Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

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Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

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  • The only developed trail on the refuge leads past several interpretive signs and presents views like these.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • From the overlook site, views extend over broad lakes to the endless countryside.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Keep your eyes peeled for coyote.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • A group of chukar scour the snowy ground for food at the campground.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Huge, rolling hills extend as far as the eye can see.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • On the way up to Warner Peak, you make your own trail across the sagebrush hills.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • A natural hot springs brings warmth to the refuge in winter.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Winter is harsh but beautiful at the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • A network of graveled roads crisscross the large refuge.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • A true gem, the Hart Mountain Hot Springs are among the coziest and most scenic in the state.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • A visitor center is open 24/7 at the refuge. There is a bathroom, informational brochures and a guest log inside the building.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Infrequently traveled roads make great hiking routes all year round.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • The extensive grasslands provide a refuge for huge herds of pronghorn antelope.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • In spring and summer, the refuge blossoms in bright colors.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Snow lingers in the high mountains even in summer.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Colorful paintbrush brightens up the sage-covered hills.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • At times the refuge looks like the African savannah.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Hiking to Petroglyph Lake.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • Rock art lines the edges of aptly named Petroglyph Lake.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • View of the plateau in summer.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
  • There are numerous cross-country hiking opportunities to explore the refuge by foot.- Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Solitude. Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.
Cons: 
Remote location. Can be inaccessible if roads are wet or snowed in.
Region:
Southeastern Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Picnic Tables: 
No
Dogs allowed: 
Yes

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The American pronghorn is the fastest land animal on the continent. Nearly hunted to extinction in the early 1900s, the pronghorn population has bounced back with the help of protected habitat. Since 1936, the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge has provided a haven for the pronghorn and other important high desert species like the greater sage-grouse and the California bighorn.

The 278,000-acre refuge has few developed services, but instead it has countless opportunities for primitive recreation. The wide open terrain is perfect for exploration by foot or by horseback. Pick up a hiking brochure at the visitor information center, open 24 hours a day, at the top of the plateau. Or, set off on your own and see where your curiosity takes you.

There are four campgrounds within the refuge to serve as a base camp for an extended stay. Several gravel roads cross the refuge. Many are only open seasonally, so check the website or call the office at 541.947.2731 to get current weather and road conditions before traveling.

Hunting is allowed on the refuge during specific dates in the fall and winter. It's the only time of year when the refuge sees many visitors. Plan your trip around these dates if you're seeking solitude and quiet.

And don't forget to visit the hot springs while you're there. The Hart Mountain Hot Springs is one of the most remote and scenic soaking pools in all of Oregon.

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