Great Steaks on the Chisholm Trail
Total Mileage/Average drive time
118 miles, 2 hours, 14 minutes
Oklahoma is synonymous with great steaks, and with good reason: The Sooner State is known for stockyards, cowboys and the Chisholm Trail—one of the greatest cattle trails in the world. Here, thousands of cattle herds were driven from Texas to Kansas during the 1870s. Follow the old Chisholm Trail and renew your love affair with the Wild West.
1. Duncan - Starting Point
The old Chisholm Trail ruts run deep in Duncan, thanks to the cowboys and cattlemen who drove their herds through here. At the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, you can experience what life was like on the trail, from the smell, to the sites, to the sounds: Lasso a Longhorn steer, experience the rain and wind of an approaching storm, feel the ground shake as cattle stampede and listen to trail stories around a campfire. Then saddle up and head in to Wright’s Steak House for an Oklahoma steak with all the fixin’s, or stop by Ridley’s Butcher Shop for hand-cut, quality steaks, aged to perfection.
2. Chickasha - 40 miles, 49 minutes
Just out of town at the crossroads of the Chisholm Trail and Fort Cobb Stage Road, traces of the old trail can still be found, along with the remains of the once booming town of Fred, including the old trading post, a stage coach and an old western grave yard. Mosey over to Shannon Springs Park, once a watering hole on the Chisholm Trail, before checking out the Grady County Museum, home to historical records and documents of those early pioneers who settled the area. Russell up some grub at Ken’s Steak & Ribs where the steaks are grass fed Angus Prime cuts, dry aged and raised at nearby Pennar Ranch.
3. Oklahoma City - 43 miles, 44 minutes
Once a cowboy mecca, you can still experience the legacy of the Wild West in Oklahoma City at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Gain a true sense of the Old West at the museum’s 200,000 square foot complex featuring significant western artwork and sculpture by world-renowned artists. See over a dozen major exhibition galleries about cowboys, rodeos and Native Americans, and walk the streets of a turn-of-the-century old Western town. Then, it’s time to amble on down to Stockyards City and the Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, where legendary steaks have been served for over 100 years.
4. El Reno - 35 miles, 41 minutes
The past intersects with the present at El Reno, where the historic Chisholm Trail (now Highway 81) crosses the iconic Route 66. Discover first-hand historic Fort Reno, a military post set up to protect against the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and keep the peace during the Land Run of 1889. Used as a remount station and a POW camp during WW II, over 25 historic structures remain on fort property including the post chapel, officers quarters, guard house and the post cemetery, where monthly lantern tours are held. Lay that appetite to rest at Johnnie’s Grill, famous for their onion burgers; meaty burgers embedded on top with tasty, caramelized onions.