Indian Ford Campground is named for its location on Indian Ford Creek and is conveniently located between the town of Sisters and the Metolius River and Suttle Lake areas.
This campground offers many opportunities for hiking and biking with the many trails nearby. The ponderosa pine forest provides shade as well as the chance to go bird or nature watching.
Indian Ford Campground can accommodate RV, trailer or tent-campers however water and electric hookups are not available. This is a no water facility so campers will need to bring their own supply. All sites are equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring with grill and the campground has vault toilets available.
Nestled in the Deschutes Forest with a pleasant, small spring running through the center of this facility, Indian Ford Campground is a great shady family spot with short hikes all around.
The close proximity to the town of Sisters offers many additional recreation opportunities including the nearby Sisters Wilderness Trails.
Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, and the unique geological landscape of Newberry National Volcanic Monument draw visitors to the region as well. It is a great starting point for visitors to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits. Visitors can also explore the Lava River Cave, located in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. At 5,211 feet in length, the northwest section of the cave is the longest continuous lava tube in Oregon.
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Indian ford campsite is a quaint, no frills, vault toilet campground six miles west of sisters, nestled amongst Ponderosa pines and right next to trails to the Metolius River and Black Butte.
Sites are large with fire pits and picnic tables. The drawback is that it’s very close to Highway 20, so you hear road traffic frequently.
Bring your own water. Super cheap, only $12, with $2 extra on holidays. Also, only open seasonally. In the Deschutes National Forest.
I have a love/hate relationship with this campground. On the positive side, it's very close to the cute little town of Sisters, Oregon. It's a good size (not too big, not too small). Decent sized sites. Nice trees. And it's a great deal price-wise.
On the other hand, there's pretty much nothing to do at this campground, and it's within Frisbee distance of the major highway that runs through here. So while not right on the highway, it's close enough to hear noise most of the night.
Overall, unless you need a place right next to Sisters or want to use this as a base camp to save money and head elsewhere, you're better off at other spots nearby.
Located between sisters and bend this campground is surrounded by beautiful mountains and trails. We hiked black butte during this trip and were amazed at how social the chipmunks were once we reached the top where the lookout is. Campground was clean and minimal.