Fort Rock State Natural Area

Major park features and activities.  ADA means some or all are ADA accessible.

  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Exhibit Information

 
Major Park Features:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Exhibit Information


Like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon's high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you'll soon realize it's even bigger than it looks! It's an old tuff ring set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered, dating back around 9,000-13,000 years.  Guided tours of Fort Rock Cave are available.  For information on tours visit http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=170, or click the "shop" tab at the top right of this page to go to the Park Store, then click the "tours/events" tab.  Scroll through the available events to find the cave tour information.