Peter Skene Ogden State Park, Terrebonne

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#99 of 209 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 »
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  • Great place for a rest stop and picnic. Very Scenic Overlook with a very cool couple of bridges, the former highway bridge and a railroad bridge over a deep Canyon. Be very careful with your dogs! They have been known to run off leash and jump over the wall and fall to their death in the canyon. I think there is bungee jumping off the old highway bridge. Year-round bathrooms are available.
  • I love this rest area just because during the summer you can bungee jump!! Has a truck driver that passes through here that's a big deal for me... Something different something fun
  • Clean park, restrooms aren't too bad either, at least everytime we stop by. No soap provided at the sinks. Great view from the 300 ft cliff, can watch bungee jumpers take the dive.
  • Beautiful scenery & gourgous deep canyon view. Old hwy turned into walkway/ bike lane over the canyon. Nice state park. It's under some construction at the present time. Only porta potties.
  • It is a state park. State parks have suffered budget cuts and it shows with this one. Small children and pets(dogs) should either be watched like a hawk or left in a car. The cliff and drop off is real here folks. It is a breathtaking view of the river below,(view gets 5 stars).
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