Scenic Driving

The Malheur National Forest hosts over 9,000 miles of mostly gravel, roadways. Many of our forest roads are extremely rugged or unimproved. Four wheel drive and high clearence is recommended and absolutely necessary for many of our more remote roadways. Be prepared to be fully self-sustained: aid and assistance of any kind can be far and few between in this neck of the woods. If you travel far from any major roads, you will likely find your cell phone to be of little use aside from cached maps and photographs.



Strawberry Mountain Loop

This 73.6 mile paved scenic tour takes one fully around Strawberry mountains on a ride through wildflower strewn Logan Valley, the John Day River Valley rangeland, up and over forested high country, and through the towns of John Day, Canyon City and Prairie City. Total elevation gain of approx. 3855'.

Map showing a scenic drive around the Strawberry Mountains


North Fork Malheur River, USFS RoadTour

This approx. 56.6 mile paved route takes drivers out of Prairie City, looping around alpine Forest roads and meadows via NFS Road 13 and 16 then back to Prairie via County Road. 62 creating.  Total gains amount to around 4050’. Many camping opportunities exist along the ride, including the Short Creek Guard Station.


Map showing a scenic drive in the area of the North Fork Malheur River.


Four Corners Loop

This beautiful drive travels through the Malheur National Forest and is partial paved and partial gravel.  The route begins on County Road 18 off of Hwy 26 and is paved to the junciton with National Forest Service Road (NFS) 36.  NFS Road 36 is gravel and well maintained all the way to the junction with County Road 20 which is paved and connects to Highway 7, then back to Highway 26.  

Map showing a scenic route through the Malheur National Forest


Murderers Creek Loop

This scenic drive starts in John Day Oregon heads west on Highway 26 to County Road 21 (Fields Creek), County Road 21 turns into National Forest Service (NFS) Road 21.  NFS Road 21 connects to Highway 63, then go east to Highway 395 north back to John Day. 

Map of loop from Fields Creek past Murderers Creek Guard Station back to Highway 395



Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities