Fort Rock, Oregon — Central Oregon Roadtrip Part 1

We spent the last two days on a Central Oregon roadtrip, chasing geology.

Fort Rock, Oregon

The first stop was Fort Rock, Oregon— where a bizarre formation juts out of the Lake County desert, southeast of LaPine, Oregon. Fort Rock was once an island in a giant inland sea that covered the area, and the erosion you see in the photo below was from waves lapping the shore.

Fort Rock, Oregon

This area was the site of a major archaeological discovery in Oregon — 9,000 year-old sage brush sandals. They were discovered in nearby Fort Rock Cave. For more on Fort Rock and the archaeological find, check out Bill Sullivan’s book, Hiking Oregon’s History.

The ancient volcanic formation is the shape of a crescent and a trail runs along the inside of the rim. KP and I had the entire park to ourselves Saturday morning (aside from a park host in an RV). We spotted a few big jack rabbits, but couldn’t get close enough for a photo.

Fort Rock, Oregon

Fort Rock, Oregon


About mstansberry

Matt Stansberry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife and son.
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4 Responses to Fort Rock, Oregon — Central Oregon Roadtrip Part 1

  1. Bpaul says:

    You get out and about a lot. It’s great for armchair reading.

  2. Matt – very nice! I’m blown away by your central Oregon pix! Wow! It has a peculiar southwest “onda” I bet it’s pretty desolate of people, too. Just spectacular! I’m going one of these days!

  3. Brandon says:

    Looks pretty cool. Lol. I think I’ll go one of these days

  4. wreckless says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’m heading out tomorrow. 🙂

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