Bandit Springs Sno-Park and Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Bandit Springs Sno-Park

Bandit Springs Sno-Park is located off of Highway 26 and provides access to the most diverse network of cross-country ski/ snowshoe trails on the Ochoco National Forest. 
The trail ratings range from Easy to Most Difficult and therefore offer great opportunities for visitors of any skill level. This sno-park is ideal for cross-country skiing enthusiasts who prefer easy access, decently maintained roads and few encounters with other visitors.  
In the warmer seasons this trailhead can also be used for short day hikes or mountain bike rides which are perfect for stretching out the legs as a break from a long drive. 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: As of May 22, 2020, this site is OPEN
Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Permit Info: All Sno-Parks on the Ochoco National Forest require a valid Oregon State Sno-Park Permit from November 15 through April 30.  Permits may be purchased in Prineville at the DMV Office and at Bi-Mart. When a Sno-Park Permit is purchased, the fees help pay for the road plowing that allows access to the Sno-Parks. Oregon also honors Sno-Park Permits from Idaho, Washington, and California. Please display a valid pass on the dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of your visit.  Thank you!
Closest Towns: Prineville, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: State
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Head east for approximately 27 miles on Highway 26.

This site is located on the left side of the road one mile west of the Ochoco Divide Summit, about half a mile north of Marks Creek Sled Hill and about 3/4 mile south of Ochoco Divide Sno-Park.

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Day Hiking

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In the summer months the trails associated with the Sno-Park can be hiked.  As the trails wind through the pine forest you can choose the length of your adventure because there are several junctions which in turn gives you lots of options.


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Picnic tables There are a few picnic tables at the trailhead.
Interpretive Site Information signs are located near the restrooms
Toilets Vault Toilets (2) shared with the Rest Stop
Parking Parking is available at the turnout
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