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OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
CHRISTMAS VALLEY SAND DUNES
JUNIPERS CAMP
LATITUDE: N 4321.184
LONGITUDE: W 12023.160
Elevation: 4300'
(GPS from Junipers Camp Information Board)
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes are the largest
inland shifting sand dune system in Oregon
and the Pacific Northwest.

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

16,440 acres were designated as the
Sand Dunes Wilderness Study Area
in 1981.

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Over 11,000 acres of bare sand dunes
are open to OHVs.

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Junipers Camp
Junipers Camp

Junipers Camp is primitive camping area
near Christmas Valley Sand Dunes.

Junipers Camp
Junipers Camp

Junipers Camp
Junipers Camp

Junipers Camp
Junipers Camp

We used to camp here as kids and you
might not see another person. These days
are more people and it could get crowded
on summer weekends.

Junipers Camp Road
Road at Junipers Camp

Information Board at Junipers Camp
Information Board at Junipers Camp

No facilities, except for portable toilets
on Memorial Day weekend.

No garbage Collection
No Garbage Collection

Bring your own firewood
Gathering of any wood in the Lost Forest
or Sand Dunes is prohibited.

Junipers Camp
Marker Post at Junipers Camp

Road 6151 Towards Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Road 6151 Towards the Sand Dunes

LATITUDE: N 4321.332
LONGITUDE: W 12027.388
(GPS from Sand Dunes Information Board)

A Path to the Past
A Path to the Past
10,000 Years of Homesteading

Map at the Information Board on Highway 140
Map at the Information Board on Highway 31

Map at the Sand Dunes Information Board
Map at the Sand Dunes Information Board

Camp in Designated Sites Only

No gathering or cutting firewood in
the Lost Forest and Sand Dunes
- You must bring your own or buy firewood.
- Firewood is for sale in Christmas Valley at Valley Foods

Bureau of Land Management
1301 South G Street
Lakeview, OR 97630
541-947-2177
www.or.blm/gov/lakeview

Wilderness study areas are public lands that are
identified as having wilderness characteristics:
• minimum size of 5000 acres of contiguous land
• roadless
• possess outstanding opportunities for solitude
or for primitive and unconfined types of recreation.

Sand Dunes Road
Sand Dunes Road
Road# 6151 at Information Kiosk

There are several camp areas near the
Sand Dunes and the Lost Forest.

DIRECTIONS:
From LaPine, OR
Take Hwy 31 South
See maps above...

Junipers Camp Road
Road towards Junipers Camp
It is about 1/4 mile to Junipers Camp and the
road is not as bad as it looks. Would avoid in
bad weather.

ROAD CONDITIONS:
Some paved and gravel roads.
Spur roads to the Sand Dunes
are narrow and rough. You will
have to decide the risk factor.
RVs not recommended

Drinking water at Christmas Valley Library

PHOTO HERE
Osprey??? on power lines near Fossil Lake

WILDLIFE:
Have seen deer by the hundreds.
Be careful driving at night

Saw a brown bear on Road#24
(Near the junction of Hwy.31)
Saw a bobcat on Highway 31 / MP 4

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
Shovel, ax, and 5 gallons of water may be required
Leather gloves and fire extinguisher recommended.

Road 5-14C
Road 5-14C


Sign at Fossil Lake

FOSSIL LAKE
LATITUDE: N 4319.977
LONGITUDE: W 12028.780
ELEVATION: 4289'
(GPS from sign at end of 5 Acre Road)
From Christmas Valley take Road 5-14
Take Fossil Lake Road 8 miles
Take Road 5-14E for 2 miles
Take 5 Acre Road for 1 1/4 mile
About 5 minute walk to Fossil Lake

Fossil Lake
Fossil Lake
Normally this is a dry lake, but after heavy rains
there area areas of water. Photo taken at sunset,
just as the sun was disappearing over the horizon.
(This pool of water is only about 100' across, but
with proper camera angles it looks like a real lake)

Snail Fossil
Fossil at Fossil Lake

Fossil Lake has been important for scientific
study since 1877 when fossils were first collected
here. Paleontologists have identified 23 species of
mammals, 74 species of birds, 6 species of fish,
and 6 species of mollusk from their fossils. These
fossils are from 10,000 to 2,000,000 years old
(Pleistocene Era) creatures which lived here included
horses, camels, ground sloths, mammoths, flamingos,
pelicans, swans, salmon, and snails.
This area was the bottom of ancient Fort Rock Lake, a
vast lake 200 feet deep when the climate became more arid.
The lake dried up animals that swam in the lake and walked
the shores remain today as the fossils which gave the area
it's name.
To protect these fragile remains the Bureau Of Land
Management has closed 6,540 acres to all vehicles.
Please comply with the closure and help protect this
irreplaceable legacy. You are welcome to explore on
foot, but the antiquities act of 1906 prohibits the
collection of fossils to preserve scientific values.

Powerlines across Fossil Lake
Power lines across Fossil Lake
It is getting more impossible to take nature
photos without power lines.


Are these piles from people sifting the soil for fossils?
You take a shovel full of soil and sift it through a screen.
These days it is illegal to collect fossils...

Tracks
Eagle or Osprey Tracks???

PHOTO HERE
Christmas Valley Store

Crack In The Ground
Crack In The Ground

Crack In The Ground
Crack In The Ground

Crack In The Ground
LATITUDE: N 4319.960
LONGITUDE: W 12040.275
From the parking area it is about 1/4 mile to
Crack In The Ground. Just as the name implies
there is Crack In The Ground. A trail takes
you inside the Crack In The Ground
Not suitable for persons with claustrophobia
It is moderately difficult with only a couple places
you need to use caution. During winter months
after snowing, it will take longer to melt because
the trail is always in the shade.

Crack In the Ground Parking Area
Crack In the Ground Parking Area
Viewed from Road 6109D

Green Mountain Lookout
Green Mountain Lookout
LATITUDE: N 4323.204
LONGITUDE: W 12043.499
Elevation: 5230'

GREEN MOUNTAIN CAMPGROUND
LATITUDE: N 4323.160
LONGITUDE: W 12043.370
Elevation: 5160'

Dispersed Camp
Dispersed Camp on Road 5-12B
LATITUDE: N 4325.020
LONGITUDE: W 12047.060
Near the Jct. of Road 5-12 and Road 6109

Dispersed Camp
Dispersed Camp on Road 5-12B
LATITUDE: N 4325.020
LONGITUDE: W 12047.060

Dispersed Camp
Spur road north from above dispersed camp

Dispersed Camp
South from above dispersed camp

Historic Structure on Road 5-14C
Historic Structure on Road 5-14C

Fort Rock
Fort Rock north from Silver Lake, OR
You used to be able to camp anywhere at Fort Rock.
There was a road up the middle and almost to the top.
If you walked around the circumference, would be
almost guaranteed to find an arrowhead.

Fort Rock
View of Fort Rock in the Distance

Fort Rock Cemetery
Historic Fort Rock Cemetery

FORT ROCK CEMETERY
LATITUDE: N 4322.245
LONGITUDE: W 12103.828
There was a grave marker that said
Killed By Sheriffs Pose 1913, but it
has disappeared???

PHOTO HERE
Radar Towers in Christmas Valley.
(Photo from the 1980's)

During the cold war the US Military
built radar towers, making Christmas
Valley a nuclear target for the USSR.
The school kids were taught to duck,
cover, and kiss your ass good-bye.
Towers have since been dismantled.

Broken Arrowhead near Fossil Lake
Broken Arrowhead near Fossil Lake
It is a federal crime to collect or disturb artifacts,
even a broken arrowhead.

Sandals
Fort Rock Sagebrush Sandals.
In 1938, archaeologist Luther Cressman found
dozens of 9,000 - 10,000 year old sagebrush
sandals in Fort Rock Cave.

Picture Rock Pass Petroglyphs
Picture Rock Pass Petroglyphs

Picture Rock Pass Petroglyphs
These petroglyphs are used for most of the
tourist brochures and information guides in
Lake County.

PICTURE ROCK PASS PETROGLYPHS
LATITUDE: N 4302.880
LONGITUDE: W 12048.020
Petroglyphs on Highway 31 / MP 63
Six miles north from Summer Lake, OR
There are more petroglyphs in the area.

Woodpecker
Woodpecker making a lot of noise

Snow on Road 5-14B
Snow on Road 5-14B
It melted by mid-morning...
March 22, 2010

Cabin Lake Campground
Cabin Lake Campground

CABIN LAKE CAMPGROUND
LATITUDE: N 4329.708
LONGITUDE: W 12103.441
Primitive Campground...

Hole In the Ground
Hole In the Ground

HOLE IN THE GROUND
LATITUDE: N 4324.775
LONGITUDE: W 12112.321
(GPS from west rim of Hole In the Ground)
Highway 31 / MP 22
Take Road 3125 for 3 miles
Take Road 3130 for 1 mile

Harris Schoolhouse
Harris Schoolhouse
South from Summer Lake, OR
Highway 31 near MP 74

Big Horn Painting
Big Horn Painting at Scenic Byway Kiosk
Highway 31 near MP 70
Across from Summer Lake Store

Pine Mountain Observatory
Pine Mountain Observatory

PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
LATITUDE: N 4347.452
LONGITUDE: W 12056.579
Elevation around 6300'

Prineville Reservoir
Prineville Reservoir
Viewed from Roberts Bay East #1 Campground

ROBERTS BAY RECREATION AREA
LATITUDE: N 4406.810
LONGITUDE: W 12042.020
Salt Creek Road for 8 miles

Crooked River
Crooked River
Viewed from Lower Palisades Campground

LOWER CROOKED RIVER
The Lower Crooked River National Back Country Byway
has some spectacular scenery and views. The Crooked River
carves it's way through old looking canyons of
Columnar Basalt...

Also see: ALDER SPRINGS
Also see:
CABIN LAKE
Also see:
COTTONWOOD MEADOW LAKE
Also see:
DOG LAKE CAMPGROUND
Also see:
HEAD OF THE RIVER C.G.
Also see:
MANN LAKE
Also see:
NEWBERRY CRATER and MONUMENT
Also see:
PAISLEY / ROAD#33
Also see:
PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
Also see:
STEENS MOUNTAIN
Also see:
THOMPSON RESERVOIR
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#090
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4260
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4280
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#4370
Also see:
WICKIUP RESERVOIR / ROAD#44

Google Custom Map Free Oregon Campgrounds
Google Custom Map by Ian

OREGON FREE CAMPGROUND MAP
Google custom map by Ian with most of the
free campgrounds in Oregon
.

EAST FORT ROCK OHV TRAIL SYSTEM
West from Pine Mountain Observatory.
Camping is permitted at all the trailheads
and staging areas, as well as any existing
dispersed camps.
CAMP II TRAILHEAD
ROAD 25 STAGING AREA
CHINA HAT CAMPGROUND
ROAD 2510 STAGING AREA
SOUTH LAVA TRAILHEAD
SAND SPRINGS

Summer Lake
Summer Lake is mostly a Salt Flat

Summer Lake
Summer Lake

This day the winds were kicking up a dust storm.

FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FORESTS
MORE ESTABLISHED CAMPGROUNDS
BLY RANGER DISTRICT
Corral Creek Forest Camp
Holbrook Reservoir Forest Camp
Lofton Reservoir Campground
LAKEVIEW RANGER DISTRICT
Cottonwood Meadows Lake
Deep Creek Forest Camp
Dismal Creek Forest Camp
Dog Lake Campground
Drews Creek Campground
Mud Creek Forest Camp
Overton Reservoir
Vee Lake Camp
Willow Creek Forest Camp
PAISLEY RANGER DISTRICT
Campbell Lake Campground
Chewaucan Crossing Campground
Clear Springs Forest Camp
Dairy Point Forest Camp
Deadhorse Creek Forest Camp
Deadhorse Lake Campground
Happy Camp Campground
Jones Crossing Forest Camp
Lee Thomas Campground
Marsters Spring Campground
Pike's Crossing Forest Camp
Rock Creek Forest Camp
Sandhill Crossing Campground
Upper Jones Forest Camp
SILVER LAKE RANGER DISTRICT
Alder Springs
East Bay Campground
Silver Creek Marsh Campground
Thompson Campground
BLM RECREATION SITES
Dog Lake Campground
Gerber BLM Recreation Site

Shower House at Virgin Valley Campground
Shower House at Virgin Valley Campground

SHELDON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Located in Nevada on Highway 140
South from Lakeview, OR
Badger
Bateman Spring
Big Spring Reservoir
Catnip Reservoir
Devaney
East Rock Spring
Fish Spring
Gooch Spring
Little Catnip Spring
North Hell Creek
Virgin Valley
West Rock Spring
Wheeler Spring

Warner Canyon Ski Area
Warner Canyon Ski Area
LATITUDE: N 4214.284
LONGITUDE: W 12017.790
GPS from entrance gate
Highway 140 near MP 4
10 miles from Lakeview, OR

CAMPGROUND INDEX

CAMPING RECIPES

CAMPING CHECKLISTS

TOURIST PHOTOS

Bend Oregon
Bend, OR

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Camped here Feb.16, 2010
There were still areas of snow on the ground.
Cold and fog in the morning.
Camped here March 16, 2010

Litter on Highway 31
Litter on Highway 31 / MP 13
This doesn't represent the majority of people.

LINKS:
http://www.christmasvalley.net
http://www.lakecountychamber.org/facts/

Free campgrounds and camping
OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
CHRISTMAS VALLEY SAND DUNES
JUNIPERS CAMP