People all around Altus and the surrounding areas are looking for something fun and exciting to sink their teeth into this summer, and for those having trouble finding it, drive towards the mountains.
At the Quartz Mountain Nature Park, there are lots of fun activities to keep each family member entertained throughout the summer months. From swimming at the lake to playing a round of golf at their newly remodeled golf course, there is no shortage of fun to be had.
The rainfall as of late has once again put the lake near max capacity at 99.9 percent full and plenty of men, women and children have been enjoying the cool water since the heat kicked in. Jet Skis and boats have raced across the rippling water and explored all Lake Altus-Lugert has to offer, and not to be deterred by the 2013 golden algae bloom, there have been reports of fish being caught at the lake.
If swimming and boating are not quite what some are looking for, there are plenty of other activities to check out. Just before reaching the lake is the Quartz Mountain Fun Park, home to a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, go-carts, and a tilt-a-whirl. The park is open 2-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday and 1-9 p.m. Sunday. The go-carts are $6 per five-minute ride for a single car and $10 for a double. The bumper cars and other carnival rides are $3 per ride. There is a delicious snow-cone stand for those needing an ice cold refreshment in the scorching summer heat or a tasty food stand for those needing to replenish energy after all the fun. For more information call 580-563-2511.
Just to the south of the fun park are the Quartz Mountain Water Slides featuring two slides and a splash pool. For those looking to get some relief from the sun in an adrenaline-packed ride down the slide, the water slides are open 1-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An all-day wristband for $12 allows patrons to come and go from the park, so long as the wristband isn’t removed. For those looking for temporary fun, there is a $5 pass for 30 minutes. There is a height requirement of at least 36 inches to go down the slide and one can use either a tube or a mat to ride.
Want to have a private party at the slides? Private parties are allowed 7-9 p.m. weekdays and 8-10 p.m. weekends. For more information on the water slides, group rates, or private party rates call 580-563-2231.
Just across the street from the water slides and fun park is the Quartz Mountain Golf Club, which boasts an 18-hole par 71 course. The course is a challenge but enjoyable for those looking to soak up some sun and enjoy the game of golf in an area thick with mountains, trees and an all-around beautiful area. Newly remodeled, the course is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The price to play this lovely course and to rent a cart is $22 Monday through Friday and $25 Saturday and Sunday. Club rentals are $9.50 per set, per round, and driving range balls are $5 per bucket. There are monthly and annual membership options as well a discount for senior citizens. For more information, give the pro-shop a call at 580-563-2520.
Just up the road and over the bridge, tucked down to the south of the main road is the Quartz Mountain Paddle and Putt, now under new management. For those who want to duke it out in paddle boat races and those who are not quite ready for to showcase skills on the golf course and want to settle for a little miniature golf first, this place is the place to be this summer. They are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday during the summer season. For more information call 580-471-2706.
To the east of the paddle and putt are the campgrounds and picnic areas. The park has five camping areas, 19 full RV hookup locations, 100 electric and water hookup locations — five handicap accessible — and 99 primitive sites. There are restrooms and showers, sanitary dump stations, eight cabins with kitchenettes and even a group camping facility that has a maximum capacity of 125. Camp spots are on a first-come-first-serve basis. All one needs to do is set up a camping spot and wait for a park ranger to come and collect the fee. The fee for the River Road Tent Area is $10 a night for a four-person tent.
For those who enjoy the finer luxuries in life, there are plenty of cabins from which to choose. The one bedroom, one bathroom cabin sleeps four and is $130 per night plus tax. The two bedroom, one bathroom cabin sleeps six and is $135 per night plus tax. The two bedroom, two bathroom cabin sleeps 10 and is $155 per night plus tax. All come with a coffee maker and cabins one through eight come with a fireplace, fire pit and a grill.
There is so much to do at the Quartz Mountain Nature Park this summer that there is no excuse to not be there. The items listed are just a few of the things available this summer. There is also the Quartz Mountain Lodge and the north shore where the thrill-seeking individuals can load up their dirt bikes and ATVs and ride the sand dunes. For more information on this and many of the other exciting things happening around Lake Altus-Luger this summer call 580-563-2424. Remember, have fun and be safe.