Burns Oregon 97720
Fax: (541) 573-5622
is a friendly cowboy town located at the heart of Oregon's
open range lands in Harney County. Burns can rightfully claim
the title of the most "away from it all" town in the nation,
since Harney County, the 9th largest county in America, is
many eastern states.
Burns has many opportunities for viewing arrowhead, rock and artifact
exhibits at the many galleries and stores. The abundance of fossils,
agate and thunder eggs attract rockhounds from far and wide to
Harney County. Be sure to take in the Harney County Historical
Museum on your visit. The Museum features Harney County's Old
West roots, with early cowboy photos, ranching facts, handmade
quilts and a turn of the century kitchen exhibit.
National Wildlife Refuge is 30 miles south of Burns on
US 205. Established in 1908, the Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge is nearly 185,000 acres in size. A nationally
bird watcher's mecca, it provides key habitat for thousands
of nesting and migrating birds. Be sure to bring binoculars
and a field guide - on a good day in the spring, a birder
can see over 100 species. Over 250 species of birds make
wildlife area a regular stop. Trumpeter swans live in the
refuge all year, and other birds, such as sandhill cranes,
egrets, and great horned owls nest here. Stop at the
visitor contact center for information Oregon just to see
the bird museum.
you're at the Refuge headquarters, pick up a BLM guide to
Craters, 55 miles south of Burns on US 205. With diverse volcanic
features, this area has been called the "Geologic Gem of
Oregon". The area has craters, ropy pahoehoe lava flows,
domes, pits, rimrock, and Malheur Maar, a spring fed lake.
Drive around the area using
the self-guided autour booklet for a complete lesson on volcanism.
breathtaking scenery Oregon for hiking, fishing, camping,
boating and backpacking in its back country areas, Burns and
Harney County are the place to visit.
sure to take the 55-mile Steens Mountain loop, usually open
from mid-July through October. Drivers with low clearance
vehicles use caution. There is an approximate 6 mile section
just past Rooster Comb that is rough. This national back country
byway is the highest road in the state. Named after Enoch
Steen, a military major assigned to build roads local to this
area, the Steens Mountain is one of the most scenic areas
of glaciated gorges, lakes and meadows, the Steens Mountain
is a 30 mile fault block that overlooks the stark beauty of
the Alvord Desert. The elevation changes are responsible for
a minimum of five completely different vegetation zones occurring
on the slopes of the Mountain. One of the most amazing vistas
is the East Rim Viewpoint. Visitors look down more than a
mile vertically to the vast expanse of the Alvord desert. The western slope gently descends to Malheur Lake.