The most direct route between Burns and Malheur Headquarters is via Hwy 205 down the west side of the refuge. As an alternative, birders can take Oregon state highway 78 (Steens Highway), a slightly longer route that travels around the east side of the refuge via Crane and New Princeton.
If Malheur NWR Headquarters is your destination, after traveling 38 miles from Burns, split off the highway onto Lava Bed Road. The highway bends left (southeast), while Lava Bed Road continues straight (south) and then curves back west to become Narrows-Princeton Road (AKA “Raptor Alley”) which leads you to headquarters.Directions
Habitat and Birds
The big draw on Highway 78 is the fall raptor show: Red-tailed Hawks, Ferruginous Hawks, Swainson’s Hawks, Northern Harriers, Prairie Falcons, Bald and Golden Eagles all descend on hay fields to hunt for rodents and the density can be very impressive at times.
A side trip can be taken to access the little town of Crane to pick up snacks or any supplies missed in Burns.