Quartz Mountain State Park in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, overlooks the pristine waters of Lake Altus-Lugert and is an ancient, sacred, and inspiring site. Formerly ceremonial grounds for Kiowa, Comanche, Wichita, Apache, and Caddo tribes, Quartz Mountain is now home to an Arts and Conference Center. The Center is an ideal retreat for arts immersion. With the 700-seat Twin Peaks Performance Hall, a state-of-the-art darkroom, five studio pavilions, an outdoor amphitheater, the Beverly Badger Memorial Library, and the Quartz Mountain Art Collection, the Arts and Conference center is the region's artistic epicenter. Nature lovers enjoy hiking and biking trails, bird watching, and a unique Oklahoma ecosystem. The Arts and Conference Center at Quartz Mountain is truly an Oklahoma treasure.
Directions to Quartz Mountain
PLEASE NOTE: Mapquest and many GPS devices do not have map data that leads to the Lodge. OAI participants have commented that their GPS system caused them to get lost on the way to Quartz Mountain. Please make note of the following directions:
From the West:
Follow I-40 east to Exit 20 at Sayre, OK. Follow Hwy 283 South approximately 45 miles, thorough Mangum, to the Junction of 283 & 44. (Do not take any dirt roads.) Turn a sharp left on 44 and drive until you see the Quartz Mountain Resort sign, where you will turn left onto Highway 44A and follow the signs back to the Resort. Inside the park, follow the signs to the Lodge.
From the East/Oklahoma City Area:
(Please note—If traveling from the Norman area, you will save 30 minutes by taking Hwy 9 West/ H.E. Bailey Spur to Exit 83 at Chickasha and heading west on Highway 9 to Hobart, then continuing with these directions from Hobart.)
Follow I-40 west to Exit #66; take Hwy 183 south toward Cordell/Hobart (35 miles). Turn right onto Hwy 9 west (not Business 9) to Lone Wolf (9 miles). At Lone Wolf, turn left onto Hwy 44 south (8 miles). Turn right onto junction 44a (1 mile). Inside the park, follow the signs to the Lodge.
From the South:
Take Highway 287 to Wichita Falls and on to Vernon, Texas. Exit onto Highway 283 in Vernon going north through Altus, OK, continuing north to the Junction of 283 and 44. Turn right to continue north on 44 for approximately 2 miles to the Quartz Mountain Resort entrance. Turn left onto Highway 44A and follow the signs back to the Resort. Inside the park, follow the signs to the Lodge.
From the North:
Take I-35 south to Oklahoma City. Take I-40 west from Oklahoma City to Exit #66 and head South on Hwy 183 toward Cordell/Hobart (35 miles). Turn right onto Hwy 9 west (not Business 9) to Lone Wolf (9 miles). At Lone Wolf, turn left onto Hwy 44 south (8 miles). Turn right onto junction 44a (1 mile). Inside the park, follow the signs to the Lodge.
Hotels/Motels in the Altus Area
Visitors are encouraged to reserve hotels as soon as possible. There are a limited number of rooms available in the Quartz Mountain area.
Microtel Inn & Suites
3210 N. Main
52 deluxe rooms, Serta Beds, free long distance, free high speed internet, free laundry facilities, continental breakfast and more.
Hampton Inn & Suites
3601 N. Main Street
Altus, OK 73521
Free wi-fi, luxury beds, swimming pool, fitness center, and free hot breakfast.
Deer Ridge Bed & Breakfast
129 S. Broadway
Hobart, Ok 73651
Family-run B&B includes suites good for families.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2812 E. Broadway
Altus, OK 73521
68 rooms, complimentary breakfast buffet, free high-speed wireless Internet access, heated indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, microwave & refrigerator in every room, standard guest rooms and suites available.
2515 E. Broadway
122 rooms, restaurant, banquet facilities, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, game area and club, handicap rooms, in room refrigerator and coffee maker
Altus Best Western
2804 N. Main
100 Rooms, Banquet facilities, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, handicap rooms, lounge and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast
3202 N. Main
39 Rooms, continental breakfast, swimming pool
Super 10 Inn
1501 E. Broadway
50 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, rooms with indoor spa available, handicap rooms and truck parking
Falcon Inn Motel
2213 Falcon Road
92 rooms, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, and lounge
510 North Main
2117 East Broadway
1800 N. Main
47 Rooms, outdoor swimming pool, restaurant
• Archeological evidence suggests Paleo-Indian people hunted wooly mammoth near Quartz Mountain between 11,200 and 20,000 years ago. Excavations at the Cooperton Site in Kiowa County provide the earliest known evidence of people in the state of Oklahoma.
• Spain and France traded Quartz Mountain several times before the U.S. bought the area as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
• The tiny town of Lugert was flooded to create a municipal water supply for Altus in 1927. Today, Lake Altus-Lugert also provides irrigation for 48,000 acres of southwestern Oklahoma farmland.
• Quartz Mountain officially became a state park in 1937.
From the Quartz Mountain Collection