Ep. 219: Steens Mountain | Oregon RV travel camping

Avatar admin | September 8, 2021

When most folks think of Oregon they think of Portland, the Pacific Ocean along the Oregon Coast, the lush agrarian Willamette Valley at the western end of the historic Oregon Trail, or the tall forested volcanoes of the Cascades. But there's an entire other half to Oregon, the eastern half dominated by the Harney Basin, one of the least populated areas of the contiguous United States. It's an arid, seemingly featureless desert, but as you'll see in this episode it's hardly featureless at all. We'll explore the massive tectonic uplift of Steens Mountain, the difficulty of early frontier life in the Basin at the Riddle Brothers Ranch, the surprising wetlands of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the volcanic field of Diamond Craters Oustanding Natural Area, and much more, including of course the RV camping.

Filmed: August 20-22, 2021


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  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:41 Steens Mountain Loop Road
  • 3:01 Riddle Brothers Ranch
  • 6:01 Steens Mountain Summit
  • 10:41 Steens Mountain Wilderness Resort
  • 14:11 The Dyrt Pro - 90-day free trial!
  • 14:46 Frenchglen, Oregon
  • 15:41 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
  • 18:30 Diamond Craters
  • 20:10 Wrap-up



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