Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Plan Your Visit

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Be Prepared for Your Visit

Malheur Refuge is in the high desert of southeast Oregon, a remote land of sagebrush, marshes, and rimrock at 4,100 feet elevation. Radical weather changes, including lightning storms and intense heat or cold, can occur quickly.  Be prepared for weather extremes and traveling over gravel roads.  Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and your gas tank is full. Carry drinking water and mosquito repellent if you visit in the summer. Bring appropriate survival gear whenever you visit.

Gasoline, supermarkets, and restaurants are located in Burns and Hines. Gasoline and limited groceries are available at the Narrows, Diamond, and Fields. Hours vary for these businesses and some are closed during the winter.


Vehicle Travel

Motorized vehicles are permitted only on roads open to the public: The Center Patrol Road, the Field Station Road, Buena Vista Lane, Krumbo Lane, and P Lane.  All vehicles must be operated by licensed drivers and must be street legal. All other roads are closed to the public. ATV use is prohibited on the refuge.


Disabled Visitors

Access varies by area.  The Visitor Center, museum and restrooms at Refuge Headquarters are accessible. Krumbo Reservoir has an accessible fishing platform and restrooms. Accessible restrooms are available at Buena Vista and the P Ranch. Contact the refuge for other suggestions.


Make Your Visit a Green Visit

While visiting a national wildlife refuge, there may be many opportunities to reduce your carbon footprint.

The refuge’s wildlife and habitats are affected in many ways by the area’s climate (learn more).  Please consider helping preserve these treasured resources by shrinking our carbon footprint—also known as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These are not rules or regulations; they are voluntary actions rooted in scientific studies and common sense. Many of these actions will also help you save money, reduce pollution and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels from other countries.

Join us in taking a positive step toward developing more efficient, healthier and sustainable communities!

10 Actions to Green your Visit

  1. Before you leave home, turn down your heating/cooling and water heater (and during certain times of year, these can be turned off); turn lights off or put them on a timer; and use motion sensors on porch lights.  Unplug TVs, computers and other electronics to avoid “ghost” power use and potentially harmful power surges (many devices are not truly off until unplugged). Download refuge information before you leave to reduce the Refuge’s need for paper brochures and other material.
  2. Drive your most efficient vehicle or carpool to the Refuge with friends and family. On average, U.S. vehicles release about 1 pound of carbon dioxide per mile. 
  3. Tune up before you hit the road. Performing regular maintenance on your vehicle, inflating tires to the appropriate pressure, and unloading unnecessary items from your trunk all improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.  Better fuel economy limits fuel consumption, saves money, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  4. Consider installing solar panels and rechargeable batteries on your camper or RV so you do not have to use a generator as often.
  5. Travel with refillable travel mugs and water bottles instead of paying for containers that will be discarded.
  6. Recycle! Most Refuges have recycling bins available to the public and take many recyclable items. Recycling aluminum cans is especially efficient. You can save hundreds of pounds of carbon dioxide by recycling half of the waste your vacation generates.
  7. If you do drive into the Refuge, limit idling. Letting a car idle for just 20 seconds burns more gasoline than turning it off and on again. By turning off the motor you will save gas, reduce noise, reduce wear and tear on your vehicle, and keep the air cleaner.
  8. Offset your vacation. It’s easy to calculate your carbon footprint and get involved in programs that allow you to offset the carbon emissions from your visit. Consider volunteering on a restoration project at the Refuge. Another option that we partner with, is the GoZero program.  GoZero plants trees and restores habitats on refuges and parks to offset emissions. There are many other carbon offset programs that you can choose from.
  9. Practice these steps routinely at home and consider options to reduce or offset your personal carbon footprint.  Check out EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator to calculate your personal carbon footprint.
  10. Give your feedback to the Refuge: your input is valuable to us. Throughout the Fish and Wildlife Service we are taking many steps to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We welcome your ideas for new and innovative approaches. Leave a comment card at the visitor center.


Last updated: September 20, 2012