Nature Night: The Crooked River Caldera

Learn about the 425 square mile Crooked River Caldera. SOLD OUT, contact Deschutes Land Trust for their waiting list.

In 2007, local geologists discovered one of the largest ancient volcanoes in the world right here in Central Oregon! Straddling three counties, the Crooked River Caldera encompasses 425 square miles, stretching from Smith Rock State Park nearly to Prineville reservoir. Join Ochoco Ranger District Geologist Carrie Gordon for a tour of this immense caldera and its volcanic history that is the story of Central Oregon. Learn about this ancient volcano’s catastrophic eruption and subsequent filling in that has shaped the landscape we see today.

Tickets are free, but registration is required.

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Carrie Gordon is the Forest Geologist on the Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland for the US. Forest Service. She holds a BA in Geology from Central Washington State College and is a Registered Geologist in the States of Oregon and Washington. Carrie has worked in Central Oregon since 1992 and was part of the team of geologists that discovered Central Oregon’s Crooked River Caldera. Carrie has had a life-long fascination with the land and the rocks, listening to the stories they tell. 

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