Eastern Oregon Travel Guide

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Alvord Desert

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  • Princeton
  • Geological Site

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

With the eastern face of Steens Mountain in the background, the Alvord Desert conjures up Western movie scenes of parched cowboys riding through the desert—though today you're more likely to see wind sailors scooting across these hard-packed alkali flats (the "playa") and glider pilots using the basin as a runway. But once they go home, this desert is deserted. Snowmelt from Steens Mountain can turn it into a shallow lake until as late as mid-July. The mostly gravel Fields-Denio Road runs alongside the playa, accessing a number of rutted tracks maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. From Frenchglen, drive south on Highway 205 for about 50 miles, turning left near Fields onto Fields-Denio Road and following the signs.

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Fields-Denio Rd., Princeton, Oregon, 97721, USA

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Published 01/19/2016


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