Big Meadows Horse Camp

Area Status: Open
Big Meadows Corrals

Big Meadows Horse Camp is near the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Several miles of loop trails radiate from the campground through nearby forest areas.

The campground provides access to: Duffy Lake Trail (see trail page for trail loop options), Big Meadows Loop Trail, and Big Meadows Tie Trail

At a Glance

Reservations: No advance reservations. All sites are first come first serve.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
  • Campsites - $16 per night
  • Extra Vehicles - $6 per vehicle, per night
Campsite must be occupied every night paid. Download the mobile app prior to your trip so you can pay the overnight fee digitally onsite with Scan and Pay.  
Open Season: Open Year Round (weather dependent)
Usage: Medium
Best Season: September
Busiest Season: July - August
  • Camping is not allowed more than 14 days in a 60 day period.
  • Check-in time: 2:00 pm or later. Check-out time: 1:00 pm 
  • Use of chainsaws in the campground is prohibited
  • Dogs MUST be on leash at all times within the campground
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon (27 miles)
Idanha, Oregon (22.7 miles)
Sisters, Oregon (33 miles)
Water: Yes - Hand pump
Restroom: Vault Toilets (2)
Passes: Interagency Senior and Access Passes (and the Golden Age and Access Passes) may receive a 50% discount on the use fee for individual campsites. This discount does not apply to extra vehicle fee or multiple campsites.
Operated By: Willamette National Forest
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

General Information


From Detroit, Oregon, travel 25.6 miles east on State Highway 22 to Big Meadows Road (Forest Service Road 2267).

From Sisters, Oregon, head west on State Highway 126/ US Highway 20 for 31.5 miles to Big Meadows Road (Forest Service Road 2267)*. 

     *(Highway will merge and continue as State Highway 22 after 25.7 miles from Sisters).

Continue on Big Meadows Road (Forest Service Road 2267) for 0.9 miles to Forest Service Road 2257. Proceed on FS Road 2257 for 0.5 miles to Big Meadows Horse Camp.

General Notes:

Campground Map (georeferenced pdf)

  • Fire rings, firewood is available in the immediate camp area (any dead and down wood may be used)

Close to:

  • Mt. Jefferson - Maxwell Trail Area
  • Marion Forks Campground
  • Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

Read about camping rules, regulations and camping tips on our Camping Rules & Things to Know page.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Horse Camping

  • Maximum trailer length 36 feet
  • 4-stall corral, hitching rack, loading ramp
  • Stock water trough, well with hand pump
  • NO local forage available: carry weed-free certified hay
No. of Sites
  • 9 tent, auto, trailer sites
  • Maximum trailer length 36 feet
Reservation Info No reservations. Sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
No. of Accessible sites Compacted rock access routes

Horse Riding


Picnic tables:
Toilets: Vault
Drinking water:

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Know Before You Go

  • Weed Free Feed Required
    To help reduce the spread of invasive species, weed-free feed is required in all Pacific Northwest National Forests.


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3600 feet