Overlanding in Oregon The Alvord Desert | Tent Camper Rentals

The Alvord Desert is located in Harney County in southeastern Oregon and makes for the perfect 3-5 day tent camper overland adventure. It is one of the largest playa lakes in Oregon created when rainwater fills shallow depressions in the landscape leaving behind salt minerals as it evaporates.

Giant Playa Overland Tent Camping a Galaxy of Stars

The dry lake bed is about 12 miles long and 7 miles wide and only receives an average of 7 inches of rain per year. Just west of the desert is Steens Mountain looming over the lake bed and creating a beautiful backdrop and the most amazing star watching at night in your tent camper rental.

Visiting The Alvord Desert in Your Tent Camper Rental

Each season offers a very different experience at the Alvord Desert. The winter has cool temperatures between 40 and 50 °F during the day and between 20 and 30 °F at night. Spring is when most of the rain falls. The rain collects in the playa and makes travel across it difficult. Days are still cool with highs between 50 and 60 °F, but it only drops down to between 30 and 45 °F at night. Summer brings some of the hottest temperatures in the state with highs between 85 and 95 °F. Night time temperatures drop to around 60 to 70 °F. During Fall temperatures drop back down to highs between 60 and 80 °F and lows between 40 and 50 °F. It is the driest time of the year.

Pro Tip For Photographers 

Visit in late spring when there’s still a little snow melt on the playa. It’s a great time to shoot since there’s still a little water on the playa to see, making nice reflective sunset shooting If you’re planning on camping in your tent camper, fall is the most ideal with its cool temperatures and little rainfall. Rent your camper today!