Christmas Valley Back Country Byway

Fort Rock, Oregon

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A 102-mile Type I and II route through central Oregon, past recent lava flows and cinder cones, sand dunes, a “lost forest,” and historic sites. Set among the bold volcanic features of central Oregon, the Christmas Valley Back Country Byway traverses 102 miles of paved and unpaved roads. It crosses a harsh, austere land of sagebrush, lava flows, cinder cones, and sand dunes, but it also passes green alfalfa fields, paddocks of fat cattle, and a golf course. Special Attractions: Fort Rock State Park, Fossil Lake, Devils Garden Wilderness Study Area, Squaw Ridge Wilderness Study Area, Four Craters Wilderness Study Area, Crack in the Ground, Sand Dunes Wilderness Study Area, Lost Forest Research Natural Area, Derrick Cave, hiking, rock-hounding, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Back Country Byways

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Scenic Driving Back Country Byways

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

A 102-mile Type I and II route through central Oregon, past recent lava flows and cinder cones, sand dunes, a “lost forest,” and historic sites. Set among the bold volcanic features of central Oregon, the Christmas Valley Back Country Byway traverses 102 miles of paved and unpaved roads. It crosses a harsh, austere land of sagebrush, lava flows, cinder cones, and sand dunes, but it also passes green alfalfa fields, paddocks of fat cattle, and a golf course.

Special Attractions: Fort Rock State Park, Fossil Lake, Devils Garden Wilderness Study Area, Squaw Ridge Wilderness Study Area, Four Craters Wilderness Study Area, Crack in the Ground, Sand Dunes Wilderness Study Area, Lost Forest Research Natural Area, Derrick Cave, hiking, rock-hounding, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Fort Rock
Distance: 102
Season: Year-round, although some sections may be closed by snow in winter
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Driving Directions: Directions to Christmas Valley Back Country Byway

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May 2018