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Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: Oregon State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.
Length, One-Way: 171 Miles (285.0 Kilometers)
Time: 3-4 hours

General Information

Description - Outback is "isolated rural country," and this area of Oregon is rugged and remote. This byway takes you through Oregon's outback, where the agricultural and timber industries are tied to life, heritage, and values; where the landscape ranges from lush green forests to arid desert; and where the people that live here seek independence but know each other by first names. While you're here, you'll also notice that community is paramount to the people who call this area home.

Attractions - The Outback Scenic Byway is known for it's archeology, cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic attractions. Hole-in-the-Ground, Devil's Garden, Fort Rock and Picture Rock Pass are some of the places to visit along the way.

Recreation - Outback Scenic Byway offers numerous recreational opportunities throughout it's diverse landscape. Camping, biking, picnicking, hiking and visiting historic sites.

Climate - Climate in this region varies with elevation and from east to west. The western portions of this region experience higher precipitation and more moderate temperatures year-round. The eastern end of this region is much more arid, with warmer summer temperatures and colder winter temperatures. The higher elevations receive abundant winter snowfall which stays on the ground until early summer in the high mountains.

Location - Outback Scenic Byway is located in southern Oregon. It begins near La Pine and ends in New pine Creek.

Directions from : Take U.S. Highway 97 south from Bend, Oregon. Just past La Pine is a junction with Oregon Highway 31 and the north end of the byway. Travel south on Highway 31 toward Silver Lake and Lakeview. The byway turns onto U.S. 395 just north of Lakeview and continues south to the Oregon/California border.

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Additional Information:
Oregon Scenic Byways - Oregon offers a multitude of national, state, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Forest byways. These byways include five National Scenic Byways and three All-American Roads.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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