Frenchglen is located in Harney County
, south of Burns
along Hwy 205 within the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
. Steens Mountain Back Country Byways is Oregon's highest improved road leading visitors to the summit of the Steens Mountain referred to as the "Natural Wonder".
Frenchglen was named after Pete French and Dr. Hugh Glenn who was Pete French's father-in-law. The "P" Ranch was established in 1872 as the headquarters for the French-Glenn Livestock Co. Pete French owned 150,000 acres at the base of the Steens Mountain, in what is now known as the Frenchglen Valley. He was unarmed when allegedly shot and killed by Ed Oliver on December 26, 1897 over a fencing dispute.
Visitors can enjoy winter sports including cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the solitude of Steens Mountain. Year round fishing is available on the Blitzen River.