Oregon Outback Dark Sky
See the Stars, Like Few Ever Do
Southeast Oregon is defined by fault-block mountain ranges, steep walled basins, and high isolated buttes occupying an ocean of sagebrush, juniper, and bunchgrasses. The Sanctuary lies in the northwesternmost extent of America’s Great Basin.
Anyone that has ever been to the Oregon Outback can firmly attest that the sky there is dark – very dark. Few ever experience this night sky quality in their lifetimes – and everyone should.
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Two 8' x 12' covered shelters, approximately 300' apart on a north-south line, permit silent human observers to spy upon […]
Discover the Dark Sky
The Oregon Outback, comprised of the remote lands of Lake, Harney and Malheur Counties, is a unique and remarkable part of the state and the country. With its pristine scenery, rich geological and cultural history, diverse recreational opportunities, and an abundance of public lands, the Oregon Outback is also recognized by residents and scientists alike as home to some of the darkest night skies in the world today.
From the North
Highway 97 will lead you south. In the summer, Silver Lake Road serves as a shortcut connecting Klamath County with the town of Silver Lake – home of the world-famous Cowboy Dinner Tree. Follow Highway 31 further south to the gateway community of Summer Lake.
From the East
From Boise, take Highway I-84 West to Ontario, Oregon. Follow Highway 20 West to the gateway community of Burns.
From the South
Starting in California, travel Highway 395 north to the gateway community of Lakeview, Oregon.
From the East
Starting in the Rogue Valley, Highway 66 starts your adventure. Climb the old wagon road through the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument, and descend into Klamath Falls. Enjoy Highway 140 for its scenic high-desert beauty, as it leads you to the Oregon Outback Dark Sky gateway community of Lakeview.
Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors.
You can be a powerful dark sky advocate for your neighborhood, your city, and even your state and country. Solving the light pollution problem involves raising awareness of the issue so that people are empowered to make better decisions as consumers, voters and community members. Use some of our resources like our General Brochure, “Losing the Dark Film” or Mobile Apps to help spread the word.