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Steens Mountain & Alvord Desert

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When: Oct 03, 2018 12:00 AM to Oct 07, 2018 12:00 AM
Erin Law

October 3-7, 2018 | Steens Mountain is one of Oregon’s most spectacular natural areas and it is beautiful in the fall.

Great Horned Owl - Sharon Coggswell

Steens Mountain is one of Oregon’s most spectacular natural areas and it is beautiful in the fall. Rising to almost ten thousand feet high in the southeast corner of the state it presides over alkali desert, oceans of sagebrush and the wildlife-rich marshlands of the Malheur basin. From our base in historic Frenchglen we’ll spend three full days exploring this diverse landscape by van and on foot as we venture around all sides and on top of the mountain itself.

On past trips we’ve seen approximately 80 species of birds including Townsend’s Solitaire, Mountain Bluebird, American Pipit, Horned Lark, Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon.  We search for and often spot Bighorn Sheep among the high peaks of the mountain, sometimes distant and sometimes near. Coyotes and Mule Deer are often sighted and you never know when a Porcupine is going to waddle into view. Conditions permitting we will venture out to Borax Lake, home of the unique and endangered Borax Lake Chub and we’ll visit the Alvord Desert.

Registration Details

Leaders: Patty Newland and Candace Larson

Fee: $895 members / $1,095 non-members

Deposit: $400 required to secure your place

Single supplement: $200

What is included:  Fee includes all ground transportation, four nights double-occupancy lodging at the Frenchglen Hotel, all meals except dinners, all entrance fees, and the services of your leader.

Important info about lodging:
The trip fee is based on double-occupancy. The rooms at the Frenchglen Hotel have just one​ double bed. If you do not want to share a bed you will need to request a single supplement. There is a single-supplement fee if you are the sole occupant of the room. Also, bathrooms are located outside of the rooms.


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