Oregon Desert Trail

Engaging Recreation in Conservation

The Oregon Desert Trail traverses some of the most spectacular natural areas of the state’s dry side, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands.

We invite you to use this information to explore and enjoy natural treasures throughout Oregon’s high desert and the interesting communities that surround them. We hope you’ll see for yourself why these special places are truly worth protecting.

Wildhorse Lake

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Abert Rim

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West Little Owyhee

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Pueblo Mountains

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A storm on the sagebrush sea

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Pygmy short-horned lizard

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Fall in the Warner Mountains

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Humor in the desert

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Spring along the Oregon Desert Trail in the Pueblo Mountains

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Bathtub Spring

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Adventures await

To craft this 750-mile route located on public land and public rights-of-way, ONDA stitched existing trails, old Jeep tracks, and historical wagon roads together with stretches of cross-country travel. Our aims are to improve access to the wonders of the desert and to let explorers take a choose-your-own-adventure approach to getting to know this region.

Sections of the trail can be explored on foot or on horseback, or by boat, bike, or even skis in the winter. Some sections offer easy walks along well-marked paths. Other areas require GPS skills, significant outdoor experience, and serious preparation, particularly for water sources. Begin planning your adventure below by browsing through four different options: Plan a Trip, Get Involved, About the ODT, and Community.

Immersive Desert Experiences

By connecting the remote and stunning regions in Oregon’s high desert with a navigable path, hikers are immersed in the lands ONDA has been striving to protect for 30 years. By introducing more people to these amazing landscapes we create opportunities to foster a sense of responsibility to protect, defend, and restore Oregon’s high desert for generations to come.

Jeremy Fox

About the ODT

  An ONDA initiative since 2011, the 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail traverses some of the most spectacular natural areas of the state’s dry side, including Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, and the Owyhee Canyonlands. While we have surveyed every inch of the route in crafting the Oregon Desert Trail, it remains a...

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Community

Connect with other hikers, share your trip reports, explore the trail towns along the route, or plan to attend a future trail presentation. As we build our network of supporters and hikers, we would love to involve you as much as possible. Do you have a service you would like to offer hikers along...

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Sarah Imholt

Get Involved

  Thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours and generous support in the form of memberships and donations, the Oregon Desert Trail is now a reality. There are many ways to help shape the future of the route, including joining ONDA, volunteering for trail work, attending a presentation, and hiking a section of...

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Plan A Trip

  To make planning easier, ONDA divided the full 750-mile trail route into four regions and a total of 25 sections of 20 to 40 miles each, all of varying difficulty. Be advised! It is critical to read the guide descriptions in detail and seriously consider any notes on water scarcity or challenging terrain...

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Many thanks to ODT Sponsor REI Bend