The Steens Mountain Loop road is open…mostly

HARNEY COUNTY-The Steens Mountain Loop Road is open! Mostly… A one-mile section near Big Indian Gorge Overlook remains closed due to a 2023 rockfall and instability above the roadway. The area is waiting for geo-engineered stabilization, which will happen as soon as possible this summer. With this closure, there is no continuous travel around the entire Steens loop – only ‘out and back’ adventures for now.

There are no turnarounds for large or towing vehicles, campers, or recreational vehicles near the closed section. Plan accordingly.

Not to worry – you can still access all your favorite places on Steens Mountain. Four developed campgrounds, five overlooks, many hiking trails and Riddle Brothers Ranch are ready for your visit!

Keep up with the status of the Loop Road by listening to KZHC or log on to

phot by Gary Kegel, BLM volunteer