Kiger Gorge Overlook
Burns District | OR
Season Dates: 7/4 - 11/1
Kiger Gorge Overlook provides a prime veiwing opportunity for one of the most remarkable geologic landscapes in the Northwest. During the Ice Age, glaciers formed in the major stream channels on Steens Mountain. These glaciers dug trenches about one-half mile deep, through layers of hard basalt. The result was four immense U-shaped gorges – Kiger, Little Blitzen, Big Indian, and Wildhorse. The famous notch in the east ridge of Kiger Gorge formed during a later glaciation when a small glacier in Mann Creek Canyon eroded through the ridge top.
From Burns, take State Highway 78 southeast for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto State Highway 205 and travel south for 60 miles to Frenchglen, Oregon. Just past Frenchglen, turn left onto the Steens Mountain Loop Road. Travel approximately 22 miles on the Loop Road before turning left onto the Kiger Gorge Overlook access road.