A short drive east on Hwy 31 reveals the high desert and all of the geological changes you can imagine. Rock hunting, sight-seeing, day hiking (watch out for snakes) are ready for you to enjoy. See The Devil’s Garden, Crack-in-the-ground, and Hole-in-the-ground. Drive a little further until you reach Silver Lake.
Fort Rock Located north of Hwy 31 east of La Pine about 30 miles, like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls making it seem like a fort. Hike around and you’ll soon realize it’s even bigger than it looks! It’s an old tuff ring set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered in North America, dating back around 9,000-13,000 years. The nearby town has a restaurant and several amenities for visitors. Fort Rock also has an old museum to poke around in.
Silver Lake is the home of the famous Cowboy Dinner Tree. Call for reservations and get ready to put on the feed bag 541-576-2426. Located 4 miles south of the Town of Silver Lake, it is a pristine experience in old- fashioned western hospitality. It is a cook shack using no electricity, and they also offer rustic cabin rentals and dry camping for their guests to the area. It has amazing food and amazing views!
Silver Lake also has a little bar where they serve top shelf liquors on demand!
Summer Lake Hot Springs – One of the most picturesque places in the USA! There is ancient artesian hot springs located at the south end of Summer Lake.
Paisley is located in an up-thrust of new geological mountain and it offers the Chewaucan River, great fishing, hiking, and the annual Mosquito Festival every July.