Shaniko, Oregon (Ghost Town)

Shaniko is in Wasco County, in north-central Oregon, at the intersection of U.S. Route 97 and Oregon Route 218.The city is 69 miles (111 km) north of Redmond (major airport with daily flights from LAX) and 131 miles (211 km) east of Portland.

The city is at an elevation of 3,343 feet (1,019 m). On the high plateau on which Shaniko was built, the surrounding landscape consists mainly of sagebrush, bunchgrass, and occasional junipers. Many peaks of the Cascade Range, including Hood, Jefferson, Adams, St. Helens and Rainier, are visible from the city.

Shaniko would make a brilliant setting for music video’s or catalog shoots.   There is plenty of space for crew vehicles.

Best accommodation would be located in nearby Maupin, approximately 20 miles from Shaniko.

The Shaniko Historic District, includes the Columbia Southern Hotel, city hall and jailhouse, a schoolhouse, and 42 other properties, some of which have been renovated. The NRHP nomination form for the district provides historical details, references, images, and descriptions.

The surrounding area consists of stunning winding roads through Antelope Valley and wide open plains traveling north to Maupin.




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Madras Property 1D (canyons and river)

Extraordinary privately owned property of 17,000 acres outside of Madras, Oregon consisting of canyons, fields, river and rock formations.  There is also a ‘cowboy jacuzzi’ aka waterfall which you can trek into.  Plus working barns, clay pigeon shoot area with mountain views, red angus and horses. Multiple ponds. Waterfall. River access.

Private saloon bar.  Close to accommodation (approximately 20 minutes).  

Panoramic vista’s from all points looking east.  Mountain views. 

Images taken end of May around noon.

Just. Unbelievably. Stunning.


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Painted Hills

The Painted Hills are part of the John Day Fossil Beds and located close to Mitchell. This stunning area has winding roads amidst a backdrop of uniquely colored geographical formations making it perfect for car commercials or productions with a road trip theme or iconic geological rock backdrops.
The colors and claystones vary depending on the light and time of day.  Particularly stunning at sunset.

Pull out parking with limited space, and some larger parking areas in the popular outlook areas.


Permit required.

Images taken November 9, 4pm.


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Devils Lake (Winter)

Devils Lake is located on the Cascade Lakes Highway, approximately 30 minutes from Bend and is a stunning aquamarine lake.  In the Winter it freezes over, and in early winter can be used as a skating lake.  Deeper in winter, it is completely covered in snow.  The area is a lava forest.

There is parking on the Highway which encompasses a short but steep hike down to the lake. There is also parking off road leading to campsites.

In winter the highway is closed from the Mt. Bachelor access point, but can be accessed via snow mobiles or snow cat.

During the Summer the lakes are maintained by Deschutes National Forest, in winter the permitting process is handled by ODOT (Oregon Dept. of Transportation).

Images take mid November.




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Chimney Rock Campground

Along the Chimney Rock segment of Central Oregon’s Crooked Wild and Scenic River, Chimney Rock campground offers a stunning woodland setting amongst Western Juniper trees and beneath massive Columbia River rock formations. Fly-fishing and hiking on the nearby Chimney Rock trail offer excellent branded content opportunities, particularly for recreational and fly fishing requirements.

There is a reasonable amount of parking for vehicles, production rigs may be more challenged. Camping area would provide multiple areas for crew.  

We highly recommend this area for a fly fishing or recreational shoot.   Permits must be obtained from the BLM, and are required between 30-45 days in advance.

Images taken December 10 (bottom with snow) and November 19 (top, no snow, taken at 4.30pm)



Chimney rock Overview

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