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Idlewild Campground - Malheur

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Malheur National Forest

Overview

Idlewild Campground is the perfect place for large gatherings in any weather. In sun, rain or snow, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors while spending time with friends and family. The campground is situated along Highway 395 north of Burns, Oregon. In the summer, it is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. In the winter, visitors can snowmobile and cross-country ski.

Recreation

Idlewild offers opportunities for camping, picnicking, hiking and mountain biking. Devine Summit Trail begins within the campground. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing bring visitors to the area in the winter.

Facilities

Idlewild contains one accessible, group day-use picnic shelter available for reservations for up to 75 people. It is equipped with picnic tables, a campfire ring and grills. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Individual sites for overnight camping are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Natural Features

The campground is situated at an elevation of 5,000 feet in a large stand of Ponderosa pines. The group shelter sits near a meadow within Idlewild Campground. The Malheur National Forest encompasses 1.46 million acres in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. The forest's dramatic landscapes include the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, with 9,038' Strawberry Mountain, which extends east to west through the heart of the forest, and the Monument Rock Wilderness along the eastern boundary.

Nearby Attractions

The campground is located a short drive from Burns, Oregon. There are horse trails and equestrian camping within 10 miles of Idlewild.

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Location

Idlewild Campground - Malheur is located in Oregon

Detail location of campground

Directions

From Burns, OR: Travel northeast toward Vale 2.8 miles on US Highway 20 to the junction with US Highway 395, turn left onto US Highway 395 and head north. Follow US Highway 395 for approximately 14.6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2820. Turn right and continue on Forest Road 2820 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Idlewild Campground Road. Turn right after the Sno-Park and follow Idlewild Road for approximately 1 mile to the campground.

Address

265 HIGHWAY 20 SOUTH
Hines, OR 97738

Coordinates

43.799206 N
118.991367 W

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

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  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets

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7 Reviews

JThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 4, 2022

Heeby jibbies

Drove in after dark and already had a bad gut feeling driving to the campsite. Around 1 am heard several gunshots nearby... Packed up our camp and left VERY QUICKLY.

Month of VisitJune
MickandKarla W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2021

Nice USFS Campground Off US 395

We ran across this nice little campground (CG) looking for a place to walk our pups.  Idlewild is located an easy 30 minute drive north of Burns, OR.  Traveling north, the original entrance is now closed but signage takes you to the new entrance about 1/4 mile up the road.  Down by the original entrance is pull through site 1, which is the only paved site in the CG.  Most of the sites are more suited for tents but there are sites that will handle small RVs.  There is a nice trail system that runs out the back of the CG near site 1.  If you want to get away from it all, this is a great CG.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by MickandKarla W., August 23, 2021
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by MickandKarla W., August 23, 2021
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by MickandKarla W., August 23, 2021
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Judy T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed May. 25, 2021

USFS campground along highway 395

This is a basic USFS campground north of Burns, Oregon off of 395. There are few campgrounds off this highway so we always camp here. The fee is $10. There are vault toilets and seasonally a camp host with firewood. Standard clean vault toilets and water during high season. Fire ring and picnic table. There are pull through sites for larger rigs. You are surrounded by large pine trees. It is a popular campground in the fall for hunters. Highway 395 is not a busy highway so the campground is quiet. We always stay here when we visit this area.

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Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Judy T., May 25, 2021
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Judy T., May 25, 2021
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Judy T., May 25, 2021
Judy T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2020

USGS campground off highway 395

This campground is located off highway 395 in the Malheur National Forest. We camped in space 11 near the entrance after driving the loop almost back to the beginning near the single rustic vault toilet. We stayed there in late October and paid $5, ½ of the $10 camping fee. The water was shut off but the toilet was open and clean with tp. We were the only ones who stayed there that night. Several people came in during the night to use the toilets as there is another one further back, the first as you drive in.

The sites aren’t spaced too close together and the large pines create shade. Since we were there in October, we didn’t need the shade. We couldn’t hear the highway traffic as 395 isn’t that busy but during logging operations, yes, the log trucks can be heard. There is also a large timber day use structure. There are mountain bike trails nearby. If you need supplies, Burns Safeway is a good store for a small town.

  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Judy T., November 26, 2020
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Judy T., November 26, 2020
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Judy T., November 26, 2020
Skyeriver  .The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2020

ADA kind

Peaceful, sampler RV / trailers oks. Good spacing. Good place to stop for the night.  I didn't see much recreation around except OHV nearby in a staging area.   Good stargazing in the meadow.

  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Skyeriver  ., August 10, 2020
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Skyeriver  ., August 10, 2020
MeLinda W.
Reviewed May. 15, 2020

Secluded

Very quiet, but well kept campground. It was quite empty when we visited. Nice walking trail and remembrance garden.

Rhonda S.
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2018

A gem in the middle of the forest

We stumbled on this campground with no reservations and it turned into one of our favorites. Large spots with hardly anyone around. Beautiful trees everywhere. No hookups but water available and bathrooms. Fires pits and picnic tables. We were able to have the dogs off leash cause there was nobody around. I think it was $10 bucks. Worth every penny!!!

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Rhonda S., July 28, 2018
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Rhonda S., July 28, 2018
  • Review photo of Idlewild Campground - Malheur by Rhonda S., July 28, 2018

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