Conveniently located at the base of the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management Area. Also bordering the south end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge next to the Blitzen River. Located on Oregon's new High Desert Discovery Scenic Byways system, right on the Steens Tour Route, just 3 miles east of Frenchglen.
Listed below are just some of the attractions for the Steens and surrounding Areas. Let us help you design your day trips!
Drive the 66-mile Steens Mountain Loop Road. Experience the 8 major vegetation zones of the Great Basin as you gradually climb to the near 10,000-foot summit.
Gaze down at the glacial waters of Wild Horse Lake where the endangered Lahonton Cutthroat trout thrive. Glass the rocky crags for the elusive Bighorn.
View four major glacial gorges carved deeply into the mountain centuries ago.
Experience the thrill of hooking a native Red Band trout from the pristine waters of the Donner und Blitzen River or just frolic in its cool clean water on a warm summer's day.
Hike the challenging High Desert Trail, climb Pike Creek on the East Face, or walk leisurely down the East Canal.
Surround yourself in winter's solitude. See the Steens as few have, as you cross-country ski, snow mobile, or snow shoe through the aspen and sub alpine life zones of the mountain.
Photograph the most notable wild horse herd the "Kiger Mustangs" in their natural environment. See Oregon's largest and most colorful wild horse herd the "South Steens Paint and Pintos".
Happen upon many mule deer, river otter, beaver, or bobcat, to name a few of the 60 mammals that inhabit the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as you drive down the Center Patrol Road.
Glass for over 300 species of birds that nest or migrate in the Blitzen Valley. Among them the rare trumpeter swans, egrets, white pelicans, and sandhill cranes.
Turn back the pages of time wandering through historical figure Peter French's famous Round Barn. Stroll through his headquarters at the P-Ranch featuring remnants of an era when powerful cattle barons controlled the western rangelands. See the long barn, willow corrals, and a beef wheel left from years gone by.
Visit the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge. Watch for large herds of antelope. Search for elusive bighorn sheep as you climb to the summit. Soak in one of the two natural hot springs near the Refuge Headquarters.
Gaze across the expansive Alvord Desert as land yachts race over the alkaline lakebed and colorful hang gliders sail above you.
Photograph the springtime wonder of waterfalls cascading down the mile high escarpment of the East Face.
Take a self-guided auto tour through the geological wonders of "Diamond Craters". These craters are the most diverse museum of basaltic volcanic flow in the United States.
Join us for the celebration of the John Scharf Migratory Bird Festival.
The OWESA geographic model is based on five basic concepts in studying seven regions of Oregon. These concepts are; geomorphology,climate,vegetation,wildlife,and human settlements. Identifying these concepts are not new, however the integration of these concepts in studying wildlife environments is a new focus.