On today’s Summer Bucket List, we visit the out-of-this world volcanic features of Diamond Craters.
EVER WALKED ON THE MOON? A trip to Diamond Craters feels like it!
Near Burns, Oregon, and Steens Mountain, the Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area provides some of the highest concentrations of volcanic features in the Pacific Northwest.
Named for Mace McCoy’s diamond brand, Diamond Craters displays an entire range of eruptions possible in basaltic volcanism. This volcanic area was formed sometime in the past 25,000 years, with some of the eruptions taking place as late as 1,000 years ago, and now resembles a thin, rocky pancake with a few bumps. Features identifiable at the Outstanding Natural Area include craters and vents, cinder cones, spatter cones, lava tubes, driblet spires, a graben, and water-filled maar.
For more site information, please visit http://on.doi.gov/1d7yJ5a.
Photos by Matt Christenson, BLM Oregon/Washington