"Hay Farming in the Middle of Nowhere" Christmas Valley by atufft

Christmas Valley Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 7 photos

About the Water...

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.

Christmas Valley Dunes

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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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    There are two possible origins of the name: corruption of early settler's name Christman is official. Also, one story says early wagon train spent Christmas here.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    A colleague at work actually bought something like 100 acres out here. The assumption was that the price of the land will only go up ... right? ;-]

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Seems like a scenic out of the way spot.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    I love dunes, but to walk on, photograph, but not drive all over. Another out of the way place that you have discovered.


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