Steens Mountain Overnight Camping
SUGGESTED Packing List

July weather is gorgeous in the Steens Mountain area, with daytime temperatures in the 60’s-70’s and lows in the 40’s. Be aware that night can be a bit chilly, so be prepared for any type of weather. It is always recommended to dress in layers each day. Our tour is casual— we want to see and experience the natural world! There will be no activities or events which demand anything but casual attire. 


Please bring the following items:

  • Warm jacket

  • Sweatshirt

  • Hiking clothes

  • Bathing suit for the hot springs!

  • Hiking shoes and socks

  • Sandals for the hot springs (ones which can get wet)

  • Rain shell, just in case of a fluke on the desert

  • Sun protection: Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen

  • Camera

  • Day pack for hiking

  • Water bottle

  • Snacks if desired

  • Binoculars for bird watching

Suggested Reading

Your guide will wow you with the natural and cultural history of the Steens Mountain Area during your tour, but if you find some time prior to your trip, here are some great reads.

  • Flora of Steens Mountain
    Donald Mansfield
    Oregon State Univ. Press, 2000

  • Happy Valley
    Anne Shannon Moore
    Oregon State Univ. Press, 1916
    Can be found at Bend’s High Desert Museum

  • Hart Mt. National Antelope Refuge Comprehensive Management Plan Vol. I and II
    An EIS prepared by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

  • Sagebrush Country, A Wildflower Sanctuary
    By Ronald J. Taylor (Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1992)

  • Cattle Country of Peter French
    By Giles French (Binfords & Mort, Publishers, 1964)

  • Harney County, An Historical Inventory
    By Royal Jackson and Jennifer Lee (Gail Graphics, 1978)