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Driving from Chester, CA to Lakeview, OR, we decided to detour to the west entrance of Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Stunning, desolate, open sky scenery, and lots of antelopes! Several antelope crossed the road in front of our truck on the way to Summer Lake....More
I have been to many wildlife refuges and few, if any, allow so much freedom....go where you want to go, collect rocks, stay at free campgrounds, etc. We enjoyed visiting the Bonanza Opal mine, they were very nice and helpful.
visited both the Hart Mountain Refuge and this one and they're both awesome places to visit! here in this refuge one can see ( if you're lucky) mule deer's, big horn sheep, antelopes and maybe some wild horses...There are no services here so if you...More
Great place to camp, the warm springs are very nice. Well appointed camping sites, picnic table and several vault toilets. Free to camp, no host, There is a shower next to the warm springs. Opal mines are on the same road from 3-8 miles out.
Exploring the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge was inspiring. We only saw one other car the whole time! Be prepared for a long gravel road, if you take 8A, but it is worth it! You don't see as much from 140. There are so many animals...More
Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge is a huge vast area of land. My wife and I are outdoor types who prefer to get away from the crowds from places like Yosemite or Yellowstone. We’re used to dry camping out in the middle of nowhere by ourselves....More
In the Refuge, there is a free campground for tents and RVs. Stayed here on a Wednesday in July. There are not many campgrounds in area so we were surprised we found a spacious site after 8 PM. Campground was about 2/3 full with several...More