Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge(Jet)

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
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星期一
上午7:30 - 下午4:00
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上午7:30 - 下午4:00
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上午7:30 - 下午4:00
星期四
上午7:30 - 下午4:00
星期五
上午7:30 - 下午4:00
星期六
上午10:00 - 下午5:00
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RR 1, Jet, OK

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MNDoodles
明尼苏达斯蒂尔沃特608 条分享
Unique and Serene
2021年10月
Even though the Refuge Visitor Center was (still) closed in October 2021, a very kind ranger stepped out of his office to speak with us outside. He even brought out two refuge passport stamps so I could stamp my National Parks Passport. We walked the 1.25 mile Eagle Roost trail near the Visitor Center. We saw a few pelicans at distance and a diamond backed water snake was on the trail. He wasn’t interested in us and slid back into the water. This is a lovely level trail with or without birds and we recommend it. We drove to the other side of the refuge, through the town of Jet, to try digging for selenite crystals. You will drive about 5 miles on a bumpy gravel road to reach the digging area but a regular car should be ok. The landscape changes to flat salty plains, a surreal place the day we went since it was cold, rainy and only one other couple was in sight. We didn’t have a shovel but found several crystals on top of the soil. We enjoyed our day here because it was so unique, out of the way and quiet. About an hour to drive from Ponca City, well worth it.
撰写日期:2021年10月31日
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Pooky225
俄克拉何马州塔尔萨75 条分享
Peaceful
2020年9月
Very peaceful. great place for a photographer. All manner of wildlife, we drove through it and stopped to take pics. Untouched, just beautiful.
撰写日期:2020年9月12日
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jbwhitehouse
德克萨斯州达拉斯1,601 条分享
So Much Free Fun
2020年8月
We--grandparents and grandchildren--had a wonderful experience digging for selenite crystals. It was very easy and yielded a lot. It was almost addictive "oh, let me dig for just one more." We spent close to 2 hours and had a lot of fun.
I read other's comments and advise which was very helpful. Here are my observations:
Go to the bathroom in Jet. The woman at the gas/grocery was very understanding. No restrooms in the dig area vicinity.
Follow the posted signs from Jet to the dig area; it is only a short distance on unpaved roads. Our GPS wanted to take us a long way around on paved roads.
Once you get to the entrance of the Wildlife Refuge, it is about a 1 mile drive to the posted, designated dig area. Drive slowly. There are many depressions in the "salty-sandy road". If it had or is raining, I would not go.
Once you arrive at the dig site, park, and decide where you want to dig. We dug in 3 places and had great success near our parked car.
One place we dug a very deep hole to get to the water table. Another hole we used a hand shovel, dug a small amount, and felt along the side of the hole for something sharp. The third hole we dug a somewhat flat depression and felt for something sharp. In all 3 cases we succeeded in getting many selenite crystals. These crystals are not big. Perhaps the size of one's thumb at most. The hourglass-shape is within the "sharp" item--the crystal itself is not in the shape of an hourglass. Something we did not realize at first.
Suggested items to bring: vinyl-type gloves to keep your hands clean, water to drink and clean the sand from the crystal, a Ziplock bag or bucket for the crystals, a piece of cardboard to sit on, a small hand shovel and even a small hand trowel. We did not feel the need for the big shovel.
Have fun!
撰写日期:2020年8月10日
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suze h
俄克拉何马州Enid7 条分享
amazing wildlife
2020年5月
Go for the day to see eagles, pelicans and other waterbirds. Camp at the nearby state park. Dig for crystals, go fishing, hiking. bring water if you g digging. be prepared t be really filthy afterwards.
撰写日期:2020年8月10日
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AlphaRam
俄克拉何马州Broken Arrow2,991 条分享
Can You Dig It?
2020年4月
My wife and I, along with two teenage granddaughters, made the journey from Broken Arrow to the wildlife refuge in about 3 hours. Had we known what we know now, we could have drove it in 2.5 hours.

For directions, type in “Great Salt Plains Selenite Digging Area” into the maps on your phone.

Things to know:
- Free admission
- There are NO restrooms at the site (there are in the adjoining state park)
- There is next to nothing in Jet, OK for facilities – plan your route through Enid.
- From US 64, you will travel on a dirt road on a county road. To get to the site, you will finish on a gravel road.

Things to take:
- Sunscreen
- Water to drink
- Water to wash hands
- Rags/old towel
- Regular-sized shovel - to dig a big hole (if desired)
- Garden hand shovel
- Screwdriver – to aid in carefully moving dirt around a crystal
- Sunglasses – the entire area is bright as snow
- Pieces of cardboard to sit upon
- A folding chair to sit in when you get tired sitting on the ground
- Some people bring a wagon for the little kids
- Container (with lid) to put the crystals that you find.
- Container to put garden tools, etc. in for carrying to/from dig site. (we used a 5 gallon bucket)
- Plastic bag to cover the big shovel to and from your house
- Wet wipes may not be a bad idea

Finding a location to dig:
Determine which way the wind is blowing. Go to an area, away from the parking area, and get upwind of others. In this way, no coronavirus can blow on you.

NOTE: The crystals will be brown from the soil. You can clean them when you get them home.

One method (I found on a website):
- Use a shovel to dig a hole about two feet deep and two feet across until you reach wet sand ...
- Allow two or three inches of water to seep in from the bottom.
- Use your hand or a container to splash water gently against the sides of the hole ...
- When you find a crystal formation, continue splashing to wash it free of the supporting sand and clay.
- At this stage of the process, the newly exposed crystals are wet and fragile so use great care removing them.

We started digging a deep hole picture attached), but abandoned that effort before very long. With all of the recent rain, we found crystals, around holes, that others had dug. The holes, that others had dug, were at least several days old. Look through the dirt piled around such holes. I found a number of crystals, in the dirt piles, next to previously-dug holes.

Shallow digging with the hand shovel netted a bunch of crystals for my wife. I found a lot of mine by walking around and getting bigger ones that were just under the surface.

NOTE: Place your phone where it will not fall out into a wet hole. Remove wedding ring, watch, etc, if doing the deep hole.

When finished, use water to rinse your hands. Rub hand together. Pour more water on hands, then dry.

Be careful walking to and from your dig site. There are holes and uneven terrain that can cause you to fall.

We stayed for several hours and found a number of crystals.
撰写日期:2020年6月3日
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Simon Fitzgerald
俄克拉何马州Bixby2 条分享
Very Free, Very Interesting!
2019年10月
I went to this place with other friends, and it was very awesome! Although there were high winds, it didn't stop us from finding (and digging up) many selenite crystals, some big, some small. We also met a pleasant man; Selenite Sam, who was digging up clusters of selenite crystals!

10 / 10, would come back again. (And recommend too!)
撰写日期:2019年10月10日
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KatieSho
Oklahoma20 条分享
Worth the drive!
2019年10月 • 家庭
My family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It is worth the rural drive. Something very unique. We will go back in the future! You might think finding the Crystals is difficult.. it’s not! It has just rained and we found many just sitting on the surface as the dirt was washed away.
Tips: bring water to drink and water to wash crystals with! Bring towels, food (there is no eating establishment close)!
When you first drive into the salt plains there is a wooden overlook. Stop here first! We kept driving and did not know there were bathroom and some information posters. I will include those poster.. I took pictures.
If it has just rained a lot, you might not be able to get into the place!
撰写日期:2019年10月10日
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Mikael H
俄克拉何马州Cleveland20 条分享
Excellent and Free
2019年9月 • 家庭
We had a great time digging for selenite salt crystals. We brought bottles of water, 2 pie tins with holes poked in them 3 trowels, a small spade hoe, towels, and a bucket. Next time we go we will bring a large shovel, swimsuits, and something for shade like an umbrella. It was so fun digging but we also just put our feet into the holes and squeezed the mud/sand with our feet. Some of the holes are big enough to splash and swim around in. When we left we brought home lots and lots some very big.
Stick to the top layer to find the most.
撰写日期:2019年9月1日
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Tiptoechaney
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Fun walk
2019年7月
We walked the trail and saw a lot of wildlife along the way. It’s a very clean area and the trail is well maintained. So many birds to watch and the view is beautiful. Highly recommend!
撰写日期:2019年7月28日
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Otherworldly
2018年7月
This place is like no where else! It felt like being on the set of a sci-fi movie. Just white crystals and dirt and little puddles of water. The winds were strong and it was hot. We were totally unprepared to dig crystals and were unsuccessful in finding any selenite crystals. However, it was one of the best experiences with my high school and college age kids. The lake and dam are really nice too. We will be going back, prepared this time to try to find the selenite crystals.
撰写日期:2019年6月28日
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