The Oregon Badlands Wilderness, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, lies just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon, but arrive here and you might feel like you’ve stepped into an all-together different time and place.
This is 30,000 acres of fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees. You may see pictographs, as the area known today as the Badlands Wilderness is the ancestral land of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Northern Paiute. These are fragile cultural artifacts that you can admire, but not touch. You will also find some of the oldest trees in Oregon, bright displays of desert wildflowers and castle-like rock formations.
There are 50+ miles of trails in Badlands. Can you hit them all? This challenge is not about going fast, although you could. It’s about covering each and every mile — one hike, horseback ride or run at a time.
Read more about the adventurous folks who embarked on the Badlands Challenge in 2019.