Peter Skene Ogden State Park, Terrebonne

#91 of 153 in Nature in Oregon
The Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint is a state park on the Crooked River in Oregon, United States. It is on the border of Deschutes and Jefferson counties.HistoryThe facility is named in honor of Peter Skene Ogden who first entered the Crooked River Valley while leading a Hudson's Bay Company trapping party in 1825. Although no mention is made at the park itself, it was also the site of one of Oregon's sensational murders, which led to the conviction of Jeannace June Freeman of first degree murder. She was the first woman ever sentenced to death in Oregon, and remained the only woman ever sentenced to death in Oregon until 2011. Her conviction that was upheld by the Oregon Supreme Court, though she was not in fact executed.FeaturesLocated 9mi north of Redmond along on U.S. Route 97, Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint is a rest area and viewpoint with limited (but available) parking for trucks and vehicles with trailers. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables and dramatic viewing of the Crooked River canyon, as well as a views of the Crooked River Railroad Bridge, the Crooked River High Bridge, and the Rex T. Barber Veterans Memorial Bridge. The area is very popular with photographers. The developed area is on the west side of U.S. Route 97, but is accessible easily to both north and southbound traffic with a drive through parking and loop exit for both trucks and trailers.
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  • Driving from Hood River to Bend we pulled off the road for a break and discovered one of the most unusual rest stops we have ever encountered. When you park you will see an ordinary rest stop, but the...  more »
  • Totally worth a stop. Great views, nice bathroom too. Would have stayed longer if it wasn't 100 degrees.  more »
  • Views of Crooked River from this vantage point are breathtaking and a great part of Oregon many people miss speeding along 97. May not be as deep as the Grand Canyon, but the rock formations and shape...  more »
  • Nice place to go for a walk and learn some history of the Culver area. Keep dogs away from the edge as it is a steep and long drop off. Take a walk across the old bridge for great views of the deep canyon.
  • A stop to remember. The cliff may make you a bit woozy... but it is something to behold. 300 feet down. Do NOT take your pet... I have seen them fall... keep an eye out on your kids!
  • This is pretty awesome. It's like a miniature Grand canyon. The first time I drove past and saw how deep 300 + ft it was I had to turn around and go back and visit. It's very large for a rest stop and the parking lot gets pretty full at night with truckers but I've never seen it so full a car couldn't park. It does have a basic bathroom that's well maintained but it's beginning to show signs of age. Now the view. INCREDIBLE! It's hundreds of feet the bottom and it's almost straight down. There's a solid four foot wall along the edge and in two places you are actually hanging over the edge, not for the faint of heart. The only downside is the train tracks right at the end of it. I was parked there one evening and when the train came the rush of noise was sudden and very powerful, but I was not in the parking area and I was a close as you could get in your car. Please don't ignore the signs. This can be a dangerous place for pets. Besides the view and bathroom there are a few picnic tables and a lot of space. Nothing else. Drinking fountain hasn't worked for over a year and I'm not sure about the phone. I still like stopping because it's calm and peaceful. It's also fun to see the bungee jumping.
  • Stayed here to watch the eclipse. This rest stop deinitely is one of the most beautiful ones I've stayed at. There is a 300 ft amazing gorge, you can walk on the bridge. Also there is bungee jumping if you're that type of thrill seeker.
  • Definitely a good spot to stop on your way to Smith rock or Bend! Walk over to the lookout point, you won't be disappointed!

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