To honor the tenth anniversary of Oregon Badlands Wilderness designation, ONDA developed an exploration challenge.
30,000 acres of fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees await you, all just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon. Arriving in the Badlands, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, can feel like stepping into another time. You will find some of the oldest trees in Oregon, bright displays of desert wildflowers and castle-like rock formations.
The Badlands Wilderness is the ancestral land of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Northern Paiute. You may see pictographs – fragile cultural artifacts that you can admire, but not touch.
There are 50+ miles of trails in Badlands. Can you hike, horseback ride or run them all?
Read more about the adventurous folks who undertook the challenge in 2019.