A visit to southeastern Oregon simply would not be complete without a trip along the edge of Steens Mountain to the tiny town of Frenchglen. Frenchglen was named after Peter French, an early-day stock grower and land baron, who built his famous White House and P Ranch headquarters nearby. Of course there was a need for traveler accommodations, even 80 years ago, and up sprang the Frenchglen Hotel. The American Four Square style building has housed all types of characters from dusty cowboys to weary families. Today, it is owned and operated by Oregon State Parks, and you too can stop in for a meal, a comfy bed, and a visit with the true cowboy ghosts!
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The 59-mile loop departs from Frenchglen and climbs to the very top of Steens Mountain, which rests in the clouds at nearly 10,000 feet. Along the way, you’ll have ample opportunity to view wildlife and take in the grandeur of a national treasure.
Covered with juniper and sagebrush and dotted with dramatic mountain ranges, this is the true frontier country, a remnant of the wild west.
This 143-mile tour skirts along the eastern escarpment of Steens Mountain and the vast expanses of the Alvord Desert, providing a scenic study in dramatic contrasts.