Tackling the Western Oklahoma trails
While some wheelers know about awesome 4x4 areas in eastern Oklahoma, they may think the western part is nothing but prairie grass, oil derricks, and Indian reservations. That may be true for most of the state, but muddy ravines and rocky canyons do exist just outside the flatland of southwest Oklahoma. Right near Sayre, the land makes a subtle change from the pancake variety to some interesting knobs and mesas, all holding true treasures of 4-wheeling paradise.
We first visited Buzzard Canyon Off Road Park three years ago while scouting for the Ultimate Adventure, and fell in love with the place. Steep, muddy, dusty, and challenging terrain all roll into one big ball of fun at the park, and owners David Tignor and Darren Hood run it the way they like to wheel. Started in 2010, Tignor and Hood leased the 1,320-acre park from Larry and Donna Hood. Locate 14 miles south of Sayre, it is the largest park in western Oklahoma.
With trails from mild to wild, they hosted a Dirt Riot event last spring, and this year put on their own competition event as well. The two-day endurance race in conjunction with Allen O’Neal and the Coppermines Offroad Park is unlike anything else in the sport. The park is getting more and more popular, as it’s a great change from the eastern-end parks such as Clayton and Disney.
We were lucky enough to wheel after a recent rainfall, which gave us some muddy, goopy, crawling dirt in addition to cliffs, shelves, and hills. Camping is available on site, and the nearby town of Sayre has facilities right on U.S. Route 66. The county courthouse was even featured in the movie The Grapes of Wrath. Check out the park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/davidtignor, or call Tignor at 580.729.0308.