Located near a stream that has been dry for thousands of years, archaeological excavation at Rimrock Draw has yielded important clues about human use and natural resources that were available to its occupants from approximately 16,000 to 6,000 years ago. The hike will include a guided tour of the Paleoindian site and setting of Rimrock Draw Rock Shelter and the adjacent stream canyon led by University of Oregon’s Dr. Pat O’Grady.
Difficulty: Moderate - 3-4 miles, some off-trail hiking, with rough and rocky terrain and slight elevation gain.
Picnic lunch provided by: Jackson’s Corner
ONDA Hiker information
- Hikes have a very limited capacity. As such, we ask that you only register for hikes that you are certain you will attend.
- Expect a phone call from us the week before the hike confirming your attendance. We will have a waitlist for each hike and will release your spot to someone on the waitlist if we are unable to confirm your attendance.
- Each hiker is required to sign a liability and photo release form at the beginning of the hike.
- Hikers will meet at the Oregon Natural Desert Association office – 50 SW Bond St. Suite 4, Bend, OR – and carpool to the trailhead. If you are able and willing to drive, please come with at least half a tank of gas. If you can't or do not wish to drive, please bring cash and plan to contribute between 5 and 10 cents per mile to the driver of your carpool. Directions will be provided for drivers.
Attendees should bring:
- A positive attitude and inquisitive mind
- Small backpack
- Lunch will be provided by Jackson's Corner
- Epi-pen/inhaler/meds, if needed
- Sturdy shoes/boots
- Extra clothing layers, high desert temperatures can fluctuate dramatically
- Hat (Optional)
- Trekking poles (Optional)
- We will do our best to make accommodations for those with special needs, but please let us know well in advance. The nature of these hikes involves hiking over rocky, rough, and often steep terrain that may be unsuitable for some.
Please call our office at (541) 330-2638 or email Lisa@onda.org if you have any questions, concerns, or need an accommodation for the hike.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Pat O'Grady.