Alvord Desert


Date Location Driver Driver Country Vehicle Power Speed over
1 Km
Speed over
1 Mile
6/12/1976 Alvord Desert Kitty O'Neal USA SMI Motivator Romatec V4 Hydrogen Peroxide rocket   512.710 mph  

The Alvord Desert is a desert located in Harney County, in southeastern Oregon in the western United States. It is roughly southeast of Steens Mountain. The Alvord Desert is a 12-by-7-mile (19 by 11 km) dry lake bed and averages 7 inches (180 mm) of rain a year. Two mountain ranges separate it from the Pacific Ocean—the Coast Range, and the Cascade Mountains. Along with Steens Mountain, these topographical features create a rain shadow. The Alvord Desert lies at an elevation of approximately 4,000 feet (1,200 m).

During the dry season, the surface is flat enough to drive across, or land small aircraft on. An unofficial women's world land speed record was set in 1976 on the Alvord Desert by Kitty O'Neil at 512 miles/hour (843 km/hour).

The nearest community is Fields, Oregon, population 86.