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Fort Rock State Natural Area

  COVID-19 Alert 05/09/20
COVID-19 Alert: Open for Day use May 9, 2020 800 am-8:00 pm. All trails open, but rock scrambling is closed in the SE area of the park to protect nesting falcons.
Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.
2 additional notices for this park, click here to view.

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Exhibit Information

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. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Do not travel far to visit. Facilities may be closed.

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.  For available tour dates, and to register for one of the tours, please visit: https://store.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_item&itemId=162&eventId=67