"Hay Farming in the Middle of Nowhere" Christmas Valley by atufft
Christmas Valley Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 7 photos
About 200 feet below the soil surface is bedrock. If a well rig drills through this, then there's a huge supply of water available. In this region of the Great Basin then, farmers have a chance to make a living with wells and special irrigation systems that create a huge circle of hay fields with the desert. Thus, Christmas Valley is a tiny town that's fairly spread out, along the route between OR Hwy 31 and OR 395. The crossroads of town has a gas station, a resort of some sort, and a grocery store. In the area around this is a scattered collection of mobile homes and other less than impressive residential homes. I was amused by seeing tomboy girls riding their horses along the county road.
About sixteen miles out of town are dunes that can be accessed by off-road vehicles. The preservation of these dunes, and nearby fossil lake are of some concern. See the tip for more information about this. I have no idea why the valley is named Christmas Valley although the sage brush and desert do resemble the Bible lands in a vague sort of way. Snow and ice do come here in winter, but in tiny amounts. This is a harsh environment in which to make a living.
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