Lifestyle in Harney County
Living in this area has many unique features and opportunities. Harney County is termed the "high-desert" because of its elevation (Burns is at 4,200 feet), and hence the types of vegetation and landforms that present themselves in some areas are desert like. But the landscape and climate varies greatly in this area. There are forested, pine tree covered areas in the northern portion of the County with the Ochoco and Malheur National Forests. There are large sagebrush covered rolling hills and meadows in the bottomlands. Many lakes, streams, and the Alvord Desert are in the southeastern corner of the County. A large wetland area known as the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and then of course, Steens Mountain and other mountain ranges in the southern end that all add up to the tremendous and extraordinary variety of landscapes that are found here. These features add to the Quality of Life that appeals to a wide range of individuals. The variety of landscapes also produces innumerable Recreational Opportunities.
Other aspects that contribute to a positive and healthy lifestyle are the Educational Opportunities that are available through elementary, secondary and branch campuses of nearby institutions of higher education.
Recreation is a very important part of the lifestyle in Harney County. There are numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with a wide variety of activities. Harney County has national forests, lakes, streams, mountain ranges, high desert habitat, wildlife refuge, Wilderness and other areas that provide many outdoor features to enjoy. Thus, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking and other recreational opportunities (i.e. bird watching, photography, etc.) are all possible in the Harney County area.
Other Recreational Opportunities Include:
Golf: The Valley Golf Club provides a 9 hole course and has an excellent ranking.
Birding is a favorite hobby for many that live and visit Harney County. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge provides a host of different bird species and the opportunity to view them in their natural habitat. The Silvies Valley is also an amazing location to see thousands of migrating birds as they come through on their long journeys. Viewing and watching birds and wildlife in these areas is a welcomed activity. While you are enjoying the scenery, just try to make sure your person and vehicle are stopped off the road as these areas are through traffic ways.
Harney County is rich in cultural opportunities both traditional and unique in their offerings. Symphonic concerts are available through the Chamber Music Society's program, independent film features can be seen through the Coyote Cinema Club, unique speakers join the community through the Chautauqua program, the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Wadatika, hosts an annual Pow-Wow, the County hosts an annual Migratory Bird Festival, and the Desert Dash Rally to name just a few of the many cultural events and opportunities in this community.