Oregon Route 205

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Oregon Route 205

Route 205 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by ODOT
Length73.35 mi[1] (118.05 km)
High Desert Discovery Scenic Byway
Major junctions
South endRoaring Springs Ranch
North end OR 78 near Burns
CountryUnited States
Highway system
I-205 OR 206

Oregon Route 205 (OR 205) is a state highway in Harney County, Oregon, running from Roaring Springs Ranch to OR 78 near Burns. OR 205 is known as the Frenchglen Highway No. 440 (see Oregon highways and routes). [2] It is 73.35 miles (118.05 km) long and runs north–south, connecting the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to Burns. The highway has also been designated the High Desert Discovery Scenic Byway by the Bureau of Land Management. Part of OR 205 also is used in the Steens Mountain Back Country Byway, a loop road around Steens Mountain.[3][4]

Route description

Intersection of OR 78 and OR 205

OR 205 begins at the Roaring Springs Ranch as a continuation of Catlow Valley Road, which connects with Nevada State Route 292 near Denio, Nevada. It travels north along the edge of the Catlow Valley and turns east to enter Frenchglen in Blitzen Valley. The highway continues north on the rim of Jackass Mountain through parts of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, crossing between Harney Lake and Malheur Lake in Sunset Valley. After briefly turning west to cross Wrights Point, OR 205 continues due north through Harney Valley and terminates at a junction with OR 78 east of Burns.[5][6]

Major intersections

The entire route is in Harney County.

0.000.00Roaring Springs RanchContinues as Catlow Valley Road
Burns73.35118.05 OR 78 – Burns, Crane
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Transportation Development Division (April 2015). "Straightline Charts: Frenchglen Highway No. 440" (PDF). Oregon Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  2. ^ Staff. Descriptions of US and Oregon Routes (PDF) (Report). Oregon Department of Transportation. p. 18. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-11-02.
  3. ^ Staff. "Scenic Byway" (PDF). Harney County Chamber of Commerce.
  4. ^ Staff (September 15, 2010). "Steens Mountain National Back Country Byway: Oregon Scenic Drives". GORP. Orbitz Away.
  5. ^ Google (October 20, 2021). "Oregon Route 205" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  6. ^ Oregon 2019–2021 Official State Map (PDF) (Map). Oregon Department of Transportation. April 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2021.