The Oklahoma landscape is truly diverse, ranging from mountains, hills and mesas to grasslands, high plains and deserts. This video showcases the diversity of the state’s environment from corner to corner and destinations in between– set to the beautiful sound of Chickasaw citizen Tabitha Fair singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Enjoy this breathtaking tribute to Oklahoma’s exquisite natural wonders.
The Oklahoma landscape is truly diverse, ranging from mountains, hills and mesas to grasslands, high plains and deserts.
The 20th largest state in the United States, Oklahoma is known for its expansive plains and its sweeping topographical diversity from east to west – it has more distinct ecological regions than any other state. Oklahoma has four primary mountain ranges: the Arbuckle Mountains, the Wichita Mountains, the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains, the latter two of which mark the only major mountainous region between the Rockies and the Appalachians. Oklahoma’s northwestern corner harbors semi-arid high plains, few natural forests and a rolling landscape with intermittent mesa ranges and canyons. Oklahoma holds the highest number of artificial reservoirs in the nation and has more than 500 creeks and rivers and over 200 lakes created by dams. Forests cover 24 percent of the state, and prairie grasslands substantially cover the central and western portions. With 50 state parks, six national parks or protected regions and two national protected forests or grasslands, there is ample opportunity to explore the fascinating landscape of Oklahoma.
To learn more about Chickasaw singer Tabitha Fair, whose rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is featured in this video, click here.