, go caving, dig for crystals, swim, rock climb, camp, boat, hunt, fish and explore museums and historic markers. As you travel western Oklahoma you'll meet welcoming people, experience friendly small towns, and discover breathtaking landscapes. Wide, lazy rivers, deep red canyons, sparkling lakes, shimmering salt flats, bubbling springs, seas of prairie grasses and star studded skies, all await your exploration.  A recent marketing tool for the Great Plains Trail is the introduction of &the bird biz cards. These cards feature pictures of the birds one would find along the particular loop along with the common and Latin name. A description of the species along with the name and phone number of the sponsoring business are found on back.  For more information on the Great Plains Trail visit the official website. You can locate a trail that fits your trip. Load up the family and hit the road to experience all the great wildlife that calls Oklahoma home.  Click this link to visit Great Plains Trail. http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/greatplains/wildlifetrails.htm
The Oklahoma Wildlife & Prairie Heritage Alliance The OWPHA was formed to provide enhanced coordination, cooperation and communication to conserve the short and mixed grass prairies diverse habitat and unique wildlife which is found in Western Oklahoma. The OWPHA distributes information to assist landowners, informs the regions communities and businesses, and serves as a conduit for wildlife and prairie heritage programming opportunities for the area. The main objective is to bridge the gap between programs and projects. The OWPHA is the parent of the Great Plains Trail. It works with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife in developing features of the trail. The association covers 33 counties of Western Oklahoma. The OWPHA was voted Outstanding Supporting Organization 2009 by the Oklahoma RC&D. Info at www.owpha.org
Agritourism has best been defined as inviting the public onto a working farm or ranch to purchase products, learn, have fun, or just relax. Most people in the industry simply describe Agritourism as the crossroads where agriculture and tourism meet. Agriculture has long been Oklahomas largest industry and tourism has grown to be our states third largest industry. It only makes sense that we link these two industries to increase Oklahoma communities for tourism markets.   Agritourism is a growing industry and one that has strong potential in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has a unique western and culturally divers heritage. From the ancient civilizations displayed at the & Spiro Mounds, to the Great Plains Trail featuring thirteen scenic driving loops that highlight the native wildlife, prairies, culture, and terrain, to the forced placement of the Five Civilized Tribes, to the crossing of the Santa Fe Trail and the rowdy history of the cattle drives of the Chisholm Trail and the Great Western Trail, to the pure excitement of each and every Oklahoma Land Run, no other states history can compare to ours!   The terrain of Oklahoma is one of Americas most diverse. From southeastern Oklahoma’s forests to the vast tall grass prairie in Osage County, to the beautiful rolling hills of the northeast and the wheat belt of north central Oklahoma, to the open short grass prairie of western Oklahoma and the Mesa country of the farthest reaches of the Panhandle, Oklahoma has it all! Its time we show off what we have and be proud.
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