Road Trip: Burns and Frenchglen

Oregon’s southeast corner is an area of remote and rugged beauty. Far from the wet coastline and forested mountains that characterize the state’s western region, this high-desert country is full of volcanic craters, craggy mountain peaks, untraveled back roads and abundant wildlife. Residents in these friendly small towns come from farming and ranching families that… More
: Robbie McClaran


Located in the vast high desert of Southeast Oregon, Burns is a friendly town with a lot of heritage.

It also has plenty of outdoor activities. After all, Burns is near the Steens Mountain, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the Alvord Desert and many not-so-secret fishing holes and hot springs. Because Burns has easy access to epic, secluded scenic areas – the kind of places that you have to see to believe – you won’t mind the drive.

Trip Ideas

  • Steens Loop Tour Route
    Steens Mountain rises up from the sagebrush desert to nearly 10,000 feet. This 59-mile/95-kilometer loop includes the highest road in Oregon, traveling around and up this grand Great Basin landmark. More
  • A Simply Amazing Time at Silvies Valley Ranch
    The Retreat and Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Eastern Oregon is a gold mine nestled within 140,000 acres of rolling hillside, fields of fragrant sage brush, forest and beautiful meadows hugging the various creeks,... More
  • High Desert Discoveries
    I'm a big fan of Oregon’s wide-open spaces, especially east of the Cascade Mountains - where the distances are great and the people are few. My love affair with the high desert runs deep; my fondest childhood... More

Don't Miss Near Burns

Relax at the Hot Springs of Southeastern Oregon
High Desert Discovery Scenic Byway
Oards Indian Art Museum
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Princeton, Eastern Oregon
Bella Java & Bistro
Silver Spur Motel

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Ask Oregon

What are the scenic backroads in Southeastern Oregon?

Southeast Oregon is a beautiful region with some great sightseeing opportunities. I love spending time in the city of Burns, they have some great parks and restaurants. Also, the Alvord Desert and the Steens Mountains are in the region as well. These a great stops with exciting backroads. I can recommend a few Scenic Byways…

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