Fort Rock State Park

Fort Rock State Park


Oregon (OR), US
Like a desert mirage, this monolith rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you'll soon realize it's even bigger than it looks! It's an old shield volcano set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered in Oregon, dating back around 9,000 years. Years ago, my father and I drove our camper right up into the middle and spent the night, but you can’t get away with that sort of thing anymore.
Like a desert mirage, this monolith rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you'll soon realize it's even bigger than it looks! It's an old shield volcano set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered in Oregon, dating back around 9,000 years. Years ago, my father and I drove our camper right up into the middle and spent the night, but you can’t get away with that sort of thing anymore.
View in Google Earth Parks, Rock Formations
Links: www.oregonstateparkstrust.org
By: jbottero

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