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. 

Guided tours of Fort Rock Cave are available by guided tour only. 2022 registration is open.

Effective Sep 9, 2022 – Nov 14, 2022
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning Sept 9th at Lapine State Park  until further notice. The ban includes all campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban will remain  in place until conditions improve.
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History

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.

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