Zumwalt Prairie Preserve is a site in North Eastern Oregon that has an amazing astronomy and star gazing opportunities! It is a bit farther away from populated areas than other sites covered, but this preserve is one of the best available in Oregon!
- Light Pollution: Black
- Who Uses This Site: Open To The Public.
- Gear that one can bring: Cameras are good. Small telescopes are nice!
- This a great area to look at the Nights Sky without interference from Light Pollution! There are many locations closer to some other more densely populated areas, but the site is worth the drive.
- This is managed by the Nature Conservancy and is a prarie grassland https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/zumwalt-prairie/?tab_q=tab_container-tab_element_42907514#planYourVisit
- How far outside of Portland? ~350- miles depending on the route
- Google Maps Location https://www.google.com/maps/place/Zumwalt+Prairie+Preservefirstname.lastname@example.org,-117.5102944,9z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x504062bfc448449e!8m2!3d45.555892!4d-116.9587091
There shouldn’t be any issues with paying for parking, but stay on the roads and pull over to the side when going on a hike.
The closest campground is the Wallowa Lake State Park. There are 121 hookup sites (including 2 ADA sites), 88 non-hookup sites, 2 hard-sided rustic yurts, 3 group tent areas and a hiker-biker area. Reservations can be made using the Reserve America website.
|Hiker-biker per person||$7|
|Pet Friendly Yurt||$55|