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Sun, Jun 30


Deschutes County Fairgrounds


After The PNW Overland Expo. Meet us in Bend, and get ready to have the best damn 4th of July of your life.

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Time & Location

Jun 30, 2024, 4:00 PM – Jul 04, 2024, 3:00 PM

Deschutes County Fairgrounds, 3800 SW Airport Wy, Redmond, OR 97756, USA

About the event

Embark on an extraordinary overlanding adventure as we navigate the vast and surreal Alvord Desert. 

Located in the southeastern corner of Oregon, this otherworldly expanse of playa unveils a landscape reminiscent of another planet.

Prepare to be immersed in a rugged and untamed landscape as we embark on an overlanding expedition through the Owyhee Canyonlands. Nestled in the remote corners of Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada, this vast expanse of high desert unveils a tapestry of canyons, plateaus, and winding rivers that beckon the adventurous spirit.

🚙 The Journey:As you set out on the dusty trail, the landscape transforms into a mesmerizing tableau of cracked earth and endless horizons. The Alvord Desert and Owyhee Canyonlands, nestled between the Steens Mountain Range and the Pueblo Mountains, offers a feeling of isolation and tranquility that is unparalleled. As your tires roll over the dusty trails, the Owyhee Canyonlands reveal their secrets. The scent of sagebrush hangs in the air as you navigate through canyons carved by ancient rivers, witnessing the raw, untouched beauty of this high desert wonder.

🌅 Sunrise on the Playa:Wake up to a breathtaking sunrise casting hues of pink and orange across the expansive playa. The Alvord Desert, with its flat, dry lakebed, provides an uninterrupted view of the horizon, creating a canvas for nature's most captivating displays.

Camping Under the Starlit Sky:As the day transitions into night, experience the magic of camping under a canopy of stars. The lack of light pollution in this remote desert allows the Milky Way to shine brightly, turning your campsite into a celestial theater.

🌊 Rivers and Hot Springs:Navigate the twists and turns of the Owyhee River, where canyon walls rise dramatically on either side. Discover hidden hot springs, offering a soothing break from the dusty trails. The Owyhee Canyonlands' rivers are the lifeblood of this remote region, cutting through the high desert with a timeless, relentless flow.

🌵 Wildlife Encounters:Keep an eye out for the unique flora and fauna adapted to this arid environment. From sagebrush to pronghorn antelope, the Alvord Desert is teeming with life that has evolved to thrive in this challenging yet stunning terrain.

🌄 Exploration Beyond the Horizon:Venture beyond the well-trodden paths and explore hidden gems, from hot springs along the Alvord Hot Springs Road to the dramatic landscapes of the Alvord Rim. Each turn reveals a new facet of this awe-inspiring desert, inviting you to become part of its ever-changing story.

🗺️ For the Adventurous Soul:This overlanding adventure is tailored for those seeking the thrill of exploration and the solace of untouched nature. From seasoned overlanders to those venturing into the high desert for the first time, all are welcome to join this unforgettable expedition.

📸 Photographer's Paradise:For photographers, the Alvord Desert is a dream come true. Capture the stark beauty of the cracked mud flats, the contrast of distant mountain ranges, and the play of light and shadow across the landscape.

🛣️ Plan Your Expedition:This overlanding journey is open to enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you're a seasoned overlander or a first-timer, the Alvord Desert promises an adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

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