Land Yachts in Alvord Desert

Land yachts race across the Alvord playa's flat landscape beneath the mile high fault-block of Steen's Mountain. Fans of the sport flock to the ancient lake bed in search of speeds beyond most posted interstate highway limits; the world record stands above 116 miles per hour. Determination counts for those who travel hours to this isolated corner of southeastern Oregon and contend with extreme heat in summer, the only season when playa is reliably dry enough for sailing.