La Pine, Oregon


Pine Mountain Observatory. 26 miles SE of Bend.
The facility is operated by the University of Oregon Physics Department. A group of amateur astronomers, Friends of Pine Mountain Observatory help to operate the summer visitors season and visits classrooms during the school year as part of the Observatory's outreach program.

National Forests

Deschutes National Forest. 1001 SW Emkay Drive, Bend, OR 97702. Phone: 541-383-5300.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument. 1001 SW Emkay Drive, Bend, OR 97702. Phone: 541-383-5300.

Over 50,000 acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Oregon Cascades and across the High Desert. The summit area of Newberry Volcano holds two alpine lakes full of trout and salmon, Paulina Lake (the state record brown trout was caught here weighing in at 27 pounds in 1993) and East Lake. Lava River Cave and High Desert Museum.

Scenic Byways

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Begin in Bend, Sunriver or LaPine and strike out on a breathtaking 87-mile loop that leads past Mt. Bachelor and the alpine lakes of Central Oregon, with spectacular panoramas and inviting stops along the way. Length: 66.0 mi / 106.2 km. Time to Allow: Three to five hours.

Oregon Outback Scenic Byway
Starting at La Pine this 171 mile drive takes you through the solitude of the colorful desert. Allow 4-6 hours.

State Parks

La Pine State Park. Phone: 541-536-2071; Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949.

La Pine State Park is home to Oregon's largest ponderosa pine. The 500-year-old tree lives close to the Deschutes River in a shady grove of pines, which look puny in comparison. "Big Red" is about 190 feet tall and 325 inches in circumference. Big Tree

Fort Rock State Natural Area. Toll-free: 1-800-551-6949. GPS: 43.370761 N; -121.0659641 W.

Nearby Fort Rock Cave is the site of an archaeological discovery of several 9,000 to 13,000 year-old sagebrush sandals. Fort Rock Cave is a National Heritage site and is open only by a state park guided tour.

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