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Most, if not all of Cimarron County, Oklahoma is at 4000 feet or higher elevation and contains the highest point in the state at 4973 feet. The climate is semi-arid and averages only 17 inches of precipitation per year. The southern and eastern parts of the county are mostly flat short-grass prairie and farmland. However the northwestern portion is far from flat and contains some of the most interesting topography in Oklahoma, known as Black Mesa.
Some of the many unusual rock formations found in the area.
The Black Mesa in the northwest corner of the Oklahoma Panhandle in Cimarron County is a unique and interesting landscape composed of mesas, buttes and rock formations left by volcanic activity. The highest point in Oklahoma at 4,973 feet is located here. In June the tree cholla cactus blooms, making this my favorite time to photograph here.