In the Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, four free primitive campgrounds are managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. All are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Drinking water is only available at the Refuge Headquarters and Camp Hart Mountain; pit toilets are available at all campgrounds. Campfires are allowed only in designated fire rings at Hot Springs Campground and Camp Hart Mountain Campground, but bring your own firewood since it is not available to purchase and collecting is not allowed.
Hot Springs Campground, 4 miles south of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge headquarters
As the name implies, you’ll find a developed public hot springs for soaking here. There are 29 campsites; the springs holds six adults at a time. Season: year-round, although winter snows periodically close the campground road.
Camp Hart Mountain Campground, approximately 15 miles from Plush on the Hart Mountain Road
This campground sits right at the base of Hart Mountain; drinking water and picnic tables are available. Season: year-round.
Post Meadows Campground, Follow Blue Sky rd south from the refuge headquarters for about 14 miles.
This campground has a corral available for horses. Pellets or certified weed-free hay is required. Season: Dependent upon road access.
Guano Creek Campground,Follow Blue Sky rd south from the refuge headquarters for a little over 13 miles. Cross Guano Creek and keep right to stay on Barnhardi rd, campground is shortly after the gate.
A high-clearance vehicle is recommended to access the 11 sites found in this campground, which is open only during hunting season to accommodate extra campers. Season: August 1 to November 1
If you’d like a more backcountry adventure, backpacking is also an option. Permits are available at refuge headquarters or online. Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s website for current conditions, maps, and other useful information.
Camping is also allowed on the Bureau of Land Management lands in this region, but no developed campgrounds exist. For car camping, you can find plenty of open, remote spots along the dirt roads but you need to be self-sufficient and follow Leave No Trace principles. Backpacking is also an option on BLM land and no permit is required, but finding drinking water can be challenging. See our Oregon Desert Trail page for additional route ideas and information.
Lakeview is the largest town in the area and has a number of small inns and chain hotels. Visit this Lake County page for a list of several lodging options in the region.
Hart Mountain Cabin, located 1/4 mile from the center of Plush
This is the closest lodging near the refuge with a full bath and kitchen. It also has an unobstructed view of the Warner Valley and Hart Mountain. Call (541) 947-3322 for details.
Back of Beyond Cabins, located in the Warner Mountains 15 miles northeast of Lakeview, 1.5 miles off Highway 140
Two cabins available for rent, both with kitchens and one with a bathroom. They offer a discount for current ONDA members. Call (541) 947-5528 for reservations.