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Connley Cave Rock Shelter Field Trip

  • 21 Jul 2022
  • 7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Walmart - Bend Oregon
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Connley Cave Rock Shelter

with Dr. Dennis Jenkins & Dr. Katelyn McDonough

Date: July 21, 2022

Registration opens at 8:00 AM, July 7th 

Trip Posting

Connley Cave is located south of Fort Rock; about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Bend. We will meet Dr Dennis Jenkins and Dr Katelyn McDonough and their University of Oregon students where they will be working. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about this important site and get an update on the current work. This will be an all-day trip. It is bound to be hot with plenty of sun, some walking over uneven ground, and a slim possibility of rattlers. You will want adequate water and a sack lunch. The trip is limited to 14 people.

Recent Presentations:

        Connley Caves by Katelyn McDonough

        15,000 Years of Great Basin Archaeology by Dennis Jenkins

Trip Itinerary

- 7:45 AM - Gather at southwest corner of Walmart parking lot in Bend to check-in

- 8:00 AM - Depart for Fort Rock State Park (rest rooms) - 66 miles

- Depart Fort Rock State Park for Connley Cave. This portion of the trip will travel about 10 miles of well-graded, but dusty, gravel road followed by 1 1/2 miles on a dirt road to the Cave. They are usually quite passable with anything but a low- clearance car. 

~10:00 AM - Connley Cave visit

- Tailgate lunch

~ 1:00 PM - Start drive back to Bend

~ 3:00 PM - return to bend

Car pooling from the gathering at Walmart, is optional; if you do, please consider contributing for gas. High clearance cars and 4x4’s are not needed but we will be traveling on gravel/dirt roads. We will get dusty.


  • Water (lots), snacks, lunch
  • Hat, umbrella for shade, and sunscreen

Contact: Tom Machala, Field trip coordinator, at machalat@lightcom.net  

Mailing address: PO Box 8146 Bend, Oregon 97708-8146

Email: ascoinfomail@gmail.com

"Archaeological Society of Central Oregon" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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