Sutton Mountain

At 4,700 feet tall, Sutton Mountain towers over the surrounding landscape. With a steep, craggy west side and a rolling, grassy eastern face, the mountain has a mysterious Jekyll and Hyde quality.

Sutton Mountain is home to bountiful wildflowers in the spring and vibrant herds of pronghorn, elk, and mule deer. Here solitude is as easy to come by as is a breathtaking vista. The recreational opportunities in this area will suit adventurous thrill-seekers and mellow nature enthusiasts alike.

Sutton Mountain is also the name ONDA gave to its proposal to protect 58,000 acres of public land in the John Day River Basin. Seeking to protect stand out wild lands that include the Wilderness Study Areas of Pat’s Cabin, Sand Mountain, and Dead Dog Canyon, this conservation initiative would protect lands that encircle the Painted Hills National Monument and support the fish and wildlife that depend on the John Day River.

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Western Rattlesnake

Western Rattlesnake

Also known as the Great Basin Rattlesnake, these pit vipers have buff-tan coloring and small, oval blotches to blend into their arid surroundings. Small heat-sensing indentations on each side of the snake’s snout detects warm-blooded prey for better striking accuracy in the dark. Source: The Oregon Encyclopedia

Latin name: Crotalus oreganus lutosus

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Tibetan Monks Visit Sutton Mountain

Tibetan Monks Visit Sutton Mountain

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Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

“If I have to pick a favorite place in Oregon’s high desert, it would be Sutton Mountain, but I’m excited about all of the Wilderness Study Areas,” says Terry, adding, “Each is a gem to explore, and I hope they all get protection someday… I love the scale of the physical beauty of the desert.”

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Tyler Roemer   Website

Both Wheeler County and the City of Mitchell, government entities in the area, have endorsed the Sutton Mountain Wilderness Proposal which is also supported by the whitewater rafting and boating communities, Central Oregon Flyfishers and is championed by Senator Jeff Merkley.