Turkey calls for campers

This Saturday, take advantage of the one night a year campers and tents are permitted on the treasured Turkey Mountain.

The weather forecast makes for a perfect overnight stay at Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area this Saturday, Oct. 1. If you’re mourning summer’s end or celebrating fall’s arrival, consider paying tribute at the site’s once-a-year BaseCamp event. The event allows campers to purchase an overnight camping pass that allows one tent, with up to four people per tent, for a night on the mountain.

Festivities include games, food, live music, a campfire, and a “glow hike” after sundown. The event is family friendly and starts at 2 p.m. for early arrival permit holders and 4 p.m. for all others. Come early to claim your spot at the BaseCamp amphitheater. The fun lasts until 11 p.m., and then “hushed tones and sleepy sleep become priority No. 1,” according to the event website. Security guards will patrol the grounds during the night to enforce this rule and ensure everyone’s safety. Quiet time ends at sunrise, so bring earplugs if you’re a light sleeper. Early birds can take a yoga class with Rachel Calvert from Tulsa Yoga Quest at 8 a.m. The class is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

Camping options this year include tent setup from Homma Camp Co. Limited space is available, so purchase your tickets and reserve your parking spots before they’re gone. Ticket purchases benefit Tulsa River Parks Authority and Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition. Click here for ticket sales and event information.

Turkey Mountain is located just 7 miles outside of downtown Tulsa at 6850 S. Elwood Ave. The hidden gem offers numerous trails with views of the Arkansas River for hikers, runners, and cyclists to enjoy. Click here for more information on the urban wilderness area.

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