Fort Rock State Natural Area

Near Bend, Oregon, United States

COVID-19 UPDATE: Open for day use 8 am-8 pm. All trails open, but rock scrambling is closed in the SE area of the park to protect nesting falcons. Fort Rock cave tours are cancelled for 2020. 

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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. 

Guided tours of Fort Rock Cave are available by guided tour only. 2020 tours are cancelled.  

Effective Oct 1, 2020
Fort Rock Natural Area Open Hours Are 8:00am to 6:00pm as of October 1st 2020.
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Amenities & Features

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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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details. Campfire restrictions may be in place.