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Blue River
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This is a must stop of you are traveling the Mckenzie/Santiam pass Hwy. The views are incredible... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Eagle Point, Oregon
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Amazing place to visit, history of volcano activity older than 50,000 to 100,000 years old, amazing... read more

Reviewed September 1, 2019
Rodney Q
Madras, Oregon
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McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must stop of you are traveling the Mckenzie/Santiam pass Hwy. The views are incredible from this location

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed September 1, 2019 via mobile

Amazing place to visit, history of volcano activity older than 50,000 to 100,000 years old, amazing lava field, walking paths, must visit.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Rodney Q
Reviewed August 23, 2019

Its off the beaten path on The McKenzie Hwy(242) which is closed from I think Nov 1 till July 1. When the highway is open, this is a must see and spend an hour or two in a lava field that is utterly amazing. Great...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Scott M
Reviewed August 11, 2019

This a must see place on the summit of McKenzie Pass. Made from lava rocks, this observatory sits atop a lava field with miles and miles of lava rock! Inside are windows that are framed to look at certain buttes, peaks, or mountains and underneath...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

We stopped here on our way from Sisters to our hike up Blue Pool Falls. Very interesting and clever presentation of the lava beds and faraway mountains.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank pglejm
Reviewed July 30, 2019

this was our whole highlight of going to Bend. the dramatic burnt lava landscape was so fascinating and otherworldly - better than waterfalls, lakes, and hikes. highly recommend a couple hours on this small, windy, 15mph forest road just to see this place. we spent...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 6, 2019

This was my first time travelling on this narrow winding scenic bi-pass. After surviving the harrowing curves on the west side of this journey this amazing view point was a much needed break. The castle like fortress is indeed a masterpiece. It offers picture windows...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 224dumas
Reviewed October 31, 2018

We arrived in the middle of a snow storm so couldn’t see too much and the steps were slippy but worth going. The surrounding area has been hit by fire so was a bit desolate

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony B
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Recent fires have left much of the forests along the Old McKenzie Highway ravaged and bleak. Vast stands of dead trees line the roadway leading up to McKenzie Pass and the Dee Wright Observatory. The Summit of McKenzie Pass is a vast field of lava...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Shapley_Hunter
Reviewed October 7, 2018

A great summer time attraction, especially traveling from Central Oregon to the Willamette Valley. Not a winter time road. Great views of several Cascade range mountains. If it is clear day, you cannot beat the view.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Amy Q
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The Observatory is in the Willamette National Forest on Route 242. That road is part of the McKenzie-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway and is a beautiful drive with places along the way to stop and do short hikes to waterfalls and... More