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Alvord Desert - Oregon
What to do if you have little time : The journey to get there is long, so if you have little time you won't go to Alvord Desert.
Alvord Desert is an exceptional place for several reasons. First, this is a dry lake in summer 11.8 miles long by 6.8 miles wide. You can then drive on the bed of the lake and even camp there. However, avoid going after rain because you will remain mired. It is also in Alvord that you will find the longest beach in Oregon, also called "the Playa". But it is also the most remoted place in the United States after Alaska. The nearest town is Fields with only about 90 souls! For shopping, you have to go to Burns, 112 miles away (one way).
N 43° 03' 25.3"
W 118° 11' 30.6"
You should at least watch a sunset over Alvord Desert. When the conditions are right, it's just beautiful. The place is extremely isolated and gas stations are rare. It is therefore imperative to provide sufficient gasoline.
Access : from Burns, there are 2 options:
Be advised that the Fields-Denio road is unpaved. You can easily drive on this road with a passenger car as it is graveled. Anyway, it's on this road that we had our first flat tire in 11 trips to the USA !
To see around
Lodgings in AlvordDesert are rare. It is preferable to plan to camp or at least to sleep in your car. We have tested :
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