Christmas Valley, Oregon, North Lake County’s fastest growing community, didn’t come into existence until 1961. It boasts a nine-hole championship golf course,
CV Airport, gas stations, grocery stores, motels, restaurants, variety stores, RV parks, and its own bi-monthly newspaper, The Desert Whispers. A vast sand dune system and Crack-in-the-Ground are within easy access. Hunting is also very popular in the North Lake County region.

Christmas Valley Oregon is centrally located in Lake County Oregon. It is located about 110 miles southeast from Bend Oregon. About 40 minutes northeast from Lapine Oregon. It is about 140 miles northeast from Klamath Falls Oregon and about 108 miles from southeast from Lakeview Oregon, the county seat of Lake County Oregon. The California border is about 1.5 hours southeast from Christmas Valley.

The Christmas Valley area has a population of around 2000 residents. It has an average elevation of 4,192 feet. The average rainfall is 12.5 inches and the average snowfall is 19.9 inches. Christmas Valley has 311 days of sunshine per year, The average temp in January is 23F, while the average temp in July is 86F.

Christmas Valley is an unincorporated community in Lake County, Oregon. Christmas Valley, named after nearby Christmas Lake, was a real estate development started after World War II. A post office was established in 1963 as a rural station of Silver Lake. In 1961, developer M. Penn Phillips laid out the townsite, including its fanciful holiday street names, a water system, a golf course, a lodge, an artificial lake, Baert Lake, and the Christmas Valley Airport. Over the years, new growth has included taverns, restaurants, a library, health care facilities, a volunteer fire department, and emergency medical services. As of 2009, population estimates range around 2000 full and part-time residents.

North Lake County’s wide-open spaces, brilliant sunlight, towering pines, dramatic basalt formations and desert lakes create an unforgettable setting for recreation and exploration. This really is a place “where the deer and the antelope play”. And the views go on forever!

Flocks of people come to camp, fish, hunt, hike, or just enjoy the sights. Mule deer and pronghorn abound, and ducks and geese flock to nearby Summer Lake by the thousands. Bear, bighorn sheep, and cougar also make their home in North Lake County. Winter Ridge offers a dramatic backdrop to the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge.The incredible views and clear skies are a photographer’s delight.

Anglers enjoy fishing for trout and bass within and hour’s drive of Christmas Valley. Nearby public lands offer miles of hiking trails and many campgrounds, in both forested and desert settings. Intriguing geologic features tell a vivid story of powerful volcanic forces that interrupted the long tranquil periods when huge ancient lakes supported abundant tropical life.

Volcanic oddities like Hole-in-the-Ground, Crack-in-the-Ground, and the Devil’s Garden give the adventure-minded a chance to discover the mysterious and violent ways that volcanoes helped to shape this land.

Spectacular sand dunes, 18 miles northeast of Christmas Valley, testify to the power of wind, water and time. Miles away from any other forest, a unique and isolated tract of old-growth ponderosa pines, known as the Lost Forest flourishes next to these desert dunes.Fort Rock, a striking basalt formation, is the site of one of the key archaeological find in western America sagebrush sandals 9,000 years old.History buffs will want to visit the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum, a showcase of what life in this area was like for early western settlers.

Today, some of the proud traditions of the Old West still carry on. Cattle drives complete with calves, cowdogs and buckaroos on horseback are a common sight in the Silver Lake Valley, home to many historic ranches.Those who come to enjoy the rugged beauty and wildness of the Oregon Outback can still end the day with the comforts of western hospitality. The area’s restaurants, lodges, grocery stores and other facilities provide all the amenities needed to make a trek to the Outback and experience to treasure.

This friendly farming community has quite a few businesses within the city limits of Christmas Valley. There is also fishing, hunting and affordable skiing which isn’t far away either with Warner Mountain close by. Some of the best alfalfa in the world is grown in the Lake County area and there are quite a few farms in the Christmas Valley area. Land is still at an affordable price here and many people come from all over the United States to visit Christmas Valley, Oregon each year. This is high desert country and with the calming breeze,quiet stillness and beautiful summer days, it is easy to see why this is North Lake County’s fastest growing area. Enjoy!!