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Spectacularly different

Out of Sisters Oregon take SR 242 McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway up to the Dee... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Carmel, Indiana, United States
Great drive

Went along the McKenzie pass to Sisters and thoroughly enjoyed the drive. Lots of great scenery and... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Tony B
Daventry, United Kingdom
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Eighty-two-mile scenic byway offering the best foliage in the state.
Sisters, OR
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

Out of Sisters Oregon take SR 242 McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway up to the Dee Wright Observatory. You if love out of the way places, scenic and unique vistas, take this drive. It will take you thru narrow winding roads with lava walls...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kirk47
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Went along the McKenzie pass to Sisters and thoroughly enjoyed the drive. Lots of great scenery and when we were there we saw evidence of fires which had damaged the trees

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony B
Reviewed 27 October 2018

I went by myself as my husband was fishing and it took about 4 hours with a few stops on the way. The foliage was just beautiful- almost surreal with the golds and rust shades. The topography was incredible changing from stark lava fields to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank shelleygans
Reviewed 21 October 2018

Some very good views of the changing fall colors, and a dramatic change in vegetation between the east/west sides. When the road narrows and snakes through the mountains, it is not for novice drivers. We drove a Chevy Tahoe, and in some areas, the clearance...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 292douglasn
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful time driving this loop. I have lived in Oregon my whole life and have never had the joy of driving this road. It was fabulous. Breathtaking views and sheer cliffs woven with tall trees. Make sure the road is open as...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Melanie H
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Saw some beautiful Sites. Colors changing on the Vine maples among the rocks. Great place to pick up the PCT. my first time through this part of OR. Well worth the drive

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank William H
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

I wasn’t sure if the road would be open or if the drive would be worth it. Once we got to the narrow road section it was definitely worth it. Even better was the overlook and reading the history along with seeing the lava.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank N_Racing56
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

We took the byway on recommendation of visitors center. Glad we decided to go. It provides great views of lava flows, previous forest fires, lush forest, water falls lakes.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 466leliag
Reviewed 7 August 2018

One of the most amazingly beautiful and educational 36 miles of highway I have ever traveled. From spectacular mountain views and miles of lava rock formations.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Richard B
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Incredible bike ride from sisters to Belnap. Spectacular scenery throughout, especially near the top with winding roads carved through the lava fields leading to the obsevatory. The decent to Belnap even more spectacular with Formula 1 hairpins through the Ponderosa Pines and the monarch butterfly...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank joneo
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Sara S
11 August 2018|
Response from Melanie H | Reviewed this property |
It depends on conditions (early snow, wildfires etc) and closes at a different date every year. I would check the route on the tripcheck website. Or visit the ODOT website.
gail j
14 July 2018|
Response from Karen B | Reviewed this property |
I believe it is, but check ODOT Tripcheck site to confirm.
Brady S
6 June 2018|
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Response from cydog54 | Reviewed this property |
You have to contact odot. To find out when the road opens. It varies based on snow levels and the type of road work that they might be doing. I say this because each year is different.