Pillars of Rome

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A must see for the photo enthusiast, these unique rock formations that reflect the sunlight in different ways, make for a wonderful setting for scenic photos.

The community of Rome in Malheur County received its name from the imposing nearby formations of fossil-bearing clay that look like Roman ruins. The 100-foot high formations, which are also known as the “Pillars of Rome,” measure about five miles long and two miles wide.

These strange white bluffs, stand near the Owyhee crossing and were a landmark to pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail reminding them of the structures of ancient Rome. For the rafting and white water enthusiast, Rome is the entry point for a great ride down the wild & scenic Owyhee River past beautiful canyons, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Directions: Follow Highway 95 South to Rome about 117 miles, then turn west across from the Rome Station, then turn south, drive for about 1.5 miles.

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