Beavertail Campground Professional Review and Guide
"Primitive. Desolate. Rugged. Wild. Haunting. These are a few of the adjectives that quickly come to mind when I think back to my first impressions of Deschutes River country. “Riviere des Chutes” (River of the Falls), as it was originally named by French trappers for the Hudson Bay Company, is the hallowed waterway of central Oregon’s high desert.
For a traveler, the most obvious distinction within Oregon is the difference in climate, terrain, and to some degree, lifestyle between the western and eastern regions of the state. The rugged coast and the Cascade mountains, which run north–south through the state, are generally considered Western Oregon, while Eastern Oregon, though larger geographically, is sparsely populated and includes vast stretches of arid land."