• Crack in the Ground is a unique geological wonder near the Christmas Valley
• Explore the depths of a 2-mile trail through the entire length of the crack

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A unique geological wonder, Crack-In-The-Ground is located 8 miles north of the town of Christmas Valley. This formation of volcanic origin features two parallel cliffs stretching roughly 2 miles in length and reaching depths of up to 70 feet in some places. The average width between the walls of the cliffs is approximately 10 feet.

Visitors to Crack-In-The-Ground can embark on an adventurous hike through the entire length of the crack. Along the trail, hikers will encounter fascinating crevices, caves, cracks, and formations, offering an unforgettable exploration experience.

While the exact time of the formation's occurrence remains unknown, scientific research suggests it has remained open for approximately 12,000 years. The fissure was formed as a result of the Four Craters Lava Field eruption, which caused the sinking of the old rock surface, ultimately creating the remarkable monument of tectonic and volcanic activities we see today.

Unlike many other fissures, Crack-In-The-Ground remains relatively free from sedimentation and erosion, preserving its natural wonder over time.

The trail is open year-round, but access to the trailhead may require a four-wheel-drive vehicle during the winter season. Please note that the trail is open for foot travel only.

Restrooms are available on-site, but there is no drinking water, so make sure you bring plenty of your own. Please be advised to have warm clothes. Even in summer, the temperature inside the crack might drop to 30 degrees Fahrenheit depending on surface temperatures.


Crack-in-the-Ground Oregon

Crack in the Ground

Crack in the Ground Oregon


Crack-In-The-Ground: Places To Stay

Green Mountain Campground, 6 miles northeast is primitive designated campsites with a vault toilet, picnic tables, and fire grates on the first come, first serve basis.

The closest cities offering a range of lodging options for visitors whether you're seeking hotels, motels, or vacation rentals are La Pine, Bend, and Lakeview.

Lodging in La Pine - 74 miles northeast

Affordable vacation rentals for short and long term stay in La Pine

Lodging in Bend - 102 miles northeast

Lodging in Lakeview - 109 miles south

Crack-In-The-Ground | Facts

Open: Year-round
Managed by: BLM
Location: Four Craters Lava Field

Amenities: Restroom, no drinking water
Activities: Hiking, nature viewing, photography

Trail Distance: 2 miles (3.2 km)
Hike difficulty level: Moderate
Elevation gain: 70 ft (21 m)

Distance from the parking: 0.35 miles (0.5 km)
Road access: High-clearance vehicles, the road can be inaccessible during wet and snow weather
Day-use fees: Free

Elevation: 4,500 ft (1,372 m)

Crack-In-The-Ground is located:

  • 102 miles southeast of Bend
  • 109 miles north of Lakeview
  • 179 miles east of Eugene.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Crack-In-The-Ground

From Bend,

  • Travel 31 miles south on US-97 to OR-31
  • Turn left onto OR-31 (Fort Rock Highway) after La Pine and drive 29 miles to County Road 5
  • Turn left and follow 22.5 miles to Christmas Valley Road
  • Turn left onto Christmas Valley Road and go 12.1 miles to Millican Road
  • Turn left onto Millican Road and continue 7.3 miles to the parking area.

Phone: 541-947-2177

GPS: N 43°19.964' W 120°40.540' | 43.332733, -120.675667

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