Rough Horsetail Nature Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 4 trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park
Rough Horsetail Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hinton, OK that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.6 miles 22 feet Loop
dogs on leash kid friendly birding camping hiking nature trips rock climbing walking forest river views wild flowers wildlife rocky washed out
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A very fun place to hike and camp, also provides designated repelling areas. Bring cloths that can get dirty for the red rocks do tend to stain cloths. There are multiple loop routes to choose from so you can hike it multiple times and choose different routes each time. The trail is very scenic and varied in its short distance. A number of short climbs and some areas that can be wet.

Jason Scott
22 days ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Christiane Rataic
2 months ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Aga Pawluczuk
2 months ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Great short trail to do with a toddler. Lots of little bridges, streams, hills, and stairs to climb over. Waterhole, trees to climb on, side trails if you're feeling adventurous.
Took me and my 3 year old a little over an hour to walk this trail. We took our time and explored.

ron rataic
3 months ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

A fun hike, and a good opportunity to gain some sweat equity for your appendages. Yes, the rocks really are red.

Christiane Rataic
3 months ago

7 Completed6 Reviews

Emma Welty
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Brien Terrell
3 months ago

8 Completed9 Reviews

Nice short hike. Interesting vegetation. Nice stream....

Debbie Murnan
3 months ago

67 Completed61 Reviews

Debbie Murnan
3 months ago

67 Completed61 Reviews

Jeremiah Smith
6 months ago

10 Completed1 Reviews

Chris Howard
6 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

Well maintained nature walk. It's a good warm up walk for the rest of the trails in Red Rock Canyon State Park.

Amanda Johnston
6 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

We did this walk with several toddlers & babies. They did great, the canyon walls kept the wind off us and nice and warm.

Doug Neidholdt
1 year ago

617 Completed619 Reviews

A nice unique trail with varied scenery. Definitely a must when at the park.

Jesse Puckett
1 year ago

29 Completed36 Reviews

A fun hiking trail for intermediate level. Make sure you bring plenty of water in the summer. It gets warm down in the canyon. The trail is easy to find as it winds the canyon rim, but finding a way down is another thing. There are multiple places to descend safely...but they are easily mistaken for other more dangerous routes.

Overall an easy trail even for kids or less experienced hikers. And it's close to OKC (45 minutes). A good hike when it's cold and windy because the canyon walls keep the wind at bay.

Matt Tower
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Nice trails. Not too hard at all. For the civilized the bathrooms are near. I walked the Horsetrail and California. Both are very easy and it would be a real challenge to get lost. Lots of wildlife and plants. If the dogs stay on the trail there are no issues but if they stray the stickers and cactus await.
I wasn't looking for a huge challenge I just wanted to enjoy and it's close.

Zara Huntley
2 years ago

10 Completed4 Reviews

Nice little trail. I went early in the morning about a week after an ice storm in December. There was hardly anyone on the park. Nicely marked trail with little rickety bridges over the stream. There's a spot near the plunge pool where you can go up on top of the canyon and its all beautiful red sandstones, this was my favorite part.

Barry Pawelek
2 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

The park entrance is quite steep, but the rest of the park is a lot of fun.This (Red Rock Park). Has good camp sites and would commend this location for beginners with children. They have a small fishing hole and a great rock climb. A rebuilt swimming pool also.

Min Worley
2 years ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Completed this trail November 2013.
The actual Rough Horsetail trail is only .5 miles. A little further down from the Rough Horsetail trailhead, there is another trailhead that has several tracks (blue, orange, pink, yellow). We completed both trails. All of the tracks are very well marked, and you can really criss cross through the different tracks and make your hike as long or short as you want. However, the trails are not varied, nor is there very much up and down.

Also, you might want to leave your fury friend at home as there are lots of hitchhiking thorns in the color tracks that will stick to the bottom of their paws making the hike virtually impossible. We did not come across any thorns during the Rough Horsetail track, just the colored tracks.

Joe Zultewicz
2 years ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Enjoyed the trail for the most part. Got there early in the morning to beat the heat. Take insect repellent ; part of the trail the Horse flies are pretty thick and aggressive.. Great place to camp over note .

Jack O
3 years ago

0 Completed1 Reviews

This is a very basic. I've gone here since I can remember. You well enter and drive down a step winding slope be careful. Park a far down as you can because you will most likely come it there.