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Dee Wright Observatory

McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413
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"Hidden" Gem

I have lived in Oregon my whole life and up until last Spring had not even known this place... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
Michael M
Lebanon, Oregon
A must stop

On our drive on the McKenzie Highway we stopped at the observatory which was constructed of lava... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Kensington, CT
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“lava rock” (13 reviews)
“mckenzie pass” (13 reviews)
“cascade peaks” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

I have lived in Oregon my whole life and up until last Spring had not even known this place existed. We do a lot of travelling around the state which made this even more surprising to me. My family and I took a day trip...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 10 September 2017

On our drive on the McKenzie Highway we stopped at the observatory which was constructed of lava rock in the 1930's by the CCC and named as a memorial to its construction foreman. There is path (Lava River National Recreation Trail) that goes into the...More

Thank westie2
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We were camping close to Belknap Springs and drive up to see the lava fields and observatory. It was amazing to see miles of lava and the mountains in the distance. Not alot of people were here and for being a hot week in Oregon,...More

Thank Tuxtails
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Climb on top and see the lava beds for miles, the Sisters in the distance, and Mount Washington. It was still cool here even on a summers day, but we got an early start. It can get crowded so you might plan for that. Nice...More

Thank Greg M
Reviewed 1 July 2017

6 of us were traveling around the Sisters, OR area. We had no idea that the Dee Wright Observatory would be such a lovely stop! It has awesome views & the short walk has wonderful educational signs. If you are in this area, this is...More

Thank pshurd
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Surrounded by a huge lava flow, the Dee Wright Observatory was constructed in 1935 by Civilian Conservation from lava rocks. It is an observatory to view the Cascade peaks from the summit of McKenzie Pass - where you can see the three Sisters, Mount Washington,...More

Thank MacFarnsworth
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This is at the summit of the McKenzie Pass. It's nice place to stop and take a look. If you like lava fields you will be right in the middle of a great one. The observatory give a nice view in all directions. There is...More

Thank icetsarina
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This place was so cool! It's definitely worth a stop on the way through. If you climb up you can peep through the windows that tell you what mountain you're looking at! Definitely worth stopping!

Thank Alana C
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This stop is excellent for adults and children. The views are great, and the educational path through the lava is one of the best I've ever walked. No one should miss this opportunity. The educational trail is all paved but a bit steep in places....More

Thank jerryg g
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Decided to take the 242 as we wanted to get away from the normal state roads. Well the 242 is full of tight turns & twists and something different around nearly everyone of them. And then you get to this at the McKenzie Summit. Well...More

Thank Peter C
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Amy Q
28 November 2015|
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Response from lori397 | Reviewed this property |
The Observatory is in the Willamette National Forest on Route 242. That road is part of the McKenzie-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway and is a beautiful drive with places along the way to stop and do short hikes to waterfalls and... More
Jackie M
24 May 2015|
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Response from bprsurf | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any dogs but you should check the Oregon park service site since it would be one of theirs. I thought dogs are allowed if leashed - but still would be an easy thing to check