Why You Need To Visit The Alvord Desert
The Alvord Desert is one of Oregon’s natural wonders! It is a must-see for nature lovers and homebodies alike. Whether you are an Oregon native or just visiting for the season, make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic natural gem.
The summer season is the best time to visit, so start planning now!
What is the Alvord Desert?
The Alvord Desert is actually a large playa lake. This kind of lake is formed when rainwater evaporates, leaving behind salt minerals. 12 miles long and 7 miles wide, the desert is large and flat, so you can walk, drive, or bike across it. However, its best to only drive on the playa between July-November, otherwise you risk getting stuck in mud.
What can you see at the desert?
Those who have visited say there is nothing like the Alvord Desert at night! Because the playa is so expansive and there is little light pollution, it seems like you are surrounded by stars. We recommend visiting during a new or full moon to get the most out of this experience!
Not only this, but there are herds of wild mustangs that live in the area. You can sometimes catch them frolicking and drinking from the springs during the day.
What else can you do?
The Alvord Desert is great for camping, hiking, and biking. You can set up camp anywhere on the playa- just make sure you are aware of mud! You can also visit the Alvord Hot Springs near by. If you don’t want to camp in a tent, bring your RV and stay at Quail Ridge.
There are a lot more sites to see around Burns and the desert. Check them out here!
Make this summer a great one by adding the Alvord Desert to your travel list! Book your site today.