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The oldest park in the refuge system, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is a part of the old Comanche Indian domain, now home to one of the largest public buffalo herds in America. The buffalo are generally in sight, except during the exceedingly hot months of July and August. Interspersed with prairie meadows, this weathered granite rockpile also contains a herd of Texas longhorns, descendants of animals rounded up in Texas when the breed was near extinction.
A system of hiking trails and a rough 'n tumble wilderness area challenge all levels of skill, but this is best done in the cooler months of October through May. More than 22,000 acres are open for public hiking, wildlife viewing, and nature study, and an additional 40,000 acres can be visited during special tours arranged through the refuge. A new interpretive center is one of the best in the nation and appeals to all ages.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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