This campsite is primitive though provides the perfect get away from the city in what is considered 'Oregon's Backyard.' You can pull your vehicle right up to this spot within pine, Aspen, and juniper trees. There is an excellent view of the Milky Way every clear night. If your interested in river floating, or fishing you can do this only a few miles from the campsite at Sprague River. If you're coming from Nevada or California this is a perfect first stop experience in Oregon. The wildlife is diverse as well from the bird population to the migrating antelope, and if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of the wild horses that roam the area. Since this is a volcanic area there are numerous amounts of huge volcanic rocks that you can climb. Hiking is also plentiful in this area as it borders the Winema-Fremont national Forrest. There are plenty of dirt roads to take your atv's, and motor bikes on. In the winter snowfall is pretty heavy but great for winter sports.
To get here you take Sprague River road east from hwy 97 about 15 miles.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
The vibe at Oregon's Backyard Experience
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So this place is quite an amazing stay! I got a little lost trying to locate the property but the owners were kind enough to call and text with me to get me to the right spot. First off yes there is a dry creek that runs through the front of their property but I couldn't see it from my car until I had turned onto the property. Once on the property the driveway is really a "natural" one but once you follow the wheel marks up the the main flat you have a nice cleared spot for camping. The spot could fit a nice group of people and the views really are quite amazing out there (although I had a cloudy night so I missed out on most of the stars). Neighbors are far enough away that you cant see them but their dogs knew me and my pup were out there by all their barking. I really enjoyed my nights stay here and will gladly stay again on my next trip up. About an hour and a beautiful drive away from crater lake.
Overall, it was a good experience. The road in is a rough dirt road, but I made it in with my minivan, and we saw a little Nissan Versa going in and out a lot faster than I did. The directions there were decent, but I would suggest going into the map app and dropping a pin in the area that is shown on the web page and following the map directions. They give no address, just the street name. Look for the wooden duck on the fence pole and take a right. Given directions mention extra green near the entrance, but I suppose that is more help when everything else has had more time to die off, so pay attention to the map. There are no signs, but you will notice the tire tracks leading in. You will pass the neighbors, and a few abandoned structures, but you don't see much sign of neighbors from the campsite. There are plenty of good spaces for tents and cars. There are few rocks to move and the dirt smoothed easily. It was a bit dusty at the beginning of summer, but manageable. Pitching a tent required a little creativity, since we chose a spot with rock just a couple inches below the dirt. There was a good breeze that keeps you cool when the temperature starts rising. Trees offered some decent shade and better screening. While the surrounding area is private property, I don't think that anyone would complain if you took a hike through undeveloped and unoccupied land to explore all the nearby rock formations. The only real complaint I have is the previous campers trash was laying in a hard to ignore pile to the side of the biggest open space. Make sure you bring everything, because this place is remote. The area is sparsely populated. The skies are dark and the stars are bright. Wildlife is plenty. We started off using it as a base camp to look at properties in the surrounding areas. By the time we left, we were looking in this area. We'll probably be back to this campsite when we search the place a little deeper.