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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - CLOSED

HC-72, Box 245, Princeton, OR 97721
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So Peaceful!

We stopped here in October, which is a slow time of the year for this area. My husband and I were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hood River, Oregon, USA
Highlight of this part of Oregon

I was expecting to enjoy the bird watching at Malheur, but I was not expecting to see so many... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Randal T
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Perhaps the most celebrated of all birder destinations in the Northwest. Birders might well see a hundred species of birds at Malheur from August through November.
  • Excellent85%
  • Very good3%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“bird watching” (3 reviews)
“wild horses” (2 reviews)
HC-72, Box 245, Princeton, OR 97721
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped here in October, which is a slow time of the year for this area. My husband and I were the only visitors. The visitor center was closed. . We assumed the small museum was also closed, but when we tried the door, it...More

Thank JOregon_11
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I was expecting to enjoy the bird watching at Malheur, but I was not expecting to see so many species in such a short time. The Headquarters offers easy viewing, and is an attractor for the incoming birds on their Pacific Flyway. The bird-watching near...More

Thank Randal T
Reviewed 6 November 2016

We stayed with a group of friends at the hotel/restaurant in Frenchglen and hiked and drove thru most of this Refuge. At the Field Station an ornithologist talked with us about and showed us birds in the area. Fascinating! (Scheduled this in advance). Also spent...More

Thank jrumsey7
Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is really in the middle of nowhere. Marshy, swampy areas and dry sage brush areas. Probably shouldn't have been suprised when we drove thru about 5 miles of huge swarming grasshoppers (like a blizzard!). No facilities so if you needed to relieve yourself you...More

Thank Paula S
Reviewed 5 January 2016

This place is amazing! Wow! I could not believe how many welcoming, bearded men there were at this place. So cuddly! They really made you feel like you were at home. Beds were a little stiff and the food was in short supply. No wifi,...More

4  Thank ForrestJR
Reviewed 5 January 2016

So, we heard all about this place from some of our bros back at school, and were totally stoked to check it. It was a let down from the word go. We drove all the way down to see some deer, walk around some unspoiled...More

9  Thank RaiderBro
Reviewed 1 January 2016

Not much winter wildlife. This would be a fun springtime drive. Several options for viewing birds,you could easily make this a 2 day outing. I will need to go back during spring or summer.

1  Thank Alicia C
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Yet another spectacular Oregon wildlife area that almost criminally (yet, thankfully!) is ignored by the tourist hordes. We went at sunset and had the entire small bay to ourselves. Many species of birds were on view, including a huge flock of brightly colored yellow-headed blackbirds....More

Thank CariocaBonito
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

The Refuge is a long strip of desert oasis in the middle of nowhere. The starry nights are outstanding, Burns is a short thirty minute drive from the Refuge headquarters (so one does not have to rough it if one does not wish to do...More

Thank Brian C
Reviewed 5 August 2015

What a delightful surprise southeastern Oregon is! Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area had more bird species in one location than we'd ever seen, wild horses, Pronghorns and, yes, the occasional rattlesnake doing its best to get away from...More

Thank edd51766
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