Welcome to Malheur National Forest

First snow for Sept. 21, 2017 at Roads End in the Strawberry Mtn. Wilderness.



The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern   Oregon. The diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and   meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754   meters) top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain Range extends east to west through the center of the forest.  Plan your camping trips with our interactive   recreation maps today by visiting our recreation page for all you need to know and more.

Camping Buton The Malheur National Forest provides opportunities for nearly every type of camping; from developed camgrounds, RV camping, roadside, wilderness, and backpacking.
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Permit purchase:  Driver’s license and form of payment. 

Pass purchase:

Senior Pass Annual or Lifetime:  Driver’s license or government issued ID showing birthdate for prove of age 62 or older and form of payment.

Access Pass:  Proof of disability, not a hang tag. 

Annual Pass:  Form of payment

Northwest Forest Pass and Day Pass:  Form of payment

Annual Military Pass:  Proof of current military status or veteran’s status with valid ID to prove Identity.

Hiking Button More than 240 miles of trails (over half in Wilderness) access the high sub-alpine mountain terrain, the deeply incised, narrow, river canyons such as the North Fork and Mainstem Wild and Scenic Malheur Rivers, or special places such as the Cedar Grove Botanical Area. Some of the trails are perfect for a short, family, day hike with opportunities to learn about the history and ecology of the area. Some trails are barrier-free; some offer extended backpacking opportunities.
Examples of Forest Maps

Map purchase:  Form of payment. 

For more information please contact the office nearest you. 

John Day:  541-575-3000

Prairie City Ranger District: 541-820-3800

Emigrant Creek Ranger District, Hines OR.: 541-573-4300. 



Please recreate responsibily, there is no garbage service on the Malheur National Forest, if you pack it in with you, please pack it out.  

Beginning July 29 at 8 am, all Malheur National Forest offices will temporarily close to walk in service due to the recent uptick in COVID cases and the new CDC guidelines.   

We will continue to have virtual services available as we have for the past 16 months.  Visitors can call to make an appointment for the sale of maps, passes, and permits. 

Once you arrive for your appointment, our employees will meet you at the door. If you have a cell phone, please call the office when you arrive, numbers are listed below.  If you do not have a cell phone, please be on time for your appointment.

 You will need to bring some things with you to the door.   

Economic Activity From The Malheur 10-Year Stewardship Contract: 2015–2017

In September of 2013, the US Forest Service awarded a 10-year stewardship contract for restoration work on Malheur National Forest. The contract’s goals were to promote ecological restoration, reduced wildfire risk, and economic vitality in Grant and Harney counties. Review a fact sheet about The Malheur 10-Year Stewardship Contract.

Recent News


Green Dot Travel Management

Beginning August and September, Green Dot Motorized Use Restrictions will be in effect for 6 different Travel Management Areas (TMAs) on the Malheur National Forest.

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