The Painted Hills

A delicious layer cake of history, the Painted Hills are a visual timeline dating back 40 million years! Rocks found in The Clarno Area (named for a pioneer crossing near John Day) are from The Eocene Epoch and paint a picture of a sub-tropical grass land. The present day Cascades were not yet formed and…

Petersen Rock Garden

Not far off Highway 97, between Bend and Redmond is a quaint little piece of roadside Americana, The Petersen Rock Garden. The Garden was built in 1935 by Danish immigrant Rasmus Petersen and is made entirely of locally collected rocks. Obsidian, Petrified Wood,Crystal Quartz,and Agate make up a miniaturized world complete with irrigated ponds and…

Pistol Butte

There is something about a Butte, once you climb it, you never forget it. The more little bumps you recognize on the horizon, the better you know the land as a whole. 7 miles from my house is 5,154 foot tall Pistol Butte. Locals say the butte was named after Pistol Pete, a notorious mountain man who…

Glass Buttes: Obsidian Collection

77 miles East of Bend, on Highway 20 lies Glass Buttes, a geological wonderland literally speckled with ancient volcanic glass. The area is one of the largest Obsidian collection sites in the North West. Native American’s have been accessing The Buttes for centuries.  Artifacts from this area have been identified as far north as British Columbia and…