Fort Rock
State Natural Area

Near Bend, Oregon, United States

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 9,350-10,500 years. 

Tours of Fort Rock Cave are available by guided tour only. 2023 registration is open.

Effective Apr 15, 2023 – Apr 15, 2023
Fort Rock State Natural Area is open for day use only from 8am - 4pm.
Effective Mar 9, 2023 – Aug 31, 2023
Two areas of the park are closed to hiking and bouldering to protect nesting birds of prey. All designated trails remain open. Please see maps posted at the information kiosk and at key points in the closure areas. Thank you for helping to protect the resident eagles and falcons. Questions? call the park office at 541-536-2315
Effective Mar 9, 2023 – Aug 31, 2023
Seasonal drone use restriction notice: Drones are prohibited during raptor nesting season, Feb15 – Aug 31, throughout the park. Thank you for helping protect our resident nesting eagles and falcons by respecting drone restrictions.
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Acquired in 1962 by gift from Reuben A. and Norma Long and by lease and deed from Lake County and the U. S. Bureau of Land Management.