Fort Rock State Natural Area

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Fort Rock State Natural Area

Oregon

(800) 551-6949

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Things To Do

     

Overview

Like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon's high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you'll soon realize it's even bigger than it looks! It's an old tuff ring set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered, dating back around 9,000-13,000 years [check out the Fort Rock Cave page for information on tours].

Map of Fort Rock State Natural Area (OR)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.370761, -121.065964

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Activities

  • Hiking

    An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you'll soon realize it's even bigger than it looks! It's an old tuff ring set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times.

  • Historic Sites

    As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered, dating back around 9,000-13,000 years [check out the Fort Rock Cave page for information on tours].

  • Picnicking

    Bring a picnic and take in the scenery of this National Natural Landmark as it rises huge out of the barren immense flatness of Oregon's high desert.

Seasonality/Weather

Open year-round. There is no fee to use this park.

Directions

Driving

Off OR 31, 2 miles northwest of Fort Rock.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(800) 551-6949

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