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Peter Skene Ogden State Park, Terrebonne

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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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  • The lookout here is great! This is a 300' deep canyon with a railroad and auto bridges over the Crooked River Canyon. This is a rest area, but wow, what a treat for the views! It doesn't take long to ...  more »
  • We've been by here and stopped many times over the years. It is a great place to get out, stretch your legs and do what needs to be done after a time in the car. The scenery is breathtaking. Peering d...  more »
  • There is a rest stop and a little park area and then then is a gorge 300 feet deep with the Crooked River running through it. Unbelievable views. You can walk across the gorge on a bridge that is now ...  more »
  • This is pretty awesome. It's like a miniature Grand canyon. The first time I drove past and saw how deep (500 + ft estimate) 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.
  • The grounds are natural. It's Breathtaking Views are undoubtedly the reason to stop here. It's well maintained walkways are easy to navigate with a cane or wheelchair. The picnic areas are clean. The restroom is kept up. So glad I turned off to enjoy the sights.
  • Beautiful views and amazing scenery. Not a pet friendly site. Do not take your pets here.
  • Beautiful stop to walk around and enjoy 3 breathtaking bridges over the crooked river.
  • Good place to stop. Beautiful view of the river and canyon.

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