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Back Side of Painted Hills Camping

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· Mitchell, Wheeler, Oregon
320 acres hosted by Bonnie L.
1 RV/tent site
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Amazing views
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This 320 acre plot of land on which you can hike anywhere has been in our family since 1993. Large, graveled spot for tents or two vehicles with excellent view for miles and miles and night star gazing. Primitive outhouse. Juniper forest with sage brush... basically high desert vegetation. We only allow one reservation per night, although there is lodging (reserved) at the log home almost out of sight up above you. You can arrange vehicles or tents to not be in view or block any view from house way above. 320 acres to hike and roam. Mitchell is 10 miles away with well stocked grocery and feed store, restaurants, small brewery, and tire shop. We give directions fairly quickly. Road is wide, but steep at top. 4 wheel drive is recommended. Very close to the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National monument, Ochoco National Forest is seven miles. John Day River for swimming, rafting about 20 minutes. If you can book, it means you can drive on up with out contacting us.  As you drive in if at night, you will see a light on the outhouse.This graveled spot with outhouse for tents or two vehicles with excellent view for miles and miles and night star gazing. This site is not for large RVs. Small units such as Scamps or Pick up campers are fine. Juniper forest with sage brush... basically high desert vegetation. We only allow one reservation per night, although there is lodging (reserved) at the log home almost out of sight up above you. 320 acres to hike and roam. Mitchell is 10 miles away with well stocked grocery and feed store, restaurants, small brewery and tire shop. We give directions immediately and are on ranch for emergencies, questions, etc. Dirt Road is wide, but steep at top. 4 wheel drive is recommended. Very Close to the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National monument, Ochoco National Forest is seven miles. John Day River for swimming, rafting about 20 minutes. If you can book, it means you can drive on up with out contacting us. Booking should give you address. Stay to the right after leaving hwy 26 and go through green gate. Up one mile, stop at cattle guard, ease forward. Ranch house is straight ahead on up hill; but you want to look to the right. Take that drive way to camp site. As you drive in if at night, you will see a light on the outhouse at the site itself also. To star gaze, cover light with a blue rag inside composting toilet.
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Riley E.recommends
July 15, 2024
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Beautiful camping experience!
We had a wonderful experience tent camping on Bonnie's beautiful property. The view was incredible - especially at sunrise and sunset. In the summertime, there is not very much shade until about 7:00 PM - so I'd recommend bringing something to create extra shade or planning your day so you are at camp when there's shade. Bonnie was communicative and gave us good directions - we had no problem finding or getting to the campsite. We were in the area to see the Painted Hills, which were just a 25 minute drive from the site. Would also recommend swinging by the town of Mitchell for a beer at Tiger Town. Overall a great experience. Highly recommend!
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Diego M.recommends
July 3, 2024
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Beautiful views and well maintained site Friendly folks
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Nadia T.
June 29, 2024
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Not what we expected. On arrival the outhouse was covered in rat poop, there was garbage everywhere. Amazing views but beware you really need a 4wheel drive to get to the campsite.
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Rachel E.recommends
June 24, 2024
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Hidden Gem
Bonnie’s land was beautiful! Our crew had a great time. We got our pop-up camper up the road no problem with our pickup. The star gazing was fantastic. The trees around the campsite helped to provide shade. We had 6 kids ranging in age from 1-8 years old. They enjoyed hiking around the property and watching the cows. It was a great spot to stay during our Painted Hills visit. We also enjoyed Tiger Town Brewing. Thank you, Bonnie!
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Cody S.recommends
June 11, 2024
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Don't hesitate just book it!
Loved seeing the wildlife of the high desert! Saw a lizard and snake immediately. How cool. The view was incredible! Especially at night! Talk about stargazing!
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Mary G.recommends
June 10, 2024
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
I wasn’t able to visit Bonnie’s campsite due to a scheduling conflict on my end, but I look forward to visiting in the future. Bonnie was great to communicate with.
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Mitchell, Wheeler, Oregon, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Nüümü (Northern Paiute), Tenino, and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Joined in April 2019
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