Primitive camping can be found throughout the National Forest lands. If you’re looking to camp with a few more amenities, we’ve listed a few of our favorite campgrounds in the area below.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park, 15 miles from Wasco, Oregon on Highway 206
This beautiful 8,000-acre park offers 21 primitive sites for tents and self-contained RVs, and seven hiker/biker camp with seven sites that are available first-come, first-served basis. Please note: This park was established 2013; some online mapping services may not show the park name or location, and older reference materials will not have it listed. Season: year-round.
Mitchell City Park, downtown Mitchell, Oregon
Located along Bridge Creek, this park offers various tent camping possibilities, as well as four RV spots, on a soft grass lawn. Within walking distance of the restaurants and other amenities, this well-maintained park is frequented by cyclists. Contact (541) 462-3121 with questions. Season: year-round.
Shelton Wayside Park and Campground, 13 miles southeast of Fossil, Oregon on Highway 19
This open, ponderosa-filled park offers 34 sites, ranging in size from small to huge. Bring cash to pay for your site via an “iron ranger.” No reservations, no hook-ups or sewer for RVs and trailers. Contact (541) 763-2010. Season: mid-April to mid-October
Bear Hollow Park and Campground, 7 miles southeast of Fossil along Highway 19
Situated at 2,250′ elevation, this 20-site park with 20 sites is scented by the ponderosa pines and true firs that surround it and deer wander through the nearby meadows. No reservations, no hook-ups or sewer for RVs and trailers. Potable water only. Learn more at the Wheeler County Courthouse and Jeanne E. Burch Building or by calling (541) 763-2010. Season: year-round
The Oregon Hotel: 108 E Main St, Mitchell OR
Simple dorms and rooms, some with shared bathrooms, in a quaint 1930s hotel that serves free breakfast. Learn more at theoregonhotel.net or call (541) 462-3027.
The Skyhook Motel, 101 US-26, Mitchell, OR
Learn more at skyhookmotel.com or call (541) 462-3569.
Spoke’n Hostel: 300 US-26, Mitchell
This is a beautifully rustic donation-based hostel for cyclists and adventurers. Learn more at spokenhostel.org or call (541) 462-3333.
The Painted Hills Vacation Rentals, Mitchell
Learn more at www.paintedhillsvacation.com or call (541) 462-3921.
Hyatt House Bed and Breakfast: 828 Main Street, Fossil
Learn more at Hyatthousebnb.com or call (541) 763-2151
Bridge Creek Flora Inn: 828 Main St. Fossil
Call (541) 763-2355
Service Creek Lodge, at the junction of Highways 19 and 207
Learn more at www.servicecreek.com or call (541) 468-3331.
Wilson Family Ranches Retreat, Fossil
Learn more at wilsonranchesretreat.com or call (541) 763-2227.
Hotel Condon, 202 S. Main Street, Condon, OR
Learn more at hotelcondon.com or call (541) 384-4624.