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Great Plains Trail - South Canadian Loop Great Plains Trail - South Canadian Loop Tourism And Recreation
The landscapes in this loop are the effect of three prairie rivers - the Cimarron, the North Canadian and the South Canadian. Flooded woodland, cattail wetlands and natural springs are nestled amongst rolling uplands carpeted with mixed-grass prairies and eastern redcedar (This not a misprint – this evergreen is not a true cedar but an invading juniper!).
Great Plains Trail - Black Kettle Loop Great Plains Trail - Black Kettle Loop Tourism And Recreation
To be able to boast of over 30,000 acres of mixed-grass prairie as well as sheltering over 100,000 wintering geese suggests an amazingly diverse loop! The landscape of this loop includes mixed-grass prairies, wooded ravines, rolling red hills, shinnery oak mottes, creeks, wetlands and the Washita River.
Great Plains Trail - Caddo Canyons Loop Great Plains Trail - Caddo Canyons Loop Tourism And Recreation
Great Plains Trail - Bats And Bluffs Loop Great Plains Trail - Bats And Bluffs Loop Tourism And Recreation
More than 250 million years ago, this area was covered by a warm, shallow inland sea. Millions of years of streams cutting down through this region have resulted in gypsum capped bluffs, gorges, and canyons exposing soft red shale and sandstones. Caves and extensive cave systems created by the dissolution of gypsum provide critical habitat for many species of hibernating and breeding bats.
Great Plains Trail - Quartz Mountain Loop Great Plains Trail - Quartz Mountain Loop Tourism And Recreation
Great Plains Trail - Salt Plains Loop Great Plains Trail - Salt Plains Loop Tourism And Recreation
As the traveler approaches this Loop, a view of the horizon shows sand dunes with what surely must be the white sands of a beach out beyond the dunes. Has a wrong turn been made? Actually the traveler is on track to visit one of the most highly specialized habitat types in the Great Plains – the Salt Plans, the heart of this Loop. The Salt Plains, a geologic wonder, consists of thin deposits of evaporated salt over mud interrupted by channels and pools of shallow water.
Great Plains Trail - Black Mesa Loop Great Plains Trail - Black Mesa Loop Tourism And Recreation
Within the eastern half of this loop the well-mowed lawn look of the shortgrass prairie pervades the landscape from horizon to horizon. Dotted with yucca and extensive prairie dog towns the shortgrass prairie is home to a unique set of wildlife species including burrowing owls, long-billed curlews, swift fox, and ferruginous hawks.
Great Plains Trail - Gloss Mountain Loop Great Plains Trail - Gloss Mountain Loop Tourism And Recreation
Great Plains Trail - Playa Lake Loop Great Plains Trail - Playa Lake Loop Tourism And Recreation
Great Plains Trail - Sand Hills Loop Great Plains Trail - Sand Hills Loop Tourism And Recreation
The most striking aspect of the landscape in this Loop is that it is so diverse: there are shinnery oak mottes, tablelands, the extensive wooded area and springs within Boiling Springs State Park, two sandy-bottomed, wide rivers, and the extensive sand hills covered with mixed-grass prairie and sand sagebrush. Unique in these sand hills are the shinnery oak mottes, which to the human eye, resemble round gazebos scattered throughout the prairie.
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