Snap Photos at the Dee Wright Observatory

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Added by Eric Johnson

  • Plenty of opportunities for beautiful landscape photography
  • Best to go at sunrise or sunset—the colors are at their most vibrant
  • Bring a tripod for some cool time-lapse images

On your way to Proxy Falls from Bend? Stop by the Dee Wright Observatory to take some photos of the gorgeous mountains.

The Observatory is at the summit of McKenzie Pass in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Built right in the middle of a large lava flow, the open structure itself is actually constructed with lava stone. Climb in for exceptional 360-degree views of the surrounding Cascade peaks.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Warm clothes (dress appropriately for the weather—it's an open structure!)
  • Snacks
  • Water
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

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Spring, Summer, Autumn


Easy Parking

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