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Back Side of Painted Hills Camping

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· Mitchell, Oregon
320 acres
1 site
1 RV/Tent
This 320 acre plot of land on which you can hike anywhere has been in our family since 1993. In 9 years after paying off land, we built the home ourselves from a log home kit. Steve had been into solar power since the mid 1970's. We had to figure out the solar, battery array, heating, and communication. Prior to our purchase a lone cabin sat on the hill above the camp site for approximately sixty five years. We fenced and had Boer Goats until 2020. We do have free ranging chickens, who believe the property is theirs so we ask all campers to keep dogs under control. There is enough distance that it should not be a problem. Learn more about this land: Large graveled spot for tents or two vehicles with excellent view for miles and miles and night star gazing. 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.  As you drive in if at night, you will see a light on the outhouse.
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Mitchell, Oregon, United StatesTo 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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25 ratings · 19 reviews
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William P.recommends
September 19, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
First hipcamp booking, traveling through Eastern /central Oregon without a plan, enjoying what we are finding. Found Bonnie’s listing which fit our mid afternoon ETA. Good directions, a little steep gravel, probably wouldn’t bring a trailer of much length. Solo quiet site, functional outhouse and table which we moved our pop up camper to lower more level pad with best view. Stayed two nights, got rained on but no issues. Didn’t meet Bonnie but heard her up above on her deck. Highly recommend. If her eggs are at the advertised price, that is a good deal too.
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Heather A.recommends
September 11, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Peaceful camping and amazing view
Bonnie’s land is peaceful with an amazing view. The hill was steep so I would caution those with trailers, but there was plenty of room for our two vehicles, a VW Vanagon and a Rivian. There is a home up on the hillside but the campsite is far enough that there was plenty of privacy. And honestly the view is in the opposite direction and I couldn’t take my eyes off the landscape so I barely noticed it there.
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Jeanette P.
July 25, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
We ended up not being able to stay there overnight because the dirt road down to the actual campsite was too steep and narrow to accommodate our truck and 16 foot RV trailer. I had personally talked to Bonnie prior to making our reservation, so I expected it to be difficult. She assured me that our rig would be able to make it. We walked the road just to make a plan for entry, but determined that it would be dangerous to drive down. In addition, there wasn't an adequate area to turn around for an exit. The site would be fine for a small truck pulling a teardrop trailer, of a self contained small van.
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Carolyn H.recommends
July 17, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Beautiful, peaceful spot!! Great views and very private
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Shannon O.recommends
July 16, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Great spot and a beautiful view!
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Timothy T.recommends
June 24, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Quiet hideaway near Painted Hills
We had a really great time tent camping at Bonnie’s site. It was quiet and secluded. Having no noise or light pollution made the star gazing incredible! I will definitely be back.
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Alan G.recommends
June 21, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
What a great spot! Secluded, gorgeous views, basic amenities - a perfect spot to get away and unwind. Close to the Painted Hills and Fossil Beds, beautiful drive in every direction. 10/10
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Jeff C.recommends
June 17, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Terrific scenery. Bonnie's land is classic John Day country with a beautiful view of Black Butte. I also loved the off-trail hiking (which I wouldn't generally recommend to other campers since it's a scramble.) It would be good to know if the road beyond Bonnie's house is available for walking.
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Oleg K.recommends
May 30, 2022
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
We loved on with Bonnie's lands. The view are owesome! The camping site is easy to find and use.
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Miasha N.recommends
October 22, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Beautiful spot with fantastic hosts
Steve and Bonnie had a fantastic site. Beautiful views to start off the day. We ran into some trouble coming out as part of the drive down had turned to a mud pit. Steve spent his morning with a tractor and a jeep wrangler helping us get out of our precarious situation. It was more than we could have asked for and he and Bonnie went above and beyond to get us back on our way. Couldn’t recommend them more for the next time you visit the Painted Hills. Peter & Miasha
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Jennifer Z.recommends
September 25, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Great location to explore the area. Agree with other reviewers - easy directions, quiet, great views, nice setup!
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Sara G.recommends
September 8, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Incredible view! Super clear directions. The road to the campsite is a bit rough. I went up in my Prius and was a little worried it wouldn't make it, but it did!
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Tom F.recommends
September 2, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Amazing site!
Very quiet and beautiful! You arent too far from two houses higher in the hills which can provide a better sense of security. The light pollution is barely existent which provides amazing views of the stars. I highly recommend this site to anyone!
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Erin P.recommends
August 24, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Awesome!
We enjoyed the camp here and will definitely return! The views are gorgeous, and we felt isolated which is what we were looking for. Bonnie was quick to communicate, and we had no problems finding the space from the directions she gave.
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Kelly B.recommends
August 11, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Great view and stargazing.
Beautiful campsite with a great view. The picnic table and outhouse were great to have. Even though the owner's house is just up the hill, we still felt like we were isolated and never really noticed the people in the house. The grounds are beautiful, I highly recommend walking around. The stargazing was spectacular.
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Tess R.recommends
August 6, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Quiet & Peaceful!
This site was a perfect stop on our road trip! Like some fellow reviewers, typically we opt to find free camping out on BLM or National Forest land, but we couldn't have been happier with our choice to stay at this spot by the Painted Hills in Mitchell, Oregon. It saved us the searching and uncertainty at the end of a long day of driving, but the best part was the solitude and remoteness of this high desert campsite. It's located up a dirt mountain road, where we saw some wild bunnies and not one other person! The directions were very helpful and clear so that we were able to find the site without any additional help. The composting toilet on site was GREAT. We had been camping for many nights at this point in our trip, and having an outhouse was quite a luxury. It was super clean and the hosts kindly hand sanitizer/TP/etc! The lovely picnic table was also perfect for cards that evening and coffee in the morning, all while looking out at the desert mountains and birds. We so enjoyed the quiet and peace of this place and recommend to anyone visiting the Painted Hills or needing a stop-over in central Oregon.
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Shannon H.recommends
July 3, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
A quiet, safe spot to camp
Normally I stay out in the forest or on BLM lands. This trip I was heading out alone and wanted a spot reserved that I knew I wouldn’t have to hunt for. I do not like campgrounds so tried this- it was great! I was happy knowing no one would be camped here when I arrived. The camp site was clean and had new gravel down. Even though there is a house on the hill in full view, the sounds of the birds and coyote at night combined with the juniper and sage brush reminded me I am still out in central Oregon nature! It felt very safe up the private, gated dirt road. I brought my FJ Cruiser, RTT and my own portable Cleanwaste “outhouse”. I’d love to stay again sometime.
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Allison C.recommends
June 10, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Great overnight spot!
Great spot to stay for the night! Secluded and beautiful.
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Ashley B.recommends
June 3, 2021
Back Side of Painted Hills Camping
Very cool camp spot! Beautiful view, safe & remote, especially since we were new to exploring the area. The road was steep, but totally worth it for the view! Very windy while we were there, but the air was scented with juniper & sage brush and was lovely!
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