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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”

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Dee Wright Observatory

Take a trip along the southern section of the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass National Scenic Byway to the summit of the McKenzie Highway (Oregon 242) and you will find the Dee Wright Observatory settled atop vast, black lava flows. On the Cascade Range at 5,187 feet, this mountain observatory offers panoramic views of the Mount Washington and Three Sisters Wilderness areas.


As you make your way up to the observatory you will find interpretive panels with accounts of early travelers and area geology. Inside the observatory strategically placed windows frame the surrounding mountain peaks. On a clear day, you may even see Mt. Hood located a whopping 78.5 miles to the north. Continue up the stairs to the roof and you will discover a bronze peak finder with the names and elevations of the surrounding buttes and mountain peaks. 

A Land Full of History
As you journey to the observatory take a moment to consider the history and beauty of the route. The McKenzie Highway has grown from a trail, to a wagon road, to an early automobile route, and finally to the present highway. The route became a state highway in 1917, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. The highway’s designers sought to harmonize built structures with the natural setting, and with this idea in mind the Dee Wright Observatory was created. The observatory was designed by William N. Parke, and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp F-23 of Company 927, during the Great Depression. The circular tower was named as a memorial to Dee Wright, an employee of the Forest Service, a long-time packer, and Conservation Corps foreman. Since its completion in 1935, the observatory has been a favorite attraction for thousands of visitors each summer.

The east flank of the Cascade Range is a geologically young and complex volcanic region. Large composite and shield volcanoes line the crest of the Cascades, and hundreds of cinder cones dot the landscape. The Dee Wright Observatory is constructed on the lava flow which erupted from Yapoah Cone 2,600 to 2,900 years ago; this flow overlaps an earlier flow from the Little Belknap Crater.  The basaltic lava found in the area is called A A lava (pronounced “Ah Ah”); and is characterized by its rough and jagged surface.

The Lava River Interpretive Trail
The accessible Lava River National Recreation Trail is next to the observatory, offers an unusual half-mile hike. This paved interpretive trail provides remarkable views of lava that flowed from the surrounding craters. Hike right through numerous lava formations, learning about the area’s geology from signs along the way. 

Deep Bay Cabin The Deep Bay Cabin is a fully accessible large group recreation cabin located near Deep Bay on Zarembo Island. It is accessible year-around by float plane or boat. It can be accessed from Roosevelt Harbor where there is a float dock, ramp, and parking area or by beach access from Deep Bay. The cabin is on the Zarembo Island road system and can also be accessed by vehicle and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from other parts of the island. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring their own amenities.
Deep Creek Connector #418.1B The Deep Creek Connector Trail #418.1B begins at the Deep Creek Trailhead and ends at an intersection with the Deep Creek Trail #418. This trail provides access to the Deep Creek Trail as well as the Iron Mountain Trail #418.1C. It ascends uphill heading northeast and follows an old road grade its entire length.
Deer Hollow Non-Motorized Winter Recreation Area The Deer Valley Winter Recreation Area encompasses more than 1,300 acres of some of the most beautiful winter landscapes on the Dixie National Forest. Just a short halfhourfrom Cedar City, the area is ideal for cross-country skiing. Skiing season usually starts mid-December and wraps up mid to late March. Whether you are experienced or new to crosscountryskiing, with nearly 37 kilometers (23miles) of groomed cross-country ski trails, there are loops designed for every level and type of skiier. From the relatively quick and easy A Loop, to the more arduous E Loop, there is something for everyone.
Delta National Forest Campsites There are 57 primitive campsites dispersed throughout the Delta National Forest.  Camping is only permitted in a designated campsite.  Campsite amenities include a graveled pad, fire ring, lantern post and picnic table.  Potable water is available at Delta Work Center on Forest Service Road 703. Campsites rent for $7 per night by reservation only. Individuals holding an Access or Senior pass will receive a 50% discount ($3.50 per night).  Reservations for all sites may be made at least 48 hours in advance online at .  Reservations also be made by visiting the Delta Ranger District Office at 68 Frontage Road, Rolling Fork, MS 39159.
Dillon Creek River Access This access is located approx. 24 miles upstream from Orleans directly across the highway from Dillon Creek Campground. The access consists of a short foot trail down to the confluence of Dillon Creek and the Klamath River. This is a very popular Steelhead fishing spot as well as swimming in Dillon Creek.
Dispersed Camping Regulations for Leadville RD Dispersed Camping is allowed on the Leadville Ranger District except in areas that are marked as prohibited or in the Recreation Areas of Turquoise and Twin Lakes by Special Order UFC-1, Exhibit C. Campgrounds that are concessionaire-run are available in these areas, and fees are required for camp sites. The rules and regulations below can also be found on the Leadville Ranger District Motor Vehicle Use Map. Parking and Camping on the San Isabel National Forest
Divers Hole Day Use Located along the Illinois River Road (Forest Road 4103), where the Illinois River widens out and forms a deep pool.  The depth of this pool, its proximity to the main road and the surrounding shallow terraces provide easy access to the beach. Facilities No fire pit No picnic table No drinking water No toilet No garbage disposal - Please pack it out
Double Arrow Lookout The Double Arrow Lookout offers guests a chance to see the Seeley valley and the adjacent Swan Mountains from a different and unique vantage point, high above the hillside. The tower contains a few modern amenities, including electricity, but allows guests to personalize their visits with their own supplies. A variety of recreational opportunities exist in the surrounding mountains, but the view is usually what attracts people to the tower. The lookout is a 14-by-14 structure atop a 20 foot tower. It was built in 1933 and staffed by Forest Service employees until the mid-80s, when it was opened to the public for recreation purposes. The tower is now listed on the National Historic Lookout Register.
Dyar Pasture Recreation Area

Sit on a quiet bench overlooking Dyar Pasture Recreation Area  and you might just feel invisible, less like an intruder and more a part of this 60-acre freshwater wetland less than 60 miles from Atlanta.  Witness an amazing display of birds and wildlife engaged in their natural rituals in this peaceful, middle-Georgia wetland.  Day-break and dusk offer particularly good times to see muskrats, beavers, snakes and deer foraging in the wetland and along the banks of the adjacent Oconee River.  A short, fully accessible nature trail and viewing deck provide continuous opportunities to see bird species including wood storks, ibises, herons, ducks, shorebirds, eagles, ospreys, and neo-tropical birds.  The area also offers picnicking and fishing opportunities, a boat launch with access to the Oconee River and Lake Oconee and a short hiking trail.

Managing a Waterfowl Conservation Area

Dyar Pasture was once a place where beavers controlled the water level and cattle grazed.  Today, this 60-acre freshwater wetland, created through a collaborative effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Power and Ducks Unlimited, is outfitted with a dike and water flow control system.  This management allows for a healthy and sustainable waterfowl habitat. 

History abounds all around

Nearby Madison, Ga., is renowned for its streets of stately Antebellum homes and historic sites.  From the Native Americans who lived here for at least 10,000 years to the days when Hernando de Soto's troops came to the area in 1540 to Georgia's first paper mill in 1811, history has etched a rich heritage here. Today, the ruins of the Scull Shoals Historic Site witness a time gone by. Situated on the banks of the Oconee River, this is great place to appreciate area’s history, enjoy a picnic, or walk the trails in the area.

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