Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

Overview

Introduction

Located near Lakeview and the Nevada-Oregon border, this large refuge is a somewhat remote—and subsequently quite pristine—section of wilderness. It's home to nearly 2,000 pronghorn (which technically aren't antelope, though they share similar characteristics). The pronghorn keep company with more than 300 other species of wildlife, including bighorn sheep, mule deer and pika (small, rabbitlike creatures). Near the ranger station is a natural hot spring complete with a privacy shelter that we enjoyed immensely. The view from Hart Mountain, looking back into Warner Valley, is one of the best in Oregon. Near Hart Mountain is the Warner Valley Wetlands Restoration Project, featuring a series of lakes teeming with wildlife, particularly waterfowl. 280 mi/450 km southeast of Portland.

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