• Along the Washita - 1868 by Gene V. Dougherty

    Washita Battlefield

    National Historic Site Oklahoma

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  • Parking Lot Repaving Project

    The Visitor Center parking lot and the Overlook parking lots will be repaved on Monday, September 29. These areas will still be accessible to the public, however, traffic flow may change during the project. Please be aware during your visit.

Birds

Scissor-tailed flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Oklahoma's state bird)

NPS Photo

While most animals at Washita are secretive in their activities, the most noticeable inhabitants are birds. Raptors, such as the American Kestrel, the Red-tailed Hawk, and the Swainson's Hawk are often seen gliding overhead scouting for a delicious mouse or rat.

Other distinctive birds, such as the Western Meadowlark, the Northern Bobwhite, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Wild Turkey are usually found closer to earth.

Did You Know?

Indian Blanket

According to legend, the Great Spirit created the Indian Blanket to honor an Indian artisan. Also known as the Firewheel, this state wildflower of Oklahoma can be found while walking the trail at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site.