Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Skull Hollow Campground

This trailhead is located on Forest Service Road 5710 just slightly northwest from Skull Hollow Campground.  From this trailhead there is access to the Cole Loop Trail (#854) which junctions with the Warner Loop Trail (#854A) and Gray Butte Trail (#852). View a vicinity map here. *** There is a Closure Order prohibiting dispersed camping outside of the Skull Hollow campground. View a map of the closure area here. 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.

$10.00 - $20.00
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Showers
Trash Available
RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
Pull-Through Sites
Skull Hollow Campground is located in Oregon
44.3972 N
-121.063 W
Get Directions
From Prineville, Oregon: Head north on Highway 26. Turn left onto Lone Pine Road and continue for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 5710. Skull Hollow Trailhead is located approximately one-half mile from the junction of Lone Pine Road and Forest Service Road 5710 on the right.
19 Reviews of Skull Hollow Campground
Close to Smith Rock

Nothing to write home about but it’s close to smith rock and bathrooms are clean. Camp host is nice.

Beautiful Desert Grounds, Relentless Truck Noise on Weekdays

Site has no water so pack in plenty. Camp host sells firewood. Fires are allowed in the fire rings. High Desert, plan accordingly. Overall grounds were very clean and sites are plenty big. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

We were there in mid-August and only 3-4 of the 66 sites were occupied. Plenty of space to spread out. Not many trees for privacy or noise abatement but folks were quiet at night. A few sites at the entrance and Site 26 and 47 had some trees and light shade cover. Weekends are nice. I assume all weekdays are noisy. Got there Sunday afternoon and it was nice and quiet. That evening it was just the stars, coyotes, occasional cow and car driving by the main road. Monday was relentless. There is a commercial aggregate operation across the road and they run big trucks between sites non-stop (every 5 minutes) 24 hours starting Monday morning and all Monday night through Tuesday until we left. There is a slight grade so trucks are climbing and engine braking back and forth so their extra noisy. I assume this happens on all weekdays.

Bathrooms were clean (even the portapoties). Didn’t interact with camp host much but he seemed nice and was respectful of our space and privacy.


Hot and dry, no water and is kinda expensive.

Great distance from Smith Rock!

Dropped in around midnight on a Friday in the middle of summer and easily found a spot to camp. Coyotes howling, stars amazing, vast space, and beautiful! (Didn't see an obvious place to pay at night and might have ended up at a "free" spot as one reviewer commented before). Worthy for the weary.

Great campsite in the proximity of Smith rock

I rolled into camp a little later in the day and found a great spot to set up camp. From the campground to Smith Rock State Park it was only a 15 minute drive. At night could see the Milky Way.

Good Spot

Super excited to see Smith Rock for the first time! Hike all day, when we came back in the evening we could tell that our tent had been blown over in the wind but the camp host (I think his name is Charlie) put in extra stakes and tie offs to keep our tent up right. So so nice and generous of him. The campground is very inexpensive and doesn’t have a lot of amenities and that’s all good by me.

Beautiful camping

Great little campground, cleanest pit toilets I’ve ever used, friendly hosts and beautiful scenery. We’ll be back here for sure!

ok camp at awesome location

We arrived late in the evening and accidentally ended up at the free side of the camp (on the way in you need to turn left for the maintained area, which we didn't notice, but there was couple campsites built by the road continuing further). It was totally fine, we missed having a picnic table, but still there was a grill spot. Awesome location, in general I recommend it

Quiet and spreadout

We pulled up on a Saturday afternoon to find a plentiful selection of sites! It is a nice quiet campsite and easy to get to with a camper. We stayed at site 6 that had plenty of room for multiple tents and several cars and a trailer. The sites can be effected by wind and most certainly the sun. Overall a great dry camping site and if it’s full there are plenty of dispersed sites down the road!

Can only imagine ...

Drove through this campsite to check out our next visit. This is the place to be on a clear night. I can only imagine the stars above and the show to be seen. I’ll definitely be back.