Skull Hollow Campground

Area Status: Open
Skull Hollow TH

Situated southeast of Haystack Reservoir, this campground offers views of Gray Butte and easy access to Skull Hollow Trailhead, the Gray Butte Trailhead, the Cole Loop Trail (#854),  and Smith Rock State Park.

View a map of Skull Hollow Campground.

View a vicinity map here.

*** There is a Closure Order prohibiting dispersed camping outside of the Skull Hollow campground. View a map of the closure area here. This closure is designed to help protect natural resources around the trailhead from overuse and to prevent conflict between campers and day users. Please observe the closure order and use the campground for camping in the vicinity of Skull Hollow trailhead.


  • 70 standard campsites
  • No hook-ups or dumping facilities
  • 1 wooden picnic table and 1 combination fire ring/grill per campsite
  • 3 vault outhouses for the campground
  • 1 informational signboard
  • On-site campground host


  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock climbing (Smith Rock State Park)
  • Hunting

At a Glance

Reservations: This facility managed through as third party concessionaire under permit. The popularity of Skull Hollow is largely dependent on weather. If you are unable to secure a space at the campground, there are other options available such as free dispersed camping in the area and camping at Smith Rock State Park, Bureau of Reclamation campgrounds at Haystack Reservoir and private campgrounds. For information regarding the concessionaire that operates this site please visit:
Area Amenities: Tent camping, Camping trailer, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Fees: Per night, per site fee: $15 single campsite/ $7 extra vehicle fee. $30 Double campsite. A single site allows 1 vehicle and 6 people. A double site allows 2 vehicles and 12 people. Any other vehicles more than 2 on a double site or more than 1 on a single site are subject to a $5 extra vehicle fee. One trailer or boat in tow is allowed as part of the first vehicle.  Double sites normally have 2 tables in them.
Open Season: March 15 - November 15 (weather permitting)
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit on all National Grassland and US Forest Service land including but not limited to campgrounds and other developed facilities. Additionally, the general area outside Skull Hollow campground is CLOSED to camping and fires within a ¼ mile of the road from the junction of FS 5710 and Lone Pine Road to the junction of County Roads 5710 and 5720.
Closest Towns: Madras, Oregon or Prineville, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Passes: 50% discount for single site camping with any of these passes: Interagency Senior, Interagency Access, Golden Age, or Golden Access. 
Operated By: Aud & Di Campground Operations (208) 270-0094
Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland
274 SW 4th Street
Madras, OR   97741 (541) 416-6640

General Information


From Madras, Oregon:

Travel south on Highway 97. 

Take Lone Pine Road and proceed east. 

Turn left onto Skull Hollow Road (County Road 5710). 

Skull Hollow campground will be on the left.

From Prineville, Oregon:

Travel north on Highway 26. 

Take Lone Pine Road and head south/west. 

Turn right onto Skull Hollow Road (County Road 5710). 

Skull Hollow Campground will be on the left.

General Notes:


For information regarding the concessionaire that operates this site please visit the web page  for Aud & Di Campground Services at:

For more information about rock climbing please visit the official Smith Rock State Park website at:

For fishing and hunting regulations please review the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife web page at:

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

70 standard campsites

One wooden picnic table and one combination fire ring/grill per campsite

Three vault outhouses

On-site campground host

RV Camping

RV camping is available, however there are no hook-ups or dumping amenities.


Camping trailer: Trailer space varies by campsite
Picnic tables: Each campsite has one picnic table
Tent camping: There is room for tent(s) at every campsite
Parking: Parking varies in campsites
Toilets: Vault Toilets (2)

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