Snap Photos at the Dee Wright Observatory
Oregon › 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.
- Warm clothes (dress appropriately for the weather—it's an open structure!)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Chillin, Hiking, Photography
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
More Adventures Nearby
Hike to God's Thumb
Oregon / Roads End State Park Parking
From Road's End State Park, map your way to the end of NE Port Street and park on a pull off next to the described gate: on your right you'll see the gate with three skinny trees to the right of it.
Hike to Indian Point
Oregon / Herman Creek Trailhead
Park at the Herman Creek Trailhead in Cascade Locks 2 miles from the exit. Remember to bring your Northwest Forest pass or a $5 payment to park.