Charon'S Garden

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

An enchanting landscape awaits you in southwestern Oklahoma on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Located within the more than 59,000 acres that make up the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area offers a unique back-country camping experience. The Charon's Garden Wilderness area consists of a rocky, rugged landscape, with areas featuring huge granite boulders, scattered around on the granite surface. In addition to enchanting landscapes the Charon's Garden Wilderness Area offers miles of walking and hiking trails and opportunities for solitude, inspiration, physical challenge, renewal, and back country camping. A back country camping permit is required year-round for all overnight trips into the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. Permits are not required for day hiking. Permits are issued for three-day periods: Friday-Saturday-Sunday or Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday. No permits are issued for Thursday. No more than 10 people will be issued permits over any three-day period. To reach the designated back country camping area a 1.5 mile hike is required. The trail is not marked and is considered a moderate to strenuous hike. The back country camping trail head begins at the Sunset Picnic Area. Back country campers are required to park vehicles at the Sunset Picnic Area and display permit on their dashboard.

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Permit & Season Information

A back country camping permit is required year-round for all overnight trips into the Charon’s Garden Wilderness Area. Permit allows permit holder and the specified number in the group to hike in to the designated camping area and stay overnight. Permits are issued for three-day periods: Friday-Saturday-Sunday or Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday. No permits are issued for Thursday. No more than 10 people will be issued permits over any three-day period.

Permits can be reserved up to three months in advance. 

Need to Know

When applying for or reserving a backcountry camping date in the Charon's Garden Wilderness Area, I certify that:

The safety of visitors and protection of this wonderful, natural resource, are always our top priorities. As such, securing your permit also comes with agreement from you and your guests to the following:

Fee Policy

Reservation Fee: A $10.00 non-refundable reservation fee is required for each overnight permit reserved.

Recreation Fee: $5.00 per person

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:

Change Policy:

Contact Information

Mailing Address

32 Refuge Headquarters Road Indiahoma OK 73552

Phone Number

(580) 429-2118

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