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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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TripAdvisor
  • We were there with family visiting from CA. Breathtaking view, but not for those afraid of heights. Not recommended for small children or dogs  more »
  • Dramatic views of the canyon. You can walk along path on the edge with some bump-out overhangs where you can look straight down to the river or one can walk across the old vehicle bridge which is now ...  more »
  • A beautiful spot to observe the Crooked River Gorge! Pack a lunch and enjoy a stop on your way to the winery!  more »
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  • This is a really cool place to visit! Mind the warnings about no pets! It will make perfect sense when you get to the edge.
  • Some truck parking out of view of the main road. Good place for a picturesque hike... WITHOUT your dog. There are DOZENS of signs warning visitors of past doggy deaths from leaping over a canyon wall that is almost as shear as a skyscraper. Bathrooms only one step better than pit toilets with no running water. Didn't notice a working water fountain and the outside spigots were labeled "NOT FOR DRINKING". Otherwise great. Bring a camera.
  • A stunning view of a beautiful place. A lovely park for stretching your legs during a long car journey. Unfortunately, not everyone reads the signs about no dogs - I worry for the safety of animals.
  • Pretty awesome little park/rest area. The canyon was really cool to see.
  • The view down into canyon is breathtaking (300')