Dee Wright Observatory

Central Oregon & the Oregon Cascades

Perched on frozen rock atop McKenzie Pass, Dee Wright Observatory is a small fortress built out of lava in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It surveys a desolate volcanic landscape, but on a clear day you can witness a dozen volcanic cones and mountain peaks from its arched windows. A half-mile interpretive trail winds through the lava.

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Nearby Central Oregon & the Oregon Cascades attractions

1. McKenzie Pass Area

0.49 MILES

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2. Three Sisters Wilderness

16.88 MILES

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3. Deschutes Historical Museum

27.85 MILES

Located in an old grade school, this museum houses Native American and pioneer artifacts. There's also historical information on the area's logging,…