If you get in the car in Broken Bow and drive to Oklahoma City, stop and have lunch, get back in the car and continue through the Oklahoma Panhandle, you will see the landscape undergo an extreme change. The land becomes flat and on clear days you really can almost see forever. Highway 3 is straight as an arrow pointing west toward sundown.
At Boise City in Cimarron County, you angle northwest and head to the highest point in Oklahoma, Black Mesa, near Kenton. You are almost guaranteed see a herd of antelope along the way. The flat land gradually changes to mesas and western-movie perfect canyons. You almost expect to see a posse in pursuit of bandits come galloping over the rise. At Kenton, you are literally a stone's throw from New Mexico, and from the top of Black Mesa, you can see Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. How odd that the highest point in Oklahoma is a mesa, not a mountain.
|Black Mesa, Kenton, Oklahoma|
Photos of Beavers Bend and Black Mesa by Ron Stahl