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Interesting observatory surrounded by lava roxks

We arrived in the middle of a snow storm so couldn’t see too much and the steps were slippy but... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2018
Tony B
Daventry, United Kingdom
A bit of a drive through barren, fire-scortched lands, but worth it.

Recent fires have left much of the forests along the Old McKenzie Highway ravaged and bleak. Vast... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2018
Thebes, Illinois
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Reviewed 31 October 2018

We arrived in the middle of a snow storm so couldn’t see too much and the steps were slippy but worth going. The surrounding area has been hit by fire so was a bit desolate

Thank Tony B
Reviewed 29 October 2018

Recent fires have left much of the forests along the Old McKenzie Highway ravaged and bleak. Vast stands of dead trees line the roadway leading up to McKenzie Pass and the Dee Wright Observatory. The Summit of McKenzie Pass is a vast field of lava...More

Thank Shapley_Hunter
Reviewed 7 October 2018

A great summer time attraction, especially traveling from Central Oregon to the Willamette Valley. Not a winter time road. Great views of several Cascade range mountains. If it is clear day, you cannot beat the view.

Thank Dave J
Reviewed 2 October 2018

The Dee Wright Observatory is less than a 1/2 hour ride out of Sisters on the scenic old McKenzie Hwy. The structure is easy to climb and has both stairs and ramps. It has portals that look out in the surrounding mountains and buttes. Plus...More

Thank redmondrovers
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Saw this on Google Earth. The incredible part from that view is how much lava remains around Bend and its surrounding communities from 1,500 years ago! The fun part is being able to drive through it on highway 242. Be aware that it is closed...More

Thank F4981JCmichaels
Reviewed 23 September 2018

If you are near Sisters, take the time to take a short drive up Hwy 242 to the Observatory. Not only is there a great view of the Sisters and other surrounding mountains but the history of the rock building, with viewer slots, is great....More

Thank WorldTrvlr13
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

On our way back to Portland from Redmond we passed the Dee Wright Observatory. All around this observatory there is tonnes of lava .... pretty impressive. Driving from Sister one sees many kilometers of burned forest, pretty awful. Standing on the raised observatory one can...More

Thank Havaki
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

Several years ago I passed through here and never stopped. This year I was determined to stop. It was peaceful and a short climb to look out over everything. The stairs are made of lava rock and it made the climb a little tougher but...More

Thank Kieande
Reviewed 20 September 2018

The landscape surrounding Dee Wright Observatory is more like a moonscape, just amazing. Views of the mountains from the observatory are just awesome, and the trails through the lava field are worth doing. The observatory is 16 miles from Sisters, but the road to McKenzie...More

Thank Oskarduck
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Good view of the surrounding mountains and they are all labeled in case you want to know. Vault toilet.

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Amy Q
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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