In anticipation of our newest clinic location, coming soon, in Altus, we asked one of our staff who has local knowledge of the area to share with you some of the ways to make your visit to Altus special. The following is a
Guest post by Summer Edwards, Patient Care Coordinator/ Surgery Scheduler.
Small Town Family Fun in Southwestern Oklahoma
Are you from out of town or maybe even a local looking for something you and your family can enjoy together?
Some of our patients travel from out of town, some local, and many from surrounding towns and would like to combine their visit with us and maybe do some sight-seeing or make a weekend trip. We are often asked for recommendations of neat things to see or fun things to do while in the area. Here is a small list of things to check out, together with links to make it hassle free for you:
Quartz Mountain Resort, Arts and Conference Center is located on Lake Altus in the Wichita Mountains of Southwestern Oklahoma. This beautiful resort was rebuilt in 2001 and is now a lodge styled hotel. It has lots of hand painted art that provides a visual of the heritage, hiking trails if you’d like to hike in the mountains, go boating on the lake, play a round of golf on the beautiful 18 hole golf course, explore the Arts Institute, check out the Sundance café, or just relax at the lodge!
There is also a waterpark with slides and a small amusement park just across from the golf course where you and your family can take a trip down the slide or just enjoy the pool to cool off, ride the go carts or bumper cars, play mini golf, or just stop in for a snowcone.
The Backdoor Steakhouse in Blair is known for it's outstanding prime cut, aged Angus steaks. They also offer a mean prime rib, shrimp, and catfish. Out of town guests come from all over to join locals of this small southwest Oklahoma community just to enjoy a meal here, where you can start your experience by grabbing a handful of peanuts to enjoy while waiting on your food and tossing the shells on the floor when you’re done.
Stop in and check out the small Museum of the Western Prairie. The Museum of the Western Prairie shows the history of southwest Oklahoma. Follow the story through history of the American Indians, frontier soldiers, and the cowboys.
This 59,012 acre refuge was established in 1901 to help species in danger of extinction and restore species that had been eliminated from the area. This refuge has since reintroduced to the area bison, elk, wild turkey and more recently the river otter, prairie dogs, and burrowing owls and is now home to more than 50 mammal, 240 bird, 64 reptile and amphibian, 36 fish, and 806 plant species. Visitors to the refuge can enjoy wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, special events and much more.
Meers, home of the "Best Burger in Oklahoma". Once a bustling town of miners seeking gold in the Wichita Mountains, now all that remains of the town of Meers now is the world renowned family restaurant of the same name. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was once a drugstore, doctor's office, newspaper office and general store before it became a restaurant. Meers serves a selection of steaks, barbecue, home-baked bread and lots of good desserts including homemade ice cream, cobbler, and pies.
By Oklahoma Shoulder Center PLLC
May 1, 2020