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Dee Wright Observatory

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Address: McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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A volcanic rock castle

This place was so cool! It's definitely worth a stop on the way through. If you climb up you can peep through the windows that tell you what mountain you're looking at! Definitely... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2016
Alana C
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Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This place was so cool! It's definitely worth a stop on the way through. If you climb up you can peep through the windows that tell you what mountain you're looking at! Definitely worth stopping!

Thank Alana C
Salem, Oregon
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2016

This stop is excellent for adults and children. The views are great, and the educational path through the lava is one of the best I've ever walked. No one should miss this opportunity. The educational trail is all paved but a bit steep in places. The walk up to the observatory (stone tower) also has a paved trail but it... More 

Thank jerryg g
Witham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

Decided to take the 242 as we wanted to get away from the normal state roads. Well the 242 is full of tight turns & twists and something different around nearly everyone of them. And then you get to this at the McKenzie Summit. Well actually it is well before, and after, the summit. Must confess we had never seen... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

We decided to take the road less traveled, or so we thought. It is a road full of twists and turns, with every turn a new view. This observatory offers views in all directions. There are small windows to view the different mountain. There were a number of people visiting the day we were there. Not a difficult walk up... More 

Thank dotnot
Iowa City, Iowa
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112 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We stopped here during a driving loop tour out of Sisters. Wow.... I've never seen anything like the lava flows in the mountains. The observatory and interpretive trail are both well done. Nice views in all directions and there are indicators to help you identify various mountains. Mt Hood is visible on a clear day. It's worth the stop.... Trails... More 

Thank Bob L
Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

A friend recommended we stop to see this while in the area. It's a volcano rock area where vegetation has yet to take over. It's quite interesting. An observation tower has been built out of the rock, and windows have been designed to point one's eye to the different mountains and points for identification. One can see 360 degrees. The... More 

Thank ada11s
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We drove up the pass to Dee Wright Observatory, and were a bit surprised to see the many bicyclers also doing this very uphill road climb! Of course, they were all sitting on the ground resting later when we finished the walk around the observatory, but we were impressed with their fortitude! From the observatory, many mountains can be seen,... More 

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Murrieta, California
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Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on 08/08, early morning (8ish) on the way to the valley. No one else here. What a unique place. The "observatory" is not an observatory in the traditional sense. It is a structure built with the readily available lava. The top of the structure has a circular brass plate showing direction and distance to the nearby moutains, peaks... More 

Thank SoCalOregonian
Ridgecrest, California
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

If you are at all into volcanoes, you must go here. Oregon 242 is very scenic with typical mountain terrain and forests, and then you come to the lava flow from Little Belknap Crater. OMG. It is surreal. The view of the surrounding cascade peaks is also excellent.

Thank terjemar
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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

A little difficult to get to, if only because of the twists and turns and elevation changes. But, it is definitely worth the effort. The lava field is amazingly large. The views are outstanding. The observatory itself was so cool to walk up to. Glad we went out of our way to see it.

Thank Joshua A

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