Fort Rock State Natural Area

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Fort Rock State Natural Area
Off OR 31, 2 mi. NW of Fort Rock
Fort Rock, OR 97735
800-551-6949
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_40.php
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Like a desert mirage, this monolith rises huge out of the barren, immense flatness of Oregon’s high desert. An enormous near-circle of towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you’ll soon realize it’s even bigger than it looks! It’s an old shield volcano set in what was a shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered in Oregon, dating back around 9,000 years

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