Snap Photos at the Dee Wright Observatory


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.

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10 months ago

Great photography

Fun to take non hikers to this viewpoint to snap some pics. I recommend specifically at sunset, during the day it’s not as good.

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11 months ago


The views of the Cascade Mountains from the summit are great. The surrounding lava rock makes it seem surreal.


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over 4 years ago

Amazing 360 Views

I hit Dee Wright up for sunrise, I had the area all to myself. Awesome 360 views. Definitely worth the trip and early rise to check it out!

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