Alvord Desert, Oregon

Alvord Desert was on our bucket list. Camping on the La Playa is a unique experience & we look forward to another visit.

The pic on the postcard is the Frog Creek access point.

Alvord Desert - BLM, near Fields, OR: Site # Dispersed Camping - No hookups or water available. Nearest vault toilet @ Frog Creek (our entrance point to the La Playa). 4,044’ elevation. Septemper 25-26.. Miles traveled: 7️⃣2️⃣ (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).
•Wide open space.
• Free.
• If you need hookups & all that fluff, this isn't your place.

Overall Experience: Smile

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Diana's BYOD
Backyard of the day on the Alvord Desert Playa. Both taken about 4:45 pm looking opposite directions. The first pic facing NNE & the second SSW.

The Alvord Desert is a remote and unique desert located in the southeastern corner of Oregon. This vast, dry lake bed is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to experience the rugged beauty of the high desert.

Driving on the Playa

One of the main draws of the Alvord Desert is the opportunity to drive on the flat, hard-packed playa. The playa is the dried-up lakebed, and it provides an ideal surface for high-speed driving. Visitors can take their vehicles out onto the playa and experience the thrill of driving across the open desert.

Relaxing in Hot Springs

Another popular activity in the Alvord Desert is soaking in the natural hot springs. There are several hot springs located around the perimeter of the desert, offering a chance to relax and unwind in the soothing, mineral-rich waters. The Alvord Hot Springs are a particularly well-known spot, with a large pool and stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Spotting Wild Mustangs

For wildlife enthusiasts, the Alvord Desert is a great place to spot wild mustangs. These majestic horses roam freely throughout the area, and visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of them grazing or running across the desert.

Marveling at the Night Sky

The Alvord Desert is also renowned for its exceptional stargazing opportunities. With its remote location and minimal light pollution, the night sky here is incredibly clear and filled with twinkling stars. Visitors often set up camp on the playa to enjoy the stunning celestial views.

Exploring Nearby Attractions

In addition to the Alvord Desert itself, there are several other attractions and destinations in the surrounding area that are worth exploring:

  • The Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, located just 20 miles from the Alvord Desert, offers hiking, wildlife viewing, and camping opportunities.
  • The Plush Horse Corral is another nearby campground that provides easy access to the Alvord Desert.
  • The Steens Mountain range, which borders the Alvord Desert, offers excellent hiking and backpacking opportunities. The Steens Mountain Wilderness is known for its rugged, alpine terrain and breathtaking views.

A Unique Outdoor Experience

Whether you're interested in driving, soaking in hot springs, spotting wild horses, or stargazing, this remote and beautiful desert has something to offer everyone.

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