Dee Wright Observatory, OR

US Forest Service

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 (242) and you will find the unusual and historic Dee Wright Observatory...[more]



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From McKenzie Bridge, OR travel east on Highway 126 for about 5 miles; turn right on Highway 242. Continue on Highway 242 for 22 miles to the Dee Wright Observatory at the top of the McKenzie Pass.

From Sisters, OR travel west on Highway 242 for 15 miles to the Dee Wright Observatory.

You can see the observatory from the highway. Parking is adjacent.

Think safety:

  • The narrow and curvy McKenzie Highway is a high traffic area.
  • Watch for bicyclists and other vehicles.
  • The highway is not suitable for trailers or long recreational vehicles. 

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