West Park District

Circle 10 Council

Robbers Cave & Mineral Wells

Both Robbers Cave near Wilburton OK and Mineral Wells offer some really nice climbing/rappelling on some great cliffs and rocks. For all climbing activities you should have competent certified instructors. Our contact for all climbing activities is Alx Eller- email: jalxeller@yahoo.com 817-721-5728 and/or Jeff Silos 469-360-4477. Alx is a teacher and outdoor guide for Exposure. The cost is approx $35 per scout with a 10 scout minimum.


Robbers Cave State Park whose real claim to fame is as a legendary hideout for the infamous Old West outlaws Jesse James and Belle Starr is a great place to visit. The park offers rugged cliffs for climbing in addition to 3 lakes, trout fishing (in season), and miles of hiking and at least 25 miles of equestrian trails.


Robbers Cave State Park

 P.O. Box 9  Hwy 2 N

Wilburton, OK 74578


Phone:   918-465-2565

Toll Free:   800-654-8240

Fax:   918-465-5763

E-mail:   robberscave@oklahomaparks.com


Link to all the information about camp sites, the stables , canoeing , history and other amenities in the park:


The Deep Ford and Carlton campgrounds are close to the road but also on the river/lake and are pretty nice. There is a large group camp near the climbing area with a 50 person minimum.


This is another link where you can book cabins and RV sites, and lots of detailed maps



This is an excellent trail map with descriptions of the three hiking trails in the park



Getting there:

Robbers Cave State Park is 195 miles from Dallas and takes about 3 hrs and 21 min:




Map of the climbing area and routes:








































Mineral Wells State Park


Lake Mineral Wells State Park is one of the closest climbing areas to Dallas at approx 1.5 hrs (84 miles) away. The climbing area is a small maze of sandstone conglomerate bluffs named Penitentiary Hollow. The best time to go is from late fall through spring but keep in mind they close the climbing area if it is wet.


Currently you need to pay $5 per person to enter the park (free if you have a Texas State Park pass) and $3 per climber. Also, every climber must sign in.


Mineral Wells State Park

100 Park Road 71

Mineral Wells TX 76067

940/328-1171 (call for conditions)


Here is a link to the website for the park that contains all the information that you need for camping, hiking (12.8 miles of trails), biking on the 20 mile Trailway,  geocache , swimming (no lifeguards), fishing and boating (canoes, kayaks and rowboats). They also have 20 equestrian camp sites. Details are at this link:



Link for Geocaching at the parks:



Directions to Mineral Wells :







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