As we approached the state park I couldn't help thinking the landscape reminded me of New Mexico. The mountains aren't mountains at all but more like flat topped hills made up of red dirt and selenite.
Selenite is an alternate name for Gypsum, a mineral that is transparent and colourless that exudes a pearly lustre which glows, thus the name Gloss Mountains. When the sun hits the mountains just right they sparkle and look like they are covered with diamonds.
Western Oklahoma is such a contrast compared to the eastern part of Oklahoma but it has a beauty all its' own. Northeastern Oklahoma is green and lush with lots of trees and is quite hilly, whereas western Oklahoma is more flat and there aren't as many trees and the dirt is red, and I mean red. In the western part of Oklahoma you will see farming communities and lots of oil wells. Woodward is almost two hours west of Enid and it feels like it is out in the middle of nowhere. Driving through Gloss Mountain State Park broke the boredom of a long drive of the same scenery.