Observatory built from lava rocks in Central Oregon

Dee Wright Observatory

Lava stone observation at McKenzie Pass summit.

Built completely with lava stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935, the open shelter observatory is the highest point of on the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway. It offers visitors a perfect vantage point to view the expansive Cascade Mountains through strategically placed lava tube viewing holes. There’s also a brass “peak finder” to help tell you what you’re looking at and a half mile interpretative trail through the field of lava rocks that make this such a unique Central Oregon attraction.

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