Steens Mountain Region
A captivating place to explore
Steens Mountain is remarkable for its unrefined, stark beauty which attracts visitors and area residents alike.
Each year, more than 100,000 people visit Steens to hunt, fish, hike, camp, bird watch, or just absorb the peace found in the area. From sweeping vistas to deep canyons and gorges cut by prehistoric glaciers, people get hooked on Oregon’s desert after spending time in the Steens. The Kiger, Little Blitzen, Big Indian, and Wildhorse gorges are suprising in their lushness, and tend to lure visitors deeper.
Our favorite places in the Steens Mountain Region
Our dedication to Steens
Thanks to decades of hard work and cooperation, Steens Mountain has been preserved as a place of magnificent beauty, with grand vistas and rich wildlife habitat. Oregon Natural Desert Association gives the mountain our ongoing attention so that it can remain that way. We’ve helped to limit unsustainable uses and preserve the wild character of the region by working to make Steens the first "livestock-free" Wilderness Area in the country. Through thousands of hours of volunteer stewardship, we have improved fish and wildlife habitat and the natural character enjoyed by those who visit this special place.
In 1987, a group of community members based in and around Bend, Oregon realized that the high desert lands and waters they loved had no one dedicated to their protection. […]Read More
Steens Mountain Travel Plan
Current Status Victorious! On appeal, the Ninth Circuit threw out BLM’s unlawful travel plan and critical wildlife habitat on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon has been protected from motorized disruption. […]Read More