Welcome to JORDAN CRATERS!
Jordan Craters is a volcanic field, covering 27 square miles with olivine basalt. This otherworldly
scene is the result of lava flow that occurred in two main phases, both less than 30,000 years ago.
This ancient lava field features craters, lava tubes and pahoehoe (a Hawaiian term meaning “ropy,”
describing the smooth, billowy lava flows), showing just how mobile a lava flow can be. Drive right
up to Coffee Pot Crater, a well-preserved, steep-sided crater that covers two-thirds of a square
mile. Hike through or take photos of this alien-like terrain and explore the area’s beautiful and
geologically violent past.
Know before you go
The area is full of RUGGED TERRAIN, footing is precarious. Lack of trails,
sharp lava formations and open pits can be dangerous for the most
LAVA FIELDS can reach temperatures of more than 120 degrees during the
summer. Dehydration is dangerous. Bring enough water to remain hydrated.
roads are nearly impassable when wet. Winter weather makes access
difficult. High-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended.
Jordan Craters is located in the southeast corner of Oregon in Malheur County.
From Highway 95, 8 miles north of Jordan Valley, turn west at the Jordan Craters
sign onto Cow Creek Road. Follow BLM Jordan Craters access signs for 25 miles
to the site.
100 Oregon Street
Vale, OR 97918
Coffee Pot Crater: the only crater on site to offer
vehicle access. This area also features roughly
aligned spatter cones—blocks of lava that have
welded together, forming cones.