The Crooked River National Grassland is a unique landscape that serves as a host for a variety of different activities from hunting, fishing and boating to hiking, rock climbing and OHV riding. Come explore a place like no other!
Snow-capped peaks, rivers, lakes, wildlife, and trails in this high desert area makes for some of the best recreation in Oregon. Skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, biking, boating, and riding are some popular activities in this beautiful place.
In November of 1990, Newberry National Volcanic Monument was created within the boundaries of Deschutes National Forest. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes 50,000+ acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features in central Oregon. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Oregon Cascades and across the High Desert.
It is hard to fathom as you drive through the summit area that you are within a 17 square mile caldera at the summit of a 500 square mile volcano, a volcano that remains very active to this day. Newberry is both seismically and geothermally active. Geologists believe the caldera sits over a shallow magma body only 2 to 5 kilometers deep. Visitors see numerous cinder cones (over 400 throughout the area), miles of basalt flows, as well as rhyolite flows of obsidian.
*This campground will be closing for the winter on 9/30/2012*
Paulina Lake Campground is one of the most popular of the Newberry Monument campgrounds, partially because it is the first campground that you come to as you enter the monument area. It is located on the southwest shore of Paulina Lake and offers opportunities for bird watching, bicycling, sightseeing, and access to the Paulina Lakeshore Trail #3955 and Little Crater Trail #3953.
The Maury Mountains offer solitude and relaxation to those in search of it. There four campgrounds in the area including one situated on the shore of Antelope Flat Reservoir (a little known fishing hole), and the agate beds near Elkhorn Campground have also been known to attract rock hounds. This beautiful, secluded area is a great place to find your own adventure!
Far removed from the nearest town this entire area offers a pristine natural environment comparable to many wilderness areas. Most recreation happens here during the big game hunting seasons, leaving the area vastly unoccupied the remainder of the summer season. You can experience just about everything here from wildlife viewing to fording a river into the Black Canyon Wilderness on a backpacking excursion. If you want adventure without a crowd, then this is the place for you!
The Western portion of the Ochoco National Forest offers a great variety of recreational opportunities without being too far removed from the nearest town. In the winter there are opportunities for snow play including a Mark's Creek Sled Hill and numerous trails for snowmobiles and cross country skiers. In the summer there is everything from fishing to backpacking in the Mill Creek Wilderness! If those activities don't suit your style, there are also OHV trails, developed campgrounds, group pavilions, and overnight rental options for two historic cabins. Nearly everything you are looking for is available here!