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Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • There's a small picnic area with shade just near the parking area.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • The trailhead sign greets visitors in both English and Spanish.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Stay left to remain on the paved trail for an out-and-back hike, or take the full loop if you're up for some gravel.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Interpretive signs throughout the area provide information about animals, plants, conservation and climate.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Look for deer and pronghorn in the sprawling open areas.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Juniper trees grow throughout the landscape.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • There are two viewing platforms that overlook sweeping vistas.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • An unexpected wetland provides habitat for migratory birds.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • On a clear day, you'd get a beautiful view of the Cascade peaks from here.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Several benches along the way offer places to rest and enjoy the view.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Striking red and orange rocks are scattered along the path.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
  • Tiny succulents carpet the desert in large mats.- Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area
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Pros: 
Solitude. Wildlife viewing opportunities.
Cons: 
Out of the way location.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Visitors of all ages and physical abilities can enjoy the short interpretive trail at Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area. A 1.5-mile loop crosses sage and juniper desert along a combination of paved and gravel walkways. Two wooden platforms perch above broad viewpoints of the surrounding area. In the grassy fields and wetlands seen here, look for deer, pronghorn and migratory birds. And at a mountain viewing area, see the snow-capped Cascades mountains all lined up in a row.

Along the way, pause at the interpretive signs to learn more about the landscape and the fauna and flora that call it home. Watch the activity change from season to season. Spring and early summer bring colorful wildflower blooms and several species of nesting waterbirds. Bats fly overhead on warm, summer evenings, and wintering herds of pronghorn graze here throughout the coldest months.

Since this small preserve is located off on its own, it doesn't receive many visitors. You'll likely have this peaceful place to yourself. Bring a picnic lunch, binoculars and sunscreen to make the most out of your visit.

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