El Reno Community

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Fort Reno
Points of Interest
Heritage Express Trolley

New to El Reno is the Heritage Express Trolley, the only rail based trolley in the great State of Oklahoma. The trolley runs from Heritage Park, located on the grounds of the Canadian County Historical Museum, and travels through the downtown area where where you can exit to enjoy a great meal at one of the unique restaurants or browse at one of the many specialty shops. The trolley will run Wednesday through Sunday. Call ahead to confirm scheduled times.

Historic Downtown

Historic downtown El Reno is located at the intersection of two state highways, nostalgic Route 66 and the official Chisholm Trail, or Highway 81. Downtown offers many opportunities for unique shopping, from Victorian to southwest. Tour our art gallery, discover great antiques and collectibles, visit the candle factory or just eat at one of the great restaurants. Join us for the downtown experience.

Fort Reno

Fort Reno was established as an Indian Territory military fort in 1875 and is located four miles west of El Reno on Route 66. Fifteen buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places are adjacent to the parade grounds. The historic Post Cemetery is the location of the annual Tombstone Tales event in September. The land base exceeds 6,000 acres and is the location of the Grazinglands Research Laboratory of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Lake El Reno

Lake El Reno has 333 acres of open land and 300 acres of flat water that is used recreationally for water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, boating and fishing. It is also home to a herd of buffalo, a remote control airplane field and a motorcycle dirt track. A quiet 22 space RV park is nestled behind the lake with water and electrical hook ups. The newest addition to Lake El Reno is a P.B Dye Jr. designed 18-hole Golf Course. One of the premier Golf Courses in the state.

Canadian County Museum

The Canadian County Museum is rated as one of the outstanding museums in Oklahoma. Located in El Reno's Heritage Park, the grounds sit on the 98th meridian, which divided the unassigned lands in central Oklahoma from the Cheyenne and Arapaho lands in western Oklahoma. The main museum is housed in the fully restored old Rock Island Depot. The museum grounds house a number of historic buildings from the first Red Cross Canteen in the nation to General Sheridan's cabin, the oldest standing structure in Canadian County.

Crimson Creek Golf Course

Crimson Creek Golf Course offers 18 holes of golfing pleasure. This P.B Dye, Jr. designed course is guaranteed to provide one of your most challenging games. Nestled in a beautiful setting at Lake El Reno we are sure your visit to Crimson Creek will be a memorable one.

Heroes Plaza

Heroes Plaza is a monument that honors the 206 Canadian County men and women who gave their lives in twentieth century wars. Heroes Plaza is located in historic downtown El Reno along the Heritage Express Trolley Route.


Best Western, Phone: (405) 262-6490, I-40 & Country Club
Budget Inn, (405) 262-0251, 1221 Sunset Drive
Comfort Inn, (405) 262-3050, 1707 S.W. 27th Street
Regency Inn, (405) 262-1526, 2640 S. Country Club
Super 8 Motel, (405) 262-8240, 2828 S. Highway 81


Hensley's RV Park, (405) 262-6490, I-40 & S. Country Club
Lake El Reno, (405) 262-9920 or 262-6084, 2001 Babcock


Meat Market & Cafe, (405) 262-7999, 108 South Bickford
Denny's Restaurant, (405) 262-3535, 2701 South Contry Club Road
El Charro Mexican Restaurant, (405) 262-7490, 1901 S.W. 27th Street Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant, (405) 262-0050, 211 West Sunset
Sid's Diner, (405) 262-7757, 300 South Choctaw
Sirloin Stockade, (405) 405-262-1282, I-40 and Country Club Road
Stormy's OKC West Cafe, (405) 262-3870, 7200 E Highway 66
The Bickford Café, (405) 262-5655, 213 South Bickford
Trolley Stop Café, (405) 262-3381, 109 South Bickford
Wild's Restaurant, (405) 262-7275, Box 197 - A Route 3

Fast Food

Arby's, (405) 405-422-2088, 2300 South Country Club Road
Braums, (405) 262-9060, 2201 South Country Club Road
Subway, (405) 262-4903, 1516 S.W. 27th
Taco Bell, (405) 262-5111, 2417 South Country Club Road
Taco Mayo, (405) 262-2112, 1621 East Highway 66

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El Reno, Oklahoma Web Site

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