Black Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern

Near Silver Lake, Oregon

Black Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern does not offer reservations through Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!



The rocky outcrops that define the Black Hills Area of Environmental Concern (ACEC) are all that remains of an eroded dome of volcanic tuff, formed 4-7 million years ago near today's Christmas Valley, Oregon. Covered with hardy, low-growing plants, this high desert ecosystem hosts 3 BLM Special Status Species of plants: Cusick’s buckwheat, Warner Mountain bedstraw, and snowline cymopteris. The site offers great hiking, wildflower hunting, photography, and wildlife viewing. Watch for bobcats, coyotes, golden eagles, pronghorn antelope, and many other large and small mammals, birds, and reptiles who call the Black Hills home.

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The Black Hills interpretive site is a popular starting point for day hiking and photography. Accessible by foot or 4WD vehicle, it includes a parking area, fencing, and an interpretive sign.