Idlewild Campground

Area Status: Open
Picnic shelter with multiple tables at Idlewild Campground

Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the1930's, Idlewild Campground is an easily accessible campground located just off of US Highway 395. The campground is lightly used and only becomes busy during the fall hunting season.  Please pack out what you pack in, there is no trash service provided at this campground.

The campground is a great place for those traveling through who would like a nice quiet place to camp that is easy to reach.

Printable map of trails in the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 12/08/2021: The campground is open. The water is off for the season. Visitors should be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions. Some roads become impassible due to snow, ice or mud during the winter months. Please be aware that bathrooms will not be cleaned every day. Pack it in/Pack it out- anything you bring with you into the forest, please take home with you. This includes packing out all trash, yours and others. Examples: cigarette butts, cans, bottles, and food. Please follow local and state health guidelines.
Rentals & Guides: Idlewild campground has a beautiful wood framed, open air pavilion which can be reserved by going to, or calling 1-877-444-6777.  The pavilion rents for $25.00 a day with a $9.00 service fee for the reservation. 
Fees: $10/Night for single unit, $5/Night for extra vehicle
Usage: Light
Restrictions: This campground can accomodate camp trailers 20 ft and under in length.
Closest Towns: Burns, OR
Water: Potable Water
Restroom: Vault Toilet Accessible (4)
Passes: Oregon State Sno-Park Permit is required from November 1st through April 30th. 
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Directions from Burns, OR., travel 2.8 miles on US Highway 20 to the junction with US Highway 395, turn left onto US Highway 395 and head north.  Follow US Highway 395 for approximately 14.6 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2820.  Continue on Forest Road 2820 for 0.8 miles to the junction with Idlewild Campground Road.  Follow Idlewild Road for approximately 1 mile to the campground.

General Notes:

Drinking water is available only during warmer months; water will be shut off from early to mid-October until mid to late May or early June depending on temperatures. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Mountain biking on area roads.

Areas for Mountain Biking at Idlewild Campground

Campground Camping

This campground is an excellent stop for travelers heading north or south on US Highway 395.  Enjoy a relaxing visit set amongst ponderosa pine trees. 

No. of Sites 22 single site(s), 3 double site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation Info Camp sites are not reservable.  The only area that is reservable is the  picnic shelter.
No. of Accessible sites 26

RV Camping

No. of Sites 19 single site(s), 3 double site(s), 1 20-50 people group site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
Pavement Type for Parking Native Material
Hookup - Water No
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Idlewild Campground

Group Picnicking

There is a large, accessible group picnic shelter that can accomodate up to 75 people.  The shelter can be reserved for $25.00 a day.  To make reservations please visit, or call 1-877-444-6777.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Winter sees the snowmobilers and cross-country skiers enjoying the many miles of groomed trails.

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Idlewild Campground


Winter sees the snowmobilers and cross-country skiers enjoying the many miles of groomed trails.  Sno-Park Permits are required from November 1st through April 30th.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



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