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Top Dispersed Camping near Central Oregon

Looking for the best Central Oregon dispersed camping? Dispersed camping gets you off the grid so you can disconnect from the hecticness of everyday life. You're sure to find the perfect dispersed campgrounds for your Oregon camping adventure.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Central Oregon, OR (18)

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    1.

    Painted Hills Dispersed

    13 Reviews
    86 Photos
    680 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    Dispersed camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) lands without a permit, but it is recommended that campers obtain a map that shows current property boundaries. Please contact the BLM , (541) 573-4400 or (541) 416-6700, or the USFS, (541) 575-3000 or (541) 416-6500, for more information.

    While camping is not allowed within the three units of the monument, there are many nearby campgrounds. Some have full service amenities, some are quiet and remote, some are in the forest, and some are right on the John Day River.

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    • RVs
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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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    Oregon Badlands Dispersed

    16 Reviews
    50 Photos
    388 Saves
    Bend, Oregon
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    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Alcohol
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    Green Mountain North Trailhead Dispersed Camping

    1 Review
    15 Photos
    20 Saves
    Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon

    This trailhead is the northern access point for Green Mountain OHV Trail (#831) , which happens to be the only OHV trail in the Ochoco National Forest at this time.  The parking area is small and cannot accommodate many or large vehicles, so please plan accordingly when you come. 

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    Lower Crooked River

    1 Review
    8 Photos
    7 Saves
    Prineville, Oregon

    Along the Chimney Rock segment of Central Oregon's Crooked Wild and Scenic River, Chimney Rock campground offers a relaxing woodland setting amongst Western Juniper trees and beneath massive Columbia River rock formations. Fly-fishing and hiking on the nearby Chimney Rock trail offer day-long recreational fun. Enjoy plenty of easy river access along the adjacent Crooked River Back Country Byway, State Highway 27.

    Know Before You Go:

    Chimney Rock Campground is open year-round and is equipped with 16 campsites and vault toilets. No reservations are accepted; site is first-come, first-served only. Water is available in the campground and an accessible fishing platform is located near the campground entrance. When recreating on public lands, practice Leave-No-Trace Principles. Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination.

    Point of Interest:

    Check out the campground's namesake butte located prominently above highway 27 opposite the campground. Access to the trailhead is across the highway at the Chimney Rock Trailhead. For a different view, visitors can ride the 18-mile Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway from Prineville to Big Bend Campground. Designated in 2018, this moderate route takes riders from picturesque farms to towering cliffs.ADA Access: Fishing platform and vault toilets are accessible.

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      Badlands Rock Camping

      3 Reviews
      6 Photos
      49 Saves
      Bend, Oregon
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      • ADA Access
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        Cyrus Horse Camp

        2 Reviews
        8 Photos
        16 Saves
        Culver, Oregon

        In 1992 this high desert horse camp was constructed with the help of volunteers amidst the remnants of an old homestead and orchard just a short distance from Haystack Reservoir. The facility is available for horse camping, standard camping, and RV camping opportunities. View a vicinity map here. Learn about Leave No Trace principles for horse camping AMENITIES: Stock water is available seasonally 5 standard campsites 8 corrals 2 hitching racks 1 water trough 1 manure pit 1 wooden picnic table and 1 combination fire ring/grill per campsite 1 vault outhouse for the campground 1 informational signboard. Please Note: Stock water may or may not be available in the future. Please call the Crooked River National Grasslands Office (541) 416-6640 or Ochoco National Forest Office (541) 416-6500 for verification. Nearby recreation opportunities include: Horseback Riding Trails Hiking Trails Mountain Biking Trails Hunting

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