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Black Canyon Wilderness Click for more information

It is quite a drive to access Black Canyon Wilderness and consequently there is very low visitation, so if you are looking for a true solitude experience this is a VERY good option.  Black Canyon Trail (#820) is just over 12 miles in length, and follows Black Canyon Creek most of the way, which means that water can be easily acquired on backpacking excursions.  There are a variety of options to vary the lengths of your trip from a couple of days to over a week.  Some roads outside the wilderness can be used to link trails together and make a loop instead of an out-and-back trip.

Bridge Creek Wilderness Click for more information

The lack of trails in this wilderness area may make traveling with a pack challenging, however the complete solitude may make up for it.  There are a couple of creeks in this wilderness area so water may be available.

Central Oregon  
 
Coffeepot Trail (#820B)
 
Crooked River National Grassland Click for more information

Many of the trails on the Crooked River National Grassland can be short out-and-back day hikes, or linked to other trails to make longer outtings.  Dispersed and backcountry camping is allowed near trails as long as it is not within a closure area.  Please be sure to practice Leave No Trace principles when camping in a non-developed area.

Giddy-Up Go Loop Trail (#830) Click for more information

The length of the entire loop trail is 12.70 miles which is a pretty long hike for most people.  That being said there are no designated camp spots along the trail, however camping along the way is an option.  The Forest Service asks that those who do decide to camp along the trail be concious of their environmental impact and practice Leave No Trace principles to the best of their abilities.

Hammer Creek Trail (#840) Click for more information

Backpacking is an option for this trail due to its length.  You may select your own dispersed campsite, but if you do please be mindful of other visitors and practice Leave-No-Trace principles.

Independent Mine Trail (#808) Click for more information

Independent Mine Trail (#808) can access a few other trails and therefore makes a good starting point for an adventure in the Backcountry.  The trails you may choose to link up with are Line Butte (#807), Lookout Mountain (#804), or Mother Lode Mine (#808A).

Keeton Trail (#815)
 
Line Butte Trail (#807)  
 
Lookout Mountain Trail (#804)   Click for more information
A shelter is located at the top of Lookout Mountain.
Mill Creek Wilderness Click for more information

The three trails through Mill Creek Wilderness can be hiked as out-and-back adventures or visitors can elect to leave vehicles at different trailheads to make a one-way adventure.  Either way this wilderness area is close to town and great for an overnight or weekend get away.

Ochoco Mountain Trail (#823)  
 
Ochoco NF-Maury Mountains Area  
 
Ochoco NF-Ochoco East - Paulina Area
 
Ochoco NF-Ochoco West - Prineville Area  
 
Owl Creek Trail (#820A)
 
Scotty Creek Trail (#838)  
 
South Prong Trail (#821) Click for more information

In the summer of 2002, the 747 Fire burned through much of the Black Canyon Wilderness. Some of the most intense burning occurred in the South Prong canyon, and will be apparent to visitors for some years to come. Stabilization and repair of fire and suppression damage to the trail is continuing. Be alert for loose footing, holes, and falling snags.

Twin Pillars Trail (#832) Click for more information

This trail receives fairly heavy use, especially during the summer months.  Cattle are  allowed to graze in this area.  The highlight of this trail is the contrast between the thick stream vegetation and the ponderosa pine forest, as well as views of the Twin Pillars, which are 200 foot tall volcanic plugs that dominate the landscape. 

Wildcat Trail (#833)
 

Area Name Status Short Description
Central Oregon Click for more information

Mountain Biking on Peterson Ridge Whether you are looking for an easy afternoon ride or challenging chain-breaking opportunity, central Oregon is the place to go mountain biking.  Our mountain biking trails will give you a range of experiences to take you from “Awe” to “AHHH.”

Just remember, many of these trails are used by hikers and horseback riders so please make sure to think of your safety and the safety of others as you travel.


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Central Oregon Click for more information

The Crooked River National Grassland, along with the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests have several areas you can hunt for Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Cougar and Rocky Mountain Elk. Hunting opportunities for Black Bear are limited due to the amount of known populations.  

A variety of maps are available at the local Forest Service Offices.

For information on hunting areas and regulations, you may refer to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/index.asp

Large Male Elk or Wapiti (Cervus canadensis)

Large Male Elk or Wapiti (Cervus canadensis)

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Antelope Flat Reservoir
 
Central Oregon  
 
Crooked River National Grassland Click for more information

Haystack Reservoir offers opportunities for motorized boating and other water related recreation.

Haystack Reservoir
 
Haystack Reservoir Campground and Day Use Area

One concrete boat ramp

Haystack South Shore Group Campground
 
Haystack West Shore Campground and Day Use Area

Boat ramp

Lake Billy Chinook
 
Ochoco NF-Ochoco West - Prineville Area
 
Walton Lake
 
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Central Oregon  
 
Haystack Reservoir
 
Haystack Reservoir Campground and Day Use Area
 
Haystack South Shore Group Campground
 
Haystack West Shore Campground and Day Use Area
 
Ochoco NF-Maury Mountains Area  
 
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Central Oregon Click for more information

A map of the four reservable cabins in the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests


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Cold Springs Guard Station Click for more information

Overnight Lodging at a historic structure in the vicinity of Big Summit Prairie.

Ochoco NF-Ochoco West - Prineville Area  
 
Ochoco Ranger Rental House Click for more information

This historic cabin is located centrally to allow for many recreational activities including: Hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, nature viewing, fishing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and more.

For those interested in plants and wildlife: Big Summit Prairie is located to the east of the Ochoco Ranger Station and offers spectacular wildflowers in the spring and early summer. A representative cross-section of the flora can be seen including Wild Peony, Camas, White Wyethia, Peck's Mariposa Lily and Mountain Ladys-slipper.  The variety of wildflowers also attracts various bird and herd animals.

For those interested in exploring:  The 8 mile Lookout Mountain Trail #804 begins at Ochoco Ranger Station and climbs to the top of Lookout Mountain (6,900 feet elevation).

Nearby Walton Lake, a developed recreation site, is located about 7 miles northeast of Ochoco Ranger Station offers an easy hike around the lake that also connects with the more difficult 9.5 mile Round Mountain Trail

Winter enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Walton Sno-Park is located just past Walton Lake offers cross country ski trails and snowmobile routes (an Oregon State Sno-Park permit is required). 

In short, no matter what time of year you stay at the Ochoco Ranger Rental you are sure to get a relaxing escape as well as plenty of opportunities for adventure!

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Antelope Flat Reservoir Campground and Day Use Click for more information

This campground sees moderate use in the early spring and over holiday weekends.  Most of the time there are at least a few campsites available.  The forested setting just above the reservoir can make for a quiet and peaceful vacation whether it's for a day, a week, or longer.  Please be advised that this IS a fee operated campground and the nightly fee includes only one vehicle, if your party has more there is a small nightly fee for each extra vehicle as well.

Barnhouse Campground Click for more information

This campground has 6 campsites that each have a picnic table and combination fire pit/grill.  Parking spurs vary in size so any site can accommodate tent camping, but some may not be able to accommodate RV camping.

Big Spring Campground Click for more information

There are 5 campsites of various sizes available in this campground.  Each campsite has one picnic table and one fire pit/grill.

Biggs Springs Campground Click for more information

This tiny campground offers 3 campsites, two of which are next to each other and adjacent to the bathroom, and the third is across from the entrance.  Each campsite should have a picnic table and fire pit/grill.  

Bingham Springs Campground Click for more information

This tiny campground has four campsites, each shaded by the pine trees surrounding the facility.  Parking spurs are not very long here, so single vehicles will do best.  Each campsite should have one picnic table and one fire pit/grill. 

Central Oregon  
 
Cottonwood Campground Click for more information

This campground has 7 established campsites, each which can accommodate tent camping and most which can also support RV camping.

Cottonwood Pit Campground Click for more information

This campground has a large parking area associated with it, so it can accommodate several vehicles, thought there are only 3 established campsites.  There is ample room to place tents, campers, recreational vehicles and other luxury camping items to make the already impacted areas comfortable to your standards.  Please remember to bring all your portable amenities with you when you leave and please do not construct any new features at this developed site.  Thank you.

Crooked River National Grassland Click for more information

There are four standard campgrounds and one reservable group campground on the Crooked River National Grassland that offer ammenities from horse corrals to drinking water depending on the facility.

Deep Creek Campground Click for more information

This campground has 14 campsites, most of which are in close proximity to the river.  Parking spurs vary at each campsite so be sure to choose one that can fit your vehicle(s).  Each campsite also has a picnic table, fire pit/grill and plenty of room for tents.  This campground is usually half full or less, so you should be able to choose between a couple of different campsites when you come.

Double Cabin Campground Click for more information

Each campsite comes with a picnic table and combination fire ring/ grill.  Parking spurs vary in length and can accommodate trailers, though the turnaround points can be narrow so approach sites cautiously.

Elkhorn Campground Click for more information

This campground has 5 campsites, however if you come here in spring or early summer a couple of the campsites could be pretty grown over by grass. Trailers have an easier time here than they do at the other free campgrounds in the Maury Mountains because of the wider loop and because one of the campsites is a pull-through.

Frazier Campground Click for more information

This campground has ten campsites and can accommodate tents, trailers and recreational vehicles.  There are not any developed recreational activities around this campground, so it is best used for a relaxing time with friends, family and other loved ones.

Haystack Reservoir Campground and Day Use Area Click for more information

24 standard campsites

On-site campground host

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

Two horseshoe pits

Haystack West Shore Campground and Day Use Area Click for more information

14 standard campsites

One picnic table and combination fire ring/grill per campsite

On-site campground host

Ochoco Divide Campground Click for more information

Most visitors arrive late in the evening and continue on their trip the following morning, so the area is very quiet during the day.

Ochoco Forest Campground Click for more information

There are 5 campsites available on a first come, first served basis.

Ochoco NF-Maury Mountains Area  
 
Ochoco NF-Ochoco East - Paulina Area  
 
Ochoco NF-Ochoco West - Prineville Area  
 
Salters Cabin Horse Camp Click for more information

This is a small campground and is best suited for folks with a large trailer or recreational vehicles.  

Scotts Campground Click for more information

This is a small campground with only 3 campsites and is best suited for tent camping, as turning a trailer around within the facility may prove to be quite difficult.

Skull Hollow Campground Click for more information

28 standard campsites

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

Two vault outhouses

On-site campground host

Skull Hollow Trailhead
 
Sugar Creek Campground and Day Use Area Click for more information

There are 17 total campsites located at this facility, three of which meet some of the ADA compliance objectives of the Forest Service.  Parking spur lengths vary by site, so since this is a first come, first served facility you should come early to make sure you get a site you can fit into.

Walton Lake Campground Click for more information

Walton Lake has a mix of single family campsites available some that are ideal for tents and others that are ideal for RV camping.  Hook-up amenities are not offered.  Some sites can be reserved in advance through Recreation.gov, while others are managed on a first come, first served basis.

Whistler Campground Click for more information

There are 4 campsites in this campground though their boundaries are not well defined.  Each campsite should have one picnic table and one fire pit/grill, though they have a tendency to be stolen.  If amenities are missing please let our office know.

White Rock Campground Click for more information

There are 3 campsites of various sizes located in this campground.  Each campsite has room for tent camping, and comes with a picnic table and a fire pit/grill.  Only one of the campsites could accommodate a recreational vehicle or trailer though.

Wildcat Campground and Day Use Area Click for more information

This campground offers 17 campsites, most of which are located adjacent to the East Fork of Mill Creek.  All campsites have room for tents as well as coming with a picnic table and a fire pit/grill.

Wildwood Campground Click for more information

Each of the 5 campsites here have plenty of room for tent accomodations.  Campsites also come with a picnic table, fire pit/grill and various sizes of parking spurs.

Wiley Flat Campground Click for more information

This campground has a variety of campsites, some with HUGE parking spurs.  Since the campground straddles the creek it can be used for stock water, however the Forest Service does not monitor the water nor make any claim that the water is safe for human consumption. The creek is surrounded by a small riparian environment that extends out into an open forest of large pine and fir trees, giving a serene background trickle to the quiet forest environment.

Wolf Creek Campground Click for more information

There are 16 campsites total associated with this facility located on both sides of FS Road 42 and fees apply to all areas. Each campsite has room for at least one vehicle and tent camping.


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Central Oregon Click for more information

Want to camp with your horse? Please go to Horse Camping.


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Central Oregon Click for more information

Lava River CaveThe Deschutes National Forest has more than 350 caves. To protect sensitive cave resources, some caves have seasonal or year-round closures. If you have cave access questions, please call the Deschutes NF at 541-383-4785.

Detailed access information: Public Cave Access

Help Us Prevent White-Nose Syndrome from Killing our Bats in Central Oregon


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Central Oregon Click for more information

Throughout the Central Oregon area there are many opportunities for mountain and rock climbing adventures. 

There are various rock formations on the Crooked River National Grassland that provide an entertaining challenge for those who like to boulder.  More gear intensive climbing opportunities can be found just outside the grassland at Smith Rock State Park

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