Burns, Oregon

 

Burns, which was named after Scottish poet Robert Burns. Harney County is located where U.S. Highways 395 and 30 converge. Burns and neighboring Hines are a transportation hub.

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Area Attractions
Hells Canyon Scenic Byway Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Leave the fast pace and fenced-in views of Interstate 84 and follow the contours of the land into slower times and wilder places..
Elkhorn Scenic Byway

Elkhorn Scenic Byway
This 106-mile loop takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains, gold-mining ghost-towns and along elegant lakes and rivers.

Columbia Gorge Discover CenterHike the Steens Mountains
Explore the Steens Mountain with this easy hike. There are three short paths that lead to viewpoints of Kiger Gorge, the East Rim, and Steens Summit.
Anthony LakeHike Anthony Lake
Just as beautiful, but more accessible than the more famous Wallowa Mountains nearby, the Elkhorn Range boasts craggy granite peaks and high alpine lakes surrounded by wildflowers.
Eagle CapClimbing Eagle Cap
This 9,572-foot hike to the hub of the Wallowa Mountains is not for the weary. This is a great two-day hike to the summit or a beautiful, shorter day hike, if you prefer.world.
Nearby Lodging
Best Western Ontario Inn & Suites
The beautiful Snake River within walking distance of the hotel has some of the best fishing in the entire United States. Just minutes away are the spectacular scenic Lakes of Owyhee, Bully Creek and Malheur.
Best Western John Day Inn
The Best Western John Day Inn is John Day's finest. It is located in the middle of the beautiful John Day valley and the Malheur Forest. It is the perfect place to get away from it all. Enjoy the peace of this small town and its attractions.
Best Western Rory & Ryan Inns in Hines
Experience the Best Western Rory & Ryan Inns, located in Hines near Burns, we are the perfect small place to get away. Enjoy the peace of this small town and its attractions.
Best Western Skyline Motor Lodge in Lakeview
Welcome to Lakeview, the TALLEST town in Oregon. We are located on Southeastern corner of Oregon, 16 miles North of the California State Line. When you are in Lakeview there are unlimited things to see and do.

Harney County boasts 10,228 square miles of land with approximately 7,600 friendly, hospitable citizens, who invite you to spend a few days, a month, or a lifetime enjoying the wonders of this vast land. Harney County is the largest county in Oregon and the ninth largest in the United States.

Established in 1889, the county seat is Burns, which was named after Scottish poet Robert Burns. Harney County is located where U.S. Highways 395 and 20 converge. Burns and neighboring Hines are a transportation hub for the region and business centers for Oregon's largest county. With its sprawling size, Harney County is Oregon's "Big Country." Vast rangelands, an immense wildlife refuge, and the 9,670 foot high, 30 mile long specter of Steens Mountain support the claim. Cattle are still big business on the century-old ranches south of Burns. Although modern machinery is part of today's scene, you can still see traditional old west cattle drives in the Blitzen Valley.

Geography:
Burns is located approximately 130 miles east of Bend in eastern Oregon. It is the 9th largest county in the United States, larger than many eastern states. Known for its vast high desert and majestic Steens Mountains, Harney County is a unique and independent corner of Oregon. As its motto suggests, The weekly Burns Times-Herald "covers Harney County like the sagebrush," with a focus on the communities and the proud people who live in them.

Probably the finest and most spectacular fossils found in Harney County occur in a deposit of snow-white diatomaceous earth in the Trout Creek area southeast of Fields. A number of species of Miocene flora have been obtained by commercial collectors. The leaf imprint, nearly black, stands out in clear contrast against the snow-white matrix. Harney County is also known to be a great place for rock hounds. An official rock hounding map is available from the Highland Rock and Gift Shop in Burns. At Glass Butte, located about 50 miles west of Burns, off the highway at milepost 77, you can find obsidian, sheens (silver, gold and rainbow), red, mahogany, flame, fire, lace and more. Buchanan thunder eggs can be found at Oard's Service Station, which is 23 miles east of Burns on Highway 20. The petrified forest areas in the Stinking Water Creek Basin offer the best opportunities for the collector of petrified trees and have been posted by the Federal government to preserve this unusual forest. The remainder of the basin area contains float material of petrified wood pieces. Leaf and fish fossils are also found in the basin located south, off Highway 20, past milepost 167 east of Buchanan.