Welcome to Malheur National Forest

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 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.

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Starting September 22, the Malheur National Forest will be at Phase B of Public Use Restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level of II.  The North Zone (Blue Mountain and Prairie City Ranger Districts) will be at a Moderate Fire Danger while the South Zone (Emigrant Creek Ranger District) will remail at High Fire Danger.  Please use caution while recreating on the forest. 

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.   

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.

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. 


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.


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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