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Alvord Desert - We Return to Explore (Apr 2019)

We've been to the Alvord Playa - and to some extent, the Desert that surrounds it - before, but we've never really done that much exploring of the roads that wind their way through this remote section of Oregon. We planned to change that on this trip, checking out several places that we'd seen from afar on our previous trip, but that we'd never actually visited.

Of course, we'd camp on the Alvord Playa - as always; if you're in this area, that's the only place to camp in our opinion. But then, we'd explore a couple of loop roads that would take us through the desert and then back to the playa from the east - through Big Sand Gap - if we could find a passable route through. Along the way, we'd explore several springs (including Mickey Hot Springs and Crippled Horse Springs) and Borax Lake (and it's associated hot springs).

To cap it all off, a nearly-100 mile trip through even more remote areas of the state to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. An amazing trip, that held so much more excitement than we could begin to imagine when we started out on the first day!

 

Toyota Tacoma on Alvord Playa Alvord Desert - We Return to Explore (Apr 2019) - April 25, 2019. It'd been several weeks since my last trip and as usual that meant I had a bad case of the shakes. Spring is such a frustrating time from an adventure perspective - the weather seems so nice, and yet everywhere interesting is still covered in snow. And,…
toyota tacoma stuck in mud Alvord Desert 2 - We Don't Want to Pull Anyone Out - April 26, 2019. I don't know what the deal is exactly, but it seems that last year was a year of trips with rain and snow, and this year - at least so far - it's all about the wind. It was so windy through the night that at some…
Alvord Desert 3 - Gun-Shy, We Head to Hart Mountain Alvord Desert 3 - Gun-Shy, We Head to Hart Mountain - The wind that had been relentless the day before died down over the next several hours, resulting in the most pleasant night of the trip. Oriented just so, there was no need to get up in the morning to enjoy the sunrise either - something I'm sure I'll forget by…
Rig Review: Alvord Desert - What worked and what didn't? Rig Review: Alvord Desert - What worked and what didn't? - April 29, 2019. The trip to the Alvord Desert and Hart Mountain Antelope National Wildlife Refuge was one that we threw together relatively quickly and without much work on the truck after the previous trip. The only work really was maintenance - an oil change, tire rotation, and re-booting the…

 

The Alvord is an awesome place. Check out the
Index to the Alvord Desert
for all our trips and places to see.

 

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