Klamath Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Oregon. Situated between the otherwise dry high Oregon desert, and the Cascade mountains, it's a key resource for a myriad of animals and humans as well.
The Bridge Creek Wildlife Area is a protected habitat of mountain forests and meadow. It was set aside for wintering elk, but home to a diverse array of species.
The Black Canyon Wilderness is located in the eastern part of the Ochoco Mountains of central Oregon. A number of trails head down into the canyon, which flows into the John Day River.
The rolling ranchlands south of the Columbia River and just east of the Cascade Crest are a unique landscape.
The Wallowas are a wild and beautiful range of mountains in far northeastern Oregon. A few of the most popular backpacking areas in the Wallowas can get crowded in the middle of summer, but head just a few miles down a less traveled path, and you'll think you've discovered a new world.
The Kiger Mustangs of eastern Oregon are wild horses that possess many of the characteristics of the original Spanish Mustang. It's thought these horses are more closely related to their 1600s ancestors. The BLM manages the 37,000 acre Kiger Herd Management Area (plus an additional 29,000 acres in a nearby...
The Malheur National Wildlife refuge is located in south eastern Oregon, south of the town of Burns, and northwest of the Steens Mountains.
There are few services in the area. Be sure that you have enough gas, food and water if travelling on some of the more remote roads. Though, you can get all 3 just...
The Pueblo Mountains are a small range of peaks in far southern Oregon, just north of the Nevada border. This place is wild - there are no established trails - and can be harsh in the summer and winter. But with the right season and conditions, it's a wonderful place to explore.
Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge is an area of high desert mountains and sagebrush in far south central Oregon. This rich habitat supports a diverse array of wildlife, including of course Pronghorn Antelope.
The John Day River winds hundreds of miles through hilly desert canyon landscapes of eastern Oregon. One good place to get up close to the river is Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
Leslie Gulch is located in far eastern Oregon, just east of the Owyhee Reservoir. A well graded road travels the length of the bottom of Leslie Gulch..
There is only one campground in Leslie Gulch, available on a first-come first-serve basis. Conditions of the road and weather can vary quite a bit....
Steens Mountain is an uplift in the far southeastern Oregon desert. A gentle rise on the western flanks goes up to over 9000ft... the sharp drop on the eastern side gives way to the dry Alvord desert.
Newberry Crater is an extinct volcano in central Oregon, about an hour's drive south of Bend, OR. The are a number of volcanic features in the area - lava tube caves, volcanic rock flows... and a couple lakes in the center of the crater.
Hells Canyon is the massive gorge created by the Snake River as it carves through the mountains along the border of Oregon, Idaho and Washington. It is the deepest such canyon in the United States (yes, deeper than the Grand Canyon), when measured from the tallest point to the bottom.
This is a...
The Deschutes River flows north along the eastern flanks of the Cascade Range in Oregon. It's the major drainage for the eastern slope of the Oregon Cascades.
Conditions along the Deschutes river vary wildly from season to season and along the course of the river. The river flows through forests,...
Smith Rock State Park is located about 6 miles north of Redmond, OR. From the community of Terrebone along hwy 97, follow the signs east.
The landscape in and around Smith Rock is beautiful, but don't expect any solitude or illusion of wilderness. A lot of people use the park... In the height of summer,...
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is located in northern Central Oregon. It gets really hot in the summer and cold in the winter - prepare appropriately.
The Pete French Round Barn is located in south eastern Oregon, near the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The nearest modestly sized town is Burns (pop ~2,000), nearly 60 miles away.
Be sure to stop in the visitor's center, and say hello to the nice folks inside!
Succor Creek runs south to north, paralleling the Oregon-Idaho border just south of Ontario, OR. The road along Succor Creek is not paved, but it is maintained. The ranch roads in the area are not maintained, and may be impassable if the weather is particularly wet.
It can get unbearably hot and dry...
Strawberry Mountain is located in Eastern Oregon, just southeast of the town of John Day. It's nearly a 6hr drive from Portland.
This is like an alpine island in the sky... A truly unique oasis.