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CENTRAL SOUTHEAST F E A T U R E D A T T R A C T I O N S • FREMONT NATIONAL FOREST The Fremont National Forest, located in western Lake and eastern Klamath counties, was founded in 1908. It consists of over one-million acres, 113,800 of which is Lodgepole Pine forests. The area is a popular spot for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing. The Fremont National Recreation Trail runs 50 miles northwest-southeast between Government Harvey Pass and Cox Pass in the forest. GEARHART MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS This wilderness area, located within the Fremont National Forest, was established in 1943. The area consists of about 20 miles of trails, including the popular Gearhart Mountain Trail. Hiking, camping, swimming, and fishing are among the many outdoor adventures for visitors. GOOSE LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA This green and shady lakeside destination along the Oregon-California state line is a popular wildlife viewing destination and boating access point. Throughout much of the year a large herd of mule deer can be seen throughout the park. The recreation area is open from April 10 to October. Amenities include showers, grassy areas suitable for tents, paved sites, fireplaces, a dump station, electrical hookups, and telephone. HART MOUNTAIN NATIONAL ANTELOPE REFUGE This refuge protects more than 300 species of wildlife within a 422-square-mile range. Created in 1936, this is one of the largest wildlife habitats. The area supports a diverse wildlife population that includes 239 species of birds, 42 mammals, and at least eight species of reptile. Not surprisingly, wildlife photography is among the area’s most popular activities, along with hiking and backpacking. MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Roughly 30 miles south of Burns is the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Named for an early pioneer, the area is home to over 300 species of birds and 58 mammals. The refuge is split by the Donner und Blitzen River, which flows northward through the middle of the refuge. The land is popular among bird watchers, hikers, and fisherman. HOTEL DIAMOND Let the Hotel Diamond become your own special getaway in central Oregon’s high desert. Few places have escaped commercialization and tourism like Diamond, which lies at the base of the breathtaking Steens Mountains in the heart of country rich with the history of settlers, Native Americans, sheep herders and cattle barons. Come experience the vast beauty of Harney County – Oregon’s own outback. Hotel Diamond makes retreats, receptions, meetings and reunions memorable and gives new meaning to the words “base camp” for sportsmen. At the end of a day spent viewing birds and wildlife and enjoying a full meal, relax on the screened veranda with a glass of wine or cup of coffee and listen to the night sounds before retiring to your comfortable room. Each of the three bedrooms downstairs with queen beds and private baths and the five upstairs bedrooms sharing tow baths is decorated in unique ranch style with antique furnishings, quilts, photographs and art. Start your day with a continental breakfast prepared by Gretchen, David and Shirley, your hosts, who add a special touch to hearty homestyle meals that would charm the most critical gourmet. For reservations or for more information, call (541) 493-1898 or visit www.historichoteldiamond.com all the comforts of home and more~ Experience the vast beauty of Harney County - Oregon’s own outback. 49130 Main Street, Diamond, Oregon 97722 (541) 493-1898 www.historichoteldiamond.com 92 OREGON TRAVEL AND RECREATION GUIDE