The Steens Mountains: A Round Barn & U-Shaped Gorges

Wow, a truly beautiful barn!

Travels with the Blonde Coyote

The Round Barn The Peter French Round Barn

Having grown up around horses and in Amish country, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful barns in my life, but this round barn in southeast Oregon, built in 1880 to train and exercise horses through the winter, just might take the cake. I stumbled upon this place on my way into the Steens Mountains south of Burns, an unusual glacially-carved basalt landscape that I’ve long wanted to visit.

The round barn is essentially a covered round pen with an inner and an outer ring. Round arenas are best for training young horses as it keeps them moving forward. The round barn is essentially a covered round pen with an inner ring and an outer track.

The inner circle The inner circle

The center post is a huge juniper tree that was carted in from 40 miles way. Trees don't grow this tall and straight around here. The center post is a huge juniper tree that was carted in from 60 miles way. Trees don’t grow this tall and straight around here.

Notice the nest in the middle Notice the nest in the middle

Beautiful beams Beautiful beams. This place was built to last. The Round Barn is no longer in use, but it’s preserved as a historical building in the National Register of Historic…

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