Refuge Headquarters/Visitor Center: The visitor center hours are from 7:30am to 4pm, Monday through Friday. It is closed on Federal Holidays. Here, refuge staff and volunteers are available to provide you with maps, brochures and checklists and let you know what is happening on the refuge. This is also where the business of the refuge is conducted.
Summer HoursFrom April 1st through October 15, the visitor center is open on Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Please call ahead to verify as visitor center hours are dependent on volunteers.Enjoy the RefugeThe refuge is open all year during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset). No entrance fee is required. Enjoy wildlife-related activities, including wildlife watching and photography, as well as hunting, fishing, environmental education and interpretation.Digging for CrystalsCrystal digging is permitted from April 1 through October 15, sunrise to sunset. The digging area is closed from October 16 through March 31. Learn more about digging here.Directions: The refuge headquarters is located 1.5 miles southwest of the junction of State Highways 11 and 38. The town of Cherokee is located 14 miles to the west and the town of Jet is located 14 road miles south of the refuge headquarters. The refuge is approximately 50 miles northwest of Enid, Oklahoma.
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Salt Plains National
Wildlife Refuge is the only known site in the world where unique selenite
crystals with hourglass inclusions are found. Because these crystals form in wet
soil, sand and clay, particles are included within the crystal giving them their
unique "hourglass" shape inside.