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Alvord Desert

The Alvord Desert is a dry lake bed east of Steens Mountain.

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The Alvord Desert is a dry lake bed east of Steens Mountain.

In the rain shadow of Steens Mountain, the Alvord Desert receives about 7 inches of rainfall per year, but the views here are anything but sparse.  With Steens mountain towering to the west, and the Pueblo Mountains to the east, the dry lake bed of the Alvord Desert still feels like an endless expanse.  Underground geothermal activity makes up for the otherwise serene landscape, with hot springs such as Borax Lake, Alvord Hot Springs and Mickey Hot Springs bubbling up from the desert floor along the 25-mile Alvord Fault.

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In the rain shadow of Steens Mountain, the Alvord Desert receives about 7 inches of rainfall per year, but the views here are anything but sparse.  With Steens mountain towering to the west, and the Pueblo Mountains to the east, the dry lake bed of the Alvord Desert still feels like an endless expanse.  Underground geothermal activity makes up for the otherwise serene landscape, with hot springs such as Borax Lake, Alvord Hot Springs and Mickey Hot Springs bubbling up from the desert floor along the 25-mile Alvord Fault.

 
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