813 SW Hwy 97, Madras Oregon
The Crooked River National Grassland is one of the largest tracks of preserved grassland in the United States. The 155,000 acre grassland was tilled up between 1880 and 1930 after it was mistakenly reported that the land was suitable for dryland farming. The government took on the task of rehabilitating the land. Evidence of homesteaders still exist, such as stone shelters, log cabins, tools, water troughs and more.
The Crooked River National Grassland provides a variety of habitat for more than 375 species of wildlife, including deer, elk, antelope, mountain lions, shore birds, upland game birds, and the endangered Peregrine Falcon.
The grassland is located halfway between Madras and Prineville on Hwy 26. One of the grassland's best viewing opportunities is a Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area. There are many campgrounds dispersed throughout the area. The area is managed by the Ochoco National Forest.
Other Ochoco National Forest nearby:
(Madras) Crooked River National Grassland
(Prineville) Lookout Mountain Ranger District
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Mt. Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower and Music Festival Eugene OR May19 A day of wildflowers, music, food, crafts, and microscopes!
Columbia Gorge Wine and Pear Fest Hood River OR May18-19 Start off the weekend with friends and fun featuring Columbia Gorge wineries and eateries. Highlights include entertainment, live music, wine tasting, great food, fruit exhibits with samples, and local artisans.
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Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival Stevenson WA June25-28 Amazing talent, workshops, instrument contests and raffle, fine craft and food vendors, a merry beer garden, and nightly dances.