Description - Elevations range from 4400 feet (Sawtooth Creek) to 7163 feet (Snow Mountain). The vegetation is diverse on this southernmost portion of the Blue Mountains ranging from sagebrush, scab flats, and juniper, to ponderosa pine stands and dense mixed conifer slopes of Douglas-fir, white fir, western larch, and lodgepole pine. South of the District begins the Great Basin, which extends into the Southwest.
- Highway 395 bisects the Burns Ranger District through the scenic Devine Canyon and the agricultural Silvies Valley. There are two campgrounds, Idlewild and Yellowjacket, along with several dispersed recreation sites. There are also six trails on the Burns Ranger District. Craft Cabin trail on Pine Creek, West Myrtle and Myrtle Creek trails, the Malheur River trail on the Malheur River National Recreation Trail on the Malheur River offer splendid scenery and good fishing.
Recreation - Yellowjacket Lake, streams, and the wide open spaces of this southern District provide many enjoyable hours of camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, photography, and bird watching. Horseback riding, rock hounding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are other popular activities.
Climate - By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common.
Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.
The Burns Ranger District is located north of the city of Burns. U.S. Highway 395 leads through the District.