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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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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. 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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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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Hosted by Bonnie L.Joined in April 2019
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43 ratings · 35 reviews
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Meredith H.recommends
November 15, 2023
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Great spot with beautiful views, and a decent amount of privacy. Easy to find in daylight at least, and I made it up the steep path effortlessly in a Subaru crosstrek. Clean, simple, enclosed toilet. Would definitely stay again!
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Max B.recommends
November 10, 2023
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Beautiful location. Love the proximity to the Painted Hills John Day Fossil Beds unit. Would 100% recommend in dry weather. It was a little inconvenient in wet weather because of the high clay content in the soil, and the clay stuck to my dog’s paw pads and was difficult to remove. Not the end of the world, but just a disclaimer for people considering this location in the off seasons. The sunrise was gorgeous, and loved the access to the trails. They had gravel down for the car and tent.
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Donnie W.recommends
October 12, 2023
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Good directions. Camp site as described, easy to find and good location approximately 5 miles from Mitchell OR
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Stephanie F.recommends
September 14, 2023
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Beautiful, quiet spot! Perfect place to land after a day exploring the national monument.
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Alan G.recommends
September 4, 2023
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Another great trip at Bonnie’s spot. Beautiful views. Look forward to the next one.
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Thomas B.recommends
September 4, 2023
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Amazing view.
Nice tidy spot with clean outhouse and with a spectacular view!!
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