Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area, Oregon Camping & Hiking

Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area, Oregon Camping & Hiking

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Directions

From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 46 miles to the Diamond Junction. Turn left at the junction and travel approximately 6 miles to the junction of Lava Bed Road and Happy Valley Road. Turn left onto Lava Bed Road to access Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area.

Phone

541-573-4400

Activities

CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, DAY USE AREA, PHOTOGRAPHY

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Overview:

Diamond Craters, an Outstanding Natural Area of 17,000 acres (23 square miles), has some of the most diverse basaltic volcanic features in the nation clustered within a small, accessible area. The area displays an entire range of eruptions possible in basaltic volcanism. It was formed sometime in the past 25,000 years and now resembles a thin, rocky pancake with a few bumps. Features identifiable at the Outstanding Natural Area include craters and vents, cinder cones, spatter cones, lava tubes, driblet spires, a graben, and a water-filled maar.

Know Before You Go:

  • It took thousands of years of volcanic activity to form Diamond Craters, but only a few seconds can damage its features. Help BLM protect this area. Please do not destroy or collect plants, animals or rocks.
  • There are no restroom facilities or other amenities. Bring your own water and shelter and follow Leave No Trace principles: pack it in, pack it out.
  • Keep your vehicle on hard-packed road surfaces and obvious parking areas.

Point of Interest:

Located in southeast Oregon’s high desert country, Diamond Craters is really unlike any other place in North America.

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