As crisp autumn days give way to the colder temperatures of winter, Broken Bend, Oklahoma takes on an entirely new character in step with its seasonal change. The beautiful mountains that characterize this part of the state lose much of their foliage, making hiking the hundreds of miles of trails that cross the state parks the perfect opportunity for expansive views. On snowy days, hikers can rent a pair of snowshoes and enjoy the sights just as the trappers did hundreds of years ago.
Cross-country skiing is another opportunity to enjoy the occasional snowfall in the area. Pack your skis and hit the trails for the chance to enjoy a whole new aspect of the area’s wilderness beauty. Horseback riding is another wonderful way to take in the winter beauty. Hire a guide for the day and pack into the backwoods with a steaming thermos full of hot chocolate. Along the way, you’ll encounter turkeys, pheasants and other wild creatures. Eagles are known to spend the winter months in the area, so visitors will want to keep an eye on the skies in hopes of spotting these magnificent birds.
After a day on the trails, there’s almost no better way to recuperate than by enjoying local specialties. There are several wineries in the area, as the climate is ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and other favorite varietals. Take an afternoon to tour the wineries and enjoy sampling their various offerings along with a plate of delicious local cheeses.