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33 – Keeney Pass Interpretive Site

From the National Park Service:

Keeney Pass was named for the early western pioneer, Jonathan Keeney. In 1831, at the age of 19, Keeney left Missouri to explore the Rocky Mountains. He joined Jim Bridger of the American Fur Company and spent his life trapping and trading throughout the west. Thousands of emigrants on the Oregon Trail used this pass to reach the fertile farmlands that laid further west. The countryside of Keeney Pass has largely been unchanged since this time.

Managed by the Bureau of Land Management as an interpretive site, it offers a 2/3-mile round-trip hike along a section of the original Oregon Trail and visible wagon ruts near an interpretive shelter. Wayside exhibits tell the stories of the overland experience and the native peoples of the area. Please stay on the path in order to protect the historic wagon ruts.

More Information

https://www.nps.gov/places/000/keeney-pass-interpretive-site.htm


Coordinates: 43.90933, -117.17625
Elevation: 2927 ft
Difficulty: 1
What to Expect: No info

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Boltupright

Cool little spot and great slab ride. If it weren’t for the challenge I would never have known this existed. Farms for miles on the way out.

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Nerdy Biker

Perfect day for a ride. Not too windy just a smidge on the warm side. Agree on the ‘interesting stories’.

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Africa Twin
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BB445

First time to the Keeney Pass Interpretive site. Interesting stories from the pioneers traveling across this area.

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englund

Nice day to take the Triumph out

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Triumph Thruxton
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jbanks

Rattlesnake Heaven

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Harley Davidson DualSportster 1200
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Idabiker

Stiff headwind getting here, but pushed me all the way home!

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KLR 650 2008
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ShaneV

Nice ride getting there. Met another motorcyclist here on a Gold Wing who drove all the way from North Carolina! He was retired and said that he has done cross country via bike 4-5 times now. Peaceful & quiet little stop along the Oregon Trail.

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Africa Twin
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chatty

Easy ride out to Oregon 🙂 Met Bobby from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVWCaqVWwM8 who was doing a time-lapse. Cool guy from North Carolina doing an out and back Oregon trail over 23 days.

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Norden
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Alex Crane

This is an easy site with great scenery all the way out. I rode through Nyssa and meandered over instead of sticking on 201.

There are all kinds of really cool trails in this area. I would like to return with my DRZ and check more of it out.

It’s a 1 until the last 100 yards, where it’s rough gravel. Since it is gravel I will label this a 2, but you can get most of the way there on pavement.

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R1200GS
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FW190Pilot

Stopped in Vale prior to hitting Keeney Pass. Vale has a bunch of murals on sides of buildings and one of them is devoted to Keeney himself.

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BMW R1250GSA
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hafen8er

Easy ride to vale Oregon. Visit Owyhee reservoir if you have time

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Ktm 890R
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Trent01

Fun ride south from Vale. Interesting stories about the Oregon Trail.

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GSA 1200
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Mteichert32

Great sunny day

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Honda africa twin
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silverspurs

I never knew this was here!… glad you made it a challenge site!

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Caleb Forrey

First time on this route.

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Suzuki DL650 V-Strom
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Jason

Good time

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KTM 790 Adventure
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NormOps

I can say it was easy to get here. And I have never been, so that’s a plus

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Tiger 800
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jsk83687

Had never heard if this site for the Oregon trail.

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Husky 901e
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BobbyRay208

Never would have went over here if not for the challenge point. It’s got a little bit of information from back when the Oregon Trail was the happening thing. Imagine walking 15 miles in a day.

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Tiger 800
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Justin Wilke

Found a short dirt road on the way over and hit a little rain. Normally when I am passing by this site it is super hot. Today was the opposite.

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DR650
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Kevin Headings

Out on a pre-season tarmac ride yesterday, decided to stop by here and practice this whole reporting thing. I don’t have my bandana yet, so this won’t count, right? Easy ride from Nyssa to the site. Fun cross winds on the plains.

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BMW R1250RT
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Dan Huff

It is an interesting easy paved road ride out to Keeny Pass. Continue on south and have lunch at the Rock store and Grill in Owyhee.

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