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Zumwalt Prairie Preserve

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Address: Enterprise, OR

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Elk anyone?

Expansive views of mountains, valleys, prairies and endless skies reminds me of how absolutely gorgeous our world is and how small i am in the universe. Yet my job, as I see it... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2016
Diane C
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Reviewed 5 November 2016

Expansive views of mountains, valleys, prairies and endless skies reminds me of how absolutely gorgeous our world is and how small i am in the universe. Yet my job, as I see it, is to respect this wondrous land and educate others to its importance to ALL lives, past and future.

Thank Diane C
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

We drove across this prairie heading for the Buckhorn overlook of Hell's Canyon. Takes about 2 hours from Enterprise. The road became gravel pretty soon, and it is washboard. My husband knew that 45 mph will smooth out the bumps. It's a lonely, lovely ride in early October. A few pickups and some cattle. This is a better road to... More 

Thank Marsha M
Friday Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Went to the horned lark trail - a bit of a schlep on the long gravel road, but worth it. A loop down and back up the prairie, near water but not really riparian in my opinion. The trail is pretty much non-existent, really a walk through grasses, cow paths, and over arroyos from marker to marker. Many cows present,... More 

Thank ThomasR312
Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

Our visit included a walk up the extinct volcano, with stunning 360 degree views of just about everything in the vicinity. While the wildflowers were past their peak, the grasses were lovely by themselves. The trail to the top of the hill gets lost in the tall grass, but isn't difficult for those of average fitness. Access to the trailhead... More 

Thank LittleBrownBird
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 September 2015

The drive to the Zumwalt will reward you with views of farms and ranches, rolling hills and, finally, a prairie experience not found many places in this country. Bring binoculars and good shoes. The roads are gravel and a bit unkept but worth every effort to see the area.

1 Thank elgreco251
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

We lunched (bring your own) at the information center and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the prairie while watching distant storms headed our way but never arrive. The contrast between the lush prairie and the almost over grazed private lands was very dramatic. The local critters naturally hid upon arrival of people, but soon cautiously go about their day... More 

Thank JamesandBarbaraL
Happy Valley
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

Beautiful scenery and views. Gravel road most of the way, dusty, but easily traveled. A wonderful example of Nature Conservancy protecting the environment and yet allowing the ranchers to graze their cattle. Very fat mother cows and beautiful calves grazing in knee deep prairie grass!

Thank Jerryi54
Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

Remote huge prairie Preserve with outstanding 360 degree views of the Wallowa Mountains and the 7 Devils Mountains in Idaho. The Gravel access road is rough - not recommended for passenger cars - but SUVS & trucks OK.

3 Thank Jan N
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Reviewed 15 September 2014

Very nice but probably better in the winter and spring. We did not see any raptors. However enjoyed the hike through the prairie.

Thank pstrobus
Colorado Springs, United States
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

I'm in two minds about reviewing this. I like turning people on to great experiences, but what if this gets popular? I've been hiking these hills since long before the Nature Conservancy got a hold of them. I was so pleased however when they became owners. Now someone won't do something stupid like put a mobile home on the top... More 

Thank Douglas H

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