Fort Rock Ghost Town, also known as Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum, is a unique site to learn about the history of the homestead era in the early 1900s.
The ghost town is located in the high desert of Central Oregon, 1.8 miles away from Fort Rock State Natural Area and about 65 miles away from Bend.
The village-museum consists of multiple homestead-era wooden buildings that were acquired from the homestead sites and moved to Fort Rock in order to preserve history and make a museum showing how Oregonians lived a long time ago.
The Fort Rock Valley Homestead Museum was opened in 1988 by the Fort Rock Valley Historical Society with just two buildings named Webster Cabin and Dr. Thom's Office. Over time more and more buildings were relocated to add to the overall composition of the village.
Currently, the museum consists of thirteen structures including three houses, three cabins, a doctor's office, a church, a general store, and a school. Each building comes with its own history which is covered in the museum's visitor center. The museum also displays a collection of artifacts and historical documents.
The site is open for self-guided tours from May to October on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Fort Rock Ghost Town | General Description
Open: May to September, Thursday-Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm
Managed: Fort Rock Valley Historical Society
Location: Fort Rock Basin
Services: Flush restrooms, an interpretive trail, a guided tour is available
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: Yes
Elevation: 4,400 ft (1,341 m)
Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum is located:
- 37 miles southeast of La Pine
- 67 miles southeast of Bend
- 204 miles southeast of Salem.
From La Pine,
- Drive 2 miles south on US-97 to OR-31
- Turn left onto OR-31 and follow 29.2 miles to County Road 5-10
- Turn left onto County Road 5-10 and continue 6.1 miles to the destination.