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Dee Wright Observatory

Willamette National Forest, Springfield, OR
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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366 reviews 366 reviews
166 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A MUST STOP FOR Super views of the many peaks circling the area from the volcanic turret known as the observatory. Easy walk up a macadam pathway to the viewing enclosure .. each window or cubby hole in the viewing room lines up with a view of one of the mountain peaks. The lava fields have some short macadam paths... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

At the highest point in Oregon's Hwy 242, you can walk up an easy trail through an amazing field of broken black lava, to a lookout built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the depression to keep young men employed and fed. In the enclosed viewing room, site out windows to identify surrounding peaks. Up on top, in the wind... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Take your Dramamine and travel the McKenzie Pass and stop at Dee Wright Observatory. Fun little stop between Central Oregon and Eugene. Very informative. Fun for the kids. Great little hikes.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Build in 1935 by the CCC, this viewpoint is worth the stop. The highway actually was an old wagon route from the 1860's if you can imagine that! Great views of Mt. Washington, Jefferson, and North Sister from here. And as others have stated, lots of LAVA - 20 square miles! Kids will like the other worldly nature of this... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

the road from sisters oregon up to Dee Wright Observatory is a twisty windy road, but, well maintained. I believe it may close due to snow at some point in time...but it was open in early October and is well worth the trip. You are afforded great views of The Three Sisters mountains as well as Mt. Jefferson and more... More

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Central Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had company from Washington so on the list of things to do was the McKenzie Highway with Dee Wright. The company was very impressed with the views of the mountains. I love to go there even without company. Choose a clear day so the mountains will show at their best. We had a little smoke but they were still... More

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We stopped by this observatory on our way to a nearby lake. It was an attraction from afar with a stoic medieval looking construction. Pieces of lava are piled in a tower with windows that give you a vista of the many volcanos in the horizon. The drive up to the viewpoint was as spectacular as the views from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

From where we were staying in Redmond, Oregon this was a beautiful 45 minute drive. The views from the observatory are unbelievable..mountains, lava...do not miss this on your summer trip. The highway is closed in winter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

First, let me say that this is NOT IN SPRINGFIELD, OREGON. It is west of Sisters. It is a WINDY road to get here. Our poor puppy threw-up. It is also beautiful. It's something like you've never seen before and helps to appreciate volcanos. I was surprised to learn that it was more the than one volcano that caused what... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We approached McKenzie Pass from Sisters OR on the eastern side of the Cascade Range. Once we rose above 3500 feet in elevation, the ponderosa pine forests dominated the terrain. We noticed that the forestry service had set controlled burning in order to help germinate the seeds from the trees' cones. The treetops were still wonderfully green, and the bark... More

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