By Mary Lane Anderson

Alvord Desert

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D80
State/Province/Region
OR
Country
US
Nearest Area
Steens Mountain
Town
Fields, Or
Brief Directions

Take highway 20 east from Bend to Burns, highway 78 from Burns east to the Fields-Denio road and then south to the desert and Steens Mountain.

Notes

Be careful approaching wet areas of the desert. It can look solid but sink you down or stick goo to your shoes. Early and late light give the most definition to the tiles.

Description

The Alvord Desert lies to the east of Steens Mountain in the high desert area of southeastern Oregon. It is not large and is a very flat dry alkali lake bed. In the spring parts can flood and the drying process forms marvellous "tiles" and in some instances cracks. It is open to vehicular travel so it sometimes takes a little moving around to find an unspoiled area.

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Date Added
June 4, 2010
Date Taken
June 4, 2010

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