185 NW 10th St.

Prineville, OR 97754

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Things to explore

Stein’s Pillar

Want to leave the “city” and get beyond cell service? Take the time to visit our own quieter version of Smith Rock, by heading out to Steins Pillar. Natural beauty at it’s best, Steins Pillar is a place one can hike to appreciate amazing rock formations, but also the Mill Creek Valley.

Best seen May through October, this is considered “moderate” but take note, it is mostly uphill and curvy so be sure to take rest stops when needed and plenty of water. The trail travels 2.3 miles through thing forest, and at the right time of year an array of wildflowers. It then descends on a path of stairs for approximately a half mile to the base of the pillar.

What you can do

  • Family-friendly hiking
  • Photography
  • Picnics (no tables)
  • Bird watching
  • Sledding (in winter)

Quick tips

  • Watch for snakes during summer
  • No restroom facilities
  • Busy on weekends
  • Great views of the area
  • Partially wheelchair accessible

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