Priest Hole

Recreation Area - Oregon

For a rustic overnight stay deep in eastern Oregon, let your tires roll past the Painted Hills-one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders-and drive deep into John Day River Territory to the Priest Hole Recreation Site. Although primitive, camping here lands you in the middle of the Wild and Scenic John Day River, designated for scenery, recreation, fish, wildlife, and geologic values. Camping is allowed everywhere, including on the gravel bar northeast of Priest Hole, where you sleep to the gurgle of the river and stepping out of your tent or trailer lands your foot in the water.

maps

Map of the Sutton Mountain Back Country Byway near Sutton Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA), Pats Cabin Wilderness Study Area (WSA) and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (NM) in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Sutton Mountain - Back Country Byway Map

Map of the Sutton Mountain Back Country Byway near Sutton Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA), Pats Cabin Wilderness Study Area (WSA) and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (NM) in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of Priest Hole Recreation Area (RA) on the John Day River about 12 miles from Mitchell, Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Priest Hole - Recreation Map

Map of Priest Hole Recreation Area (RA) on the John Day River about 12 miles from Mitchell, Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map 1 showing the section from Service Creek to Bridge Creek of the John Day Wild & Scenic River (WSR) in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).John Day River - 1 Service Creek

Map 1 showing the section from Service Creek to Bridge Creek of the John Day Wild & Scenic River (WSR) in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Map of John Day West North in the Central Oregon Protection District. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Central Oregon - John Day West North 2014

Map of John Day West North in the Central Oregon Protection District. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Map of Prineville Northeast in the Central Oregon Protection District. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.Central Oregon - Prineville Northeast 2015

Map of Prineville Northeast in the Central Oregon Protection District. Published by the Oregon Department of Forestry.

brochures

Brochure and Map of Priest Hole Recreation Area (RA) in the BLM Prineville District area in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).Priest Hole - Brochure and Map

Brochure and Map of Priest Hole Recreation Area (RA) in the BLM Prineville District area in Oregon. Published by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Priest Hole RA https://www.blm.gov/visit/priest-hole-recreation-site For a rustic overnight stay deep in eastern Oregon, let your tires roll past the Painted Hills-one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders-and drive deep into John Day River Territory to the Priest Hole Recreation Site. Although primitive, camping here lands you in the middle of the Wild and Scenic John Day River, designated for scenery, recreation, fish, wildlife, and geologic values. Camping is allowed everywhere, including on the gravel bar northeast of Priest Hole, where you sleep to the gurgle of the river and stepping out of your tent or trailer lands your foot in the water.
WILD ROGUE Welcome to Priest Hole Recreation Area! For a rustic overnight stay deep in eastern Oregon, let your tires roll past the Painted Hills…one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders…and drive deep into John Day River Territory to the Priest Hole Recreation Site. Although primitive, camping here lands you in the middle of the Wild and Scenic John Day River, designated for scenery, recreation, fish, wildlife and geologic values. Camping is allowed everywhere, including on the gravel bar northeast of Priest Hole, where you sleep to the gurgle of the river and stepping out of your tent or trailer lands your foot in the water. Know before you go Open YEAR ROUND but the rough road can make access difficult in winter. ACCESSIBILITY is primitive and not easily accessible for people with disabilities. no fEES for camping or floating the one-mile section around Priest Hole. There is one toilet; NO potable water, trash cans or campsite amenities. PETS ARE ALLOWED under owner control. Watch for rattlesnakes. Hunting/fishing licenses are required . Fire restrictions run June 1 – September 30 (liquid gas or propane only). directions Priest Hole is located on the John Day River about 12 miles from Mitchell, Oregon. From Prineville, head east on Highway 26 and turn north on Burnt Ranch Road toward the John Day Fossil Beds, Painted Hills Unit. Pass the Painted Hills and follow the gravel road for 3 miles. Take a right (uphill) at the junction of Priest Hole or Burnt Ranch Rec Sites. From there, take a left downhill, following the sign to Priest Hole. Contact info point of interest 3050 N.E. 3rd St. Prineville, OR 97754 541-416-6700 BLM_OR_PR_Mail@blm.gov Priest Hole is a local favorite for fishing and swimming. Stopping here is a natural part of a visit to the Painted Hills, Sutton Mountain Back Country Byway and eastern Oregon!

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