People from all over the USA and many foreign countries come to play in our sandbox! Little Sahara State Park is nearly 2,000 acres of living sand dunes and is only 3 miles from downtown Waynoka. It is among the most popular sand dune parks in the nation, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Camping has been made easier with online reservations at the park. Find camping information for Little Sahara State Park at www.travelok. com. There are multiple private campgrounds located adjacent to the park and in Waynoka as well as a motel and weekend rentals for those who want more comfort than camping allows. You can ride your ATV or ORV on our trail to town and park on the street in front of your favorite store or eating establishment, get your fuel or riding accessories, camping supplies or groceries for the weekend; it’s all available right in Waynoka.
Waynoka is known as the Little City by the Sand. But wait, we’re known for our rattlesnakes, too! The 71st Annual Rattlesnake Roundup happens the first weekend after Easter. During this annual event, our town grows by 10-20 times our usual population with all kinds of folks looking for fun, and they find it here in Waynoka. Hunters bring in the snakes during the weekend and visitors can brave the Den of Death to get a close-up view. The butcher shop will be open, and yes, you can taste snake meat. There are carnival rides for the young and young at heart, food and merchandise vendors line the streets and an area ABATE Chapter hosts a Biker Rodeo on Saturday at our rodeo grounds. Snakes are measured and prizes awarded on Sunday afternoon to complete the weekend. This three-day event has something for everyone!
We’re also known for the Cimarron River Stampede Rodeo, the oldest ongoing rodeo in the area celebrating our 81st year in 2017. Sanctioned by UPRA, KPRA, IPRA & open rodeo associations, This event is held the second weekend in August and attracts some of the best rodeo cowboys and was ranked in 2016 by UPRA at #1 nationally for highest paying added money. Thursday night is kid’s night, with special events and activities just for them. You’ll enjoy the special performances nightly that include the thrilling musical chairs race! Food vendors are onsight at the rodeo grounds with specialties like meatloaf burgers and chicken fry sandwiches. Bring your appetite and your enthusiasm and enjoy three great nights of rodeo at its finest.
One of our historical treasures, the Harvey House and Santa Fe Depot stand next to one of America’s fastest and busiest rail lines, the BNSF Transcon. The Waynoka Air Rail Museum showcases Waynoka transportation history on the second floor of the Harvey House. Both the Harvey House and Santa Fe Depot are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Train watching abounds in Waynoka and the surrounding area. Just south of Waynoka blacktop roads lead out to the countryside where the scenic vistas show off beautiful sunrises and sunsets. It’s no wonder that Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart found Waynoka such a charming place to visit!