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

Looking for an adventure where you can explore Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland and then fall asleep in your tent? The Dyrt helps you find campsites with tent camping near Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland. Each spot offers quick access to one or more of Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon's most popular destinations.

Best Tent Sites Near Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, OR (50)

    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Rock State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Smith Rock State Park Campground

    1.

    Smith Rock State Park Campground

    36 Reviews
    170 Photos
    422 Saves
    Terrebonne, Oregon

    2021: Open with capacity limit due to COVID-19.

    If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.

    Note: Some climbing areas are closed or have limited access from about Jan. 15 to Aug. 1 to protect nesting raptors. Drones are also not allowed during this period. Check the park advisories on this page for exact dates and affected areas.

    Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and ask all park users to stay on trails. Bivouac Camping

    Camping is open early spring through late fall, as weather allows.

    Walk-in bivouac area for tents (No reservations) 
    Showers (overnight guests only)
    RV camping, sleeping in vehicles and open fires are not allowed
    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $8 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park

    2.

    Deschutes River Campground — The Cove Palisades State Park

    24 Reviews
    83 Photos
    65 Saves
    Culver, Oregon

    Welcome to Deschutes River Campground at The Cove Palisades State Park! Nestled in the heart of the Deschutes National Forest, this spot is a gem for anyone looking to soak in some stunning natural beauty. The campground is open from mid-May to mid-September, offering a perfect escape during the warmer months.

    One of the standout features here is the breathtaking scenery. The drive into the park alone is worth the trip, with jaw-dropping views that will make you want to pull over and snap a few photos. Once you're settled in, you'll find plenty of hiking opportunities right from the campground. The Tam-A-Lau trail is a favorite, offering incredible views and a great way to start your day with a sunrise hike.

    The campground itself is well-maintained and clean, with friendly rangers who are always ready to lend a hand. While there are no electric or water hookups, you will find drinking water and toilets available. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy evening around the campfire. Just remember, no alcohol or pets are permitted, so plan accordingly.

    For those with RVs, the sites vary in size, and some can accommodate larger rigs. However, you might want to drive through the loop first to find a spot that fits your vehicle. If you're into water activities, the nearby Lake Billy Chinook is a major draw, perfect for jet skiing, boating, and fishing.

    In summary, Deschutes River Campground offers a fantastic mix of natural beauty, hiking, and water activities, all within a well-kept and friendly environment. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or looking for a bit of glamping, this campground has something to offer. Enjoy your stay!

    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Palisades Campground

    3.

    Palisades Campground

    7 Reviews
    39 Photos
    82 Saves
    Prineville, Oregon

    Unlike most of the other campgrounds along the Crooked River, this 14.5-acre campground is set back some from the Lower Crooked Back Country Byway, providing some isolation. Campground facilities include fourteen mostly broad, spacious campsites, vault toilets and an accessible fishing pier. All but one of the campsites are at river level and accessed by a single-lane road.

    Know Before You Go:

    Open year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are accepted. Potable water is available year-round at the upriver Chimney Rock Campground, 0.8 miles north on State HIghway 27. Cell phone service is not available in the campground. Watch for bicyclists: the section of State Highway 27 between Prineville and Bowman Dam is designated as the Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway.

    Point of Interest:

    The site takes its name from nearby rock outcrops composed of basaltic lava which form the steep, formidable cliff faces across the river from the campground. ADA Access: Accessible fishing pier and trail.

    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground

    4.

    Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground

    14 Reviews
    46 Photos
    419 Saves
    Terrebonne, Oregon

    Welcome to Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground in Oregon. This spot is a gem for those who love a bit of rugged charm. Nestled near the Deschutes River, it's a prime location for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle and get back to nature.

    This area is all about simplicity and natural beauty. It's a dispersed camping area, so don't expect the usual campground amenities. There's no drinking water, electric hookups, or showers, but you will find a toilet. The lack of amenities means you need to come prepared, but the payoff is worth it. The views are stunning, especially if you snag one of the spots near the river cliff. Just be ready to carry your gear a bit if you want those prime spots.

    Visitors have mentioned that the area is great for a quick overnight stay in your vehicle or a more extended camping trip. The waterfall is a highlight, just a short half-mile hike away, and it's a perfect spot for a refreshing swim. The landscape is open and can get a bit dusty, especially in the dry months, but the scenery more than makes up for it.

    Pets are welcome, and there's no fee to camp here, which is a big plus. It's also conveniently close to Smith Rock, making it a great base camp for climbers. Just remember, no fires are allowed, so plan your meals accordingly.

    Overall, Steelhead Falls Trailhead & Campground offers a raw, unfiltered camping experience with some of the best natural beauty Oregon has to offer. Whether you're here for a night or a weekend, you'll leave feeling refreshed and connected to the great outdoors.

    • Pets
    • Tents
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Chimney Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chimney Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chimney Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chimney Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chimney Rock Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Chimney Rock Campground

    5.

    Chimney Rock Campground

    4 Reviews
    11 Photos
    136 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.

    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash
    • Drinking Water
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco Forest Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco Forest Camp

    6.

    Ochoco Forest Camp

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    25 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    Overview

    Ochoco Forest Camp is nestled in the Ochoco Mountain range near the 6,926-foot Lookout Mountain, which is known for its unusual rock formations. The pavilion offers a large group picnic area and several campsites. A small meadow and group fire ring with BBQ is popular for weddings and family reunions. Wild horses are sometimes seen near the camp and surrounding area.____

    Recreation

    The shelter is close to the Lookout Mountain Trail, which climbs to the top of the mountain and offers terrific views of the Cascades and meadow wildflowers in the spring. This trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. However, horses are not allowed at the pavilion and campground. Anglers can also go fishing for trout in nearby Walton Lake.

    Facilities

    The shelter is close to the Lookout Mountain Trail, which climbs to the top of the mountain and offers terrific views of the Cascades and meadow wildflowers in the spring. This trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. However, horses are not allowed at the pavilion and campground. Anglers can also go fishing for trout in nearby Walton Lake.

    Natural Features

    Much of the area is dominated by old-growth Ponderosa pine. Wildlife include Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer, as well as several bird species that include white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer's blackbird. Wild horses are commonly seen in the area. Excellent hiking, mt biking, and horse riding is available on the trails nearby.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Walton Lake offers a variety of activities for day-use visitors. There is a swimming beach, fishing pier and boat ramp, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout. There is exellent trail hiking and mt. biking at Lookout Mt and Round Mt. trails.__

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Tents
    • Group

    $125 - $200 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco National Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Ochoco National Forest

    7.

    Ochoco National Forest

    2 Reviews
    3 Photos
    21 Saves
    Mitchell, Oregon

    The Ochoco National Forest is located in Central Oregon, north and east of the City of Prineville. It encompasses 850,000 acres of rimrock, canyons, geologic oddities, dense pine forests, and high desert terrain as well as the North Fork of the Crooked River. At 155,000 acres, Crooked River Grasslands is one of the largest tracks of preserved grassland in the U.S. Visitors can find a variety of evidence of a ‘failed’ homestead attempts on the Grasslands: stone shelters, tools, cans, log cabins, barns and water troughs still remain. Please note that these items are protected by the Antiquities Act and must not be removed to preserve the historic integrity of the area.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Sno-Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Sno-Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Sno-Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Sno-Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Sno-Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Walton Sno-Park

    8.

    Walton Sno-Park

    1 Review
    17 Photos
    Mitchell, Oregon

    Walton Lake Sno-Park is located off of Forest Service Road 22 and provides access to a variety of winter activities. There are two parking areas; the lower provides immediate access to the network of cross-country ski trails, and the larger upper area that provides immediate access to the warming hut and restroom. The greatest concentration of snowmobile trails on the Ochoco National Forest can be accessed from the upper parking lot. Additionally, there is a small hilly area next to the upper parking area that is good for sledding and tubing. Walton Sno-Park is ideal for snowmobile enthusiasts, as well as anyone who is looking to participate in more than one kind of winter recreation and does not mind roads that are maintained less in the winter. Be advised: Plowing of the FS 22 Road only occurs approximately once per week and there are few adequate places to turn around, so access may be difficult. In addition, early season plowing extends outside the road bed to allow room for the snow that accumulates throughout the season, so please be aware and drive with caution. View a map of Nordic ski trails at Walton Sno-Park . View the Snowmobile Trail Map .

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    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
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      9.

      Whistler Campground

      1 Review
      7 Saves
      Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon

      Located on the northern edge of Mill Creek Wilderness, this campground is located within walking distance from the Wildcat North Trailhead. There are many standing dead trees here so be careful where you wander and where you set your camp. Whistler Springs rockhounding site is located within the campground shortly downhill from the restroom that has a tendency to draw enthusiasts. For visitors who are interested in either hiking in preserved wilderness areas, or scavenging for some beautiful stones this is a great place to spend some time. Visit our Rocks & Minerals page for more information on rockhounding. View a vicinity map of Mill Creek Wilderness and trails NOTE : The road getting to the campground, as well as the road within the campground, are both very rough. Recreational vehicles and trailers are not recommended.

      • Phone Service
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      • Group
      Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
      Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
      Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
      Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
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      Camper-submitted photo from Burnt Ranch Road/Bridge Creek (Painted Hills)
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