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Top Dispersed Camping near Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland

Want to go dispersed camping near Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland? Dispersed camping gets you off the grid so you can disconnect from the hecticness of everyday life. Each dispersed site offers quick access to one or more of Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland's most popular destinations.

Best Dispersed Camping Sites Near Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, OR (35)

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    Painted Hills Dispersed

    13 Reviews
    86 Photos
    676 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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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
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    Oregon Badlands Dispersed

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

    1 Review
    15 Photos
    19 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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    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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    • Picnic Table
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Jasper Point — Prineville Reservoir State Park
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    Camper-submitted photo from Lower Crooked River
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    Lower Crooked River

    1 Review
    8 Photos
    3 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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        Skull Hollow Dispersed

        1 Review
        22 Saves
        Terrebonne, Oregon

        *** There is a Closure Order prohibiting dispersed camping outside of the Skull Hollow campground. View a map of the closure area here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd507382.pdf.

        This closure is designed to help protect natural resources around the trailhead from overuse and to prevent conflict between campers and day users. Please observe the closure order and use the campground for camping in the vicinity of Skull Hollow trailhead.

        There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities. Additionally, the general area outside Skull Hollow campground is CLOSED to camping and fires within a ¼ mile of the road from the junction of FS 5710 and Lone Pine Road to the junction of FS 5710 and FS 5720.

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        Crooked River National Grasslands Dispersed Camping

        2 Reviews
        9 Photos
        58 Saves
        Culver, Oregon

        https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/deschutes/recreation/camping-cabins/?cid=stelprdb5291492

        Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest OUTSIDE of a designated campground. Dispersed camping means there are no toilets, no picnic tables, no trash cans, no treated water, and no fire grates. If you are dispersed camping in the winter, recognize that the Forest Service does not plow or maintain Forest Roads in the winter, so plan your trip accordingly. Typically, dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, boat ramps, picnic areas or trailheads. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. It's your responsibility to know these before you try this new experience.

        Picking a Campsite If you are going to an area where others have camped before, pick a site that's been used before. Plants, soil and wildlife are impacted by new campsites, so using existing ones will minimize your impact on the forest. If there is no existing campsite, then follow these Leave No Trace guidelines:

        Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damaging or killing plants and grass. Do NOT camp within 200 feet of any water source, plants near water are especially fragile. Don't camp in the middle of a clearing or meadow. Make your campsite less visible so that other visitors will see a "wild" setting. Don't try to level or dig trenches in the ground at your campsite. Select a campsite with good natural drainage. Visit the Leave No Trace website for more information.

        Campfires Many wildfires are caused by human activity, typically escaped campfires from dispersed campers. Campfires are allowed when you are dispersed camping UNLESS there are fire restrictions in effect due to high fire danger conditions. It is YOUR responsibility to know if fire restrictions are in effect before you go camping.

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