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. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often. Crook County is situated in the geographic center of Oregon.
Crook County is bounded by Jefferson and Wheeler Counties to the north, Grant and Harney Counties to the east, and Deschutes County to the south and west. Prineville is the county seat.
The economy of the county is based on agriculture and forestry. Agriculture is supported by the development of irrigation districts, which permits the raising of hay, grain, mint, potatoes, and seed. The Ochoco National Forest's stand of ponderosa pine is the main source of lumber.
Steins Pillar in Crook County is one of several monoliths towering over the rugged Ochoco Mountains. The rock formation rises about 400 feet above its base and measures 120 feet in diameter. An obvious challenge to rock climbers with its overhanging walls on all sides, it was first scaled in 1950. While the surface is hardened by weathering, the rock underneath is soft, adding to the difficulty and danger of the climb.
Central Oregon is considered a rock hounding paradise. Prineville has the unofficial title of Rock Hound Capital of the United States! Few places offer the variety of precious gemstones as the high deserts and forests of this part of Oregon. With a little preparation, people of all ages can enjoy the opportunity to discover a piece of Oregon's geologic past by visiting one of the many public recreational collection areas.