“like a desert mirage rising out of immense, barren flatness”
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 Visit the Fort Rock Cave web page tour information.
Totally worth the drive out into the desert. There are a number of trails you can follow in and around Fort Rock. There's not much in the surrounding area, so I wouldn't plan on lunch or anything.
Cool rock formation surrounding area high desert terrain.
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