About the Area

Nestled in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, the Malheur National Forest spans parts of Grant, Baker, and Harney Counties.

Our forest shares boundaries with the Ochoco National Forest to the west and the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest on the east and to the northwest the Umatilla National Forest.

The Malheur National Forest is also surrounded by Bureau of Land Management units operated out of the Prineville and Burns District offices.

Our closest National Park site, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, is split into three units on the east side of the forest.

There are several Oregon State Parks in the area, such as Clyde Holliday and Kam Wah Chung along Highway 26. There are many other parks too, like Unity Lake and Bates, offering swimming, camping, and recreation opportunities.

There are many camping opportunities within the forest and outside of it. Dispersed and backcountry camping is a popular activity on federal lands, while local businesses may offer a more updated experience with RV hookups. See this map for ideas of where camping is available. If you’re looking for camping information for our forest, click here. For lists of lodging in the area, see the Harney County or Grant County Chamber of Commerce websites.