Last updated: October 7, 2020
The spread of Covid-19 created a widespread closure of public lands and recreational facilities across the country. Here’s a summary of the current closures in place for land management agencies in Oregon’s high desert.
As outdoor spaces reopen, please be sure to be thoughtful and recreate responsibly by continuing to keep social distancing, wash your hands vigorously and frequently, and knowing what’s open and closed before you head out. For additional guidance, see recreateresponsibly.org
Note: As of July 1, 2020, Oregon state is requiring people ages 12 and older in Oregon to don a mask whenever they’re in a public indoor space. As of July 15, face coverings are also required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.
As we are in fire season, please be mindful of fire bans. Open flame fires, including charcoal grills, are prohibited in most areas. Avoid all spark-producing activities including driving over dry vegetation. Use this map of fire restrictions to zoom in on your destination and check restrictions before you head out. Check for active fires and area closures from the following sources. Oregon Department of Forestry updates a map of active fires in the state, and InciWeb tracks large fires nationally. Central Oregon Fire Info provides detailed updates on local fires. Interagency dispatch centers in Burns, Vale, and Lakeview keep track of fires of all sizes in southeastern Oregon.
Due to fire closures, you may need to modify recreation plans. Fires have caused highway closures of OR 22 and OR 242 among others, check this link for current road conditions. Some forest areas are also under closure orders, linked in their respective sections below, please support firefighting and recovery operations by not traveling into closure areas.