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 9,000-13,000 years. 

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

Effective Jan 27, 2021 – Aug 31, 2021
Two areas of the park are closed to hiking and bouldering to protect nesting birds of prey. All primary trails and all facilities will remain open. Please see maps posted at the information kiosk and at key points in the closure areas. Thank you for helping to protect our resident eagles and falcons. Questions? call the park office at 541-536-2315
Effective Jan 27, 2021 – Aug 31, 2021
Seasonal drone use restriction notice: Drones are prohibited during raptor nesting season, Jan 15 – Aug 31, throughout the park. Thank you for helping protect our resident nesting eagles and falcons by respecting drone restrictions.
Effective Oct 1, 2020
Fort Rock Natural Area is open 8am - 6pm during the spring months. Fort Rock Cave tours are canceled for 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns. For information call the LaPine State Park office at 541-536-2428.
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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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Some parks are open for day-use and camping, with reduced services. Check the Park Status Map and FAQ for details.