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Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint

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  • Park picnic and day-use area.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Park picnic and day-use area.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • View looking east toward Rex T. Barber bridge (Highway 97) built in 1999.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • The original Highway 97 bridge built in 1926 and closed in 2000.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Crooked River Gorge looking west.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • The Crooked River roughly 460 feet below.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Crooked River Gorge looking north.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Southern Pacific's 4449 Daylight Express built in 1941 (one of the last great steam locomotives).- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
  • Burlington Northern Crooked River Bridge built in 1911.- Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
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Pros: 
Views of Crooked River Gorge and Central Oregon Cascades. Historic bridges.
Cons: 
None.
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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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Located just 9 miles north of Redmond, Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint is a stunning roadside attraction if you are traveling on US Route 97. Basalt cliffs rise steep and high from both sides of the Crooked River, a tributary of the Deschutes.  The two sides are connected by historic bridges that create a dramatic glimpse of central Oregon’s geological and historical features. The park land was once owned by the Oregon Trunk Railway and was later acquired by the State between 1925 and 1930.  Eventually the park was named after explorer, fur trapper and Hudson Bay Trader Peter Skene Ogden, who entered the Crooked River Valley in 1825. This viewpoint, which is popular with photographers, has a restrooms and a picnic area.

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