One of Southwest Oklahoma's amazing bike rides is coming up soon! Tour of the Wichitas will take place Saturday, June 17 and it's the perfect opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking sites in the state.

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Tour of the Wichitas is an annual bike ride hosted by the Friends of the Trail and starts on Fort Sill, winds through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and ends back on post. This year's ride will take place Saturday, June 17. Here's how the ride is described on the Tour of the Wichitas website:

Tour of the Wichitas offers a beautiful cycling ride through the Wichita Mountains and the historic Fort Sill military base — all near Lawton, Oklahoma. The bike ride takes you through some of the most enchanting scenery in Southwest Oklahoma.

The route passes by the Fort Sill Museum and some of the base’s most important historical properties. The longer rides have a water stop at the Visitor Center in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. You can pause here and learn about the makeup of the refuge along with what types of animals it supports. From the Visitor Center you may ride back by Mt. Scott through Medicine Park, or on a breathtaking downhill that will pass the Meers Restaurant and loop around Lake Lawtonka back to Lawton.

This is a smell-the-roses ride. Take your time, look around and enjoy!

Online registration for Tour of the Wichitas is now open!

If you're an avid bike rider, now is a great time to get registered for this year's Tour of the Wichitas! Online registration is now available and will be live through Thursday, June 15. And if you're a t-shirt lover like me, then you'd better get signed up quickly as there is a limited number of t-shirts available for riders!

For routes, registration and a calendar of events, visit the Tour of the Wichitas website.

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