Welcome to Steens Mountain
The highest peak in southeastern Oregon, Steens Mountain (9773ft) is part of a massive 30-mile-long fault-block range that was formed about 15 million years ago. On the western slope of the range, ice-age glaciers bulldozed trenches that formed massive U-shaped gorges and hanging valleys. To the east, 'the Steens' – as the range is usually referred to – drop off to the Alvord Desert, 5000ft below.
The hamlet of Frenchglen (population 12) has a charming hotel with dining room, a small store with seasonal gas pump and a tiny, historic schoolhouse.