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OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
EAST FORT ROCK OHV TRAIL SYSTEM
DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST
SAND SPRINGS CAMPGROUND
LATITUDE: N 4342.421
LONGITUDE: W 12050.967
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Dispersed Camp on Road 23
Dispersed Camp on Road#23
N 4347.977
W 12059.488
From the Jct. of Road#25 and Road#23
Take Road#23 about 2.2 miles

Dispersed Camp on Road 23
Firering and wood at Dispersed Campsite

There are dispersed campsites on Road#23
towards Sand Springs Campground. Designed
against the lava flow.

Dispersed Camp on Road 23
Dispersed Camp on Road#23
This is our campsite when staying in the area.
N 4346.235
W 12058.007
(From the Jct. of Road#25 and Road#23
Take Road#23 about 4 1/2 miles)

Road from dispersed campsite
Road from above dispersed campsite.

Lava Flow near Dispersed Camp
Lava Flow near Dispersed Camp on Road#23

Views
Views from Dispersed Camp on Road#23

Views
Views from Dispersed Camp on Road#23

In the shadow of Pine Mountain Observatory,
Sand Springs is at the Jct. of Road#23 and
Road#22.

Road 23 from Sand Springs Campground
Road#23 from Sand Springs Campground

Sand Springs Campground
Sand Springs Campground

Sand Springs Campground
Sand Springs Campground

Firering at Sand Springs Campground
Firering at Sand Springs Campground

Campfires permitted...
No garbage service.
Pack It In, Pack It Out

Trailhead near Dispersed Camp
Trailhead near Dispersed Camp on Road#23

Caves near Dispersed Camp
Caves near Dispersed Camp

There are several small caves in the lava fields.
We haven't explored any yet. Most are tight squeezes
and kind of scary. You can feel a cold breeze at the
entrance to above cave.(You need to crawl on your
stomach to gain access)

UPDATE:
We found a new cave that is bigger than others.
Somebody used it for their personal garbage dump,

Flowers at dispersed camp on Road 23
Flowers at dispersed camp on Road#23

Flowers at dispersed camp on Road 23
Flowers at dispersed camp on Road#23

Flowers at dispersed camp on Road 23
Flowers at dispersed camp on Road#23

Flowers at Sand Springs Campground
Flowers at Sand Springs Campground

Plants
Sand Springs Campground

Mushroom
What is this image???

Mushroom
What is this image???

Mushroom
Mushroom is 14"W x 15"L
Click image for detailed view.

WILDLIFE:
Lots of deer and some elk. Then there are
the usual suspects, like chipmunks and rabbits.
The dog had an encounter with a porcupine...
(That was several years back and it took a pair
of pliers to remove about a dozen quills that
had been lodged in his snout.) There was
also the time when the dog roused a skunk...
the smell dissipated in a couple days.

Pummice on Ground
Pumice covering the ground
Sand Springs Campground

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW
WHAT FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT
Axe, shovel, and 5 gallons of water required.
Leather Gloves and Fire Extinguisher Recommended

Road 23 Deschutes National Forest
Road#23 north from Sand Springs

Road 23 Deschutes National Forest
Power lines across Road#23

DIRECTIONS:
From Bend, OR
Hwy. 20 east for 21.5 miles
Turn on Road#25 for 6 miles
Turn on Road#23 to Sand Springs
Sand Springs is 12 miles

From LaPine, OR
Take Finley Butte Road / Rd#22
Continue past South Ice Cave
(Just guessing that it is about 35 miles
from Lapine, OR)

Sign on Road 23 and Road 25
Sign from Road#23 at junction of Road#25

Sign on Road 23
Sign from Road#23

ROAD CONDITIONS:
Road#23 is red cinder surface with
washboards and soft sand.

Sign on Road 23
Sign from Road#23

EAST FORT ROCK OHV TRAIL SYSTEM:
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 CAMPGROUND

GPS Data from Information Board
GPS Data from Information Board

Map from Information Board
Map from Information Board

MAP (PDF File)
This is the 2005 Forest Service OHV Map
for East Fort Rock OHV Trail System.
Much more details than above map.

Pine Mountain Observatory
Pine Mountain Observatory

Views east from Pine Mountain Observatory
Views east from Pine Mountain Observatory

PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
Listed under Free Campgrounds

Highway 20 Viewpoint
Geology Information Sign
Hwy.20 at Milepost#20

Highway 20 Viewpoint
Viewpoint of Prehistoric River
Hwy.20 at Milepost#20

Old Highway 20
Old Highway 20
Accessed from Hwy.20 at Milepost#21

Highway 20
Highway 20 at Millican

Millican
Millican
We have bought gas here in the past,
now is Millican is becoming a Ghost Town.

Badlands Rock
Badlands Rock
LATITUDE: N 4359.489
LONGITUDE: W 12101.648

Removed from Friends of the Oregon Badlands
We were kicked out of the Friends of the Oregon Badlands
group by the organizer David Eddleston. We have never
met David Eddleston and there was no explanation offered.

Tree covered with shoes on SW Reservoir Road
Tree covered with shoes on SW Reservoir Road

Tree covered with shoes on SW Reservoir Road
Tree covered with shoes on SW Reservoir Road

SHOE TREE
LATITUDE: N 4404.484
LONGITUDE: W 12056.963
SW Reservoir Road / MP 10
3 1/2 miles past Alfalfa Store
Near Willard Road and Alfalfa Curves

Four Corners Staging Area 
Millican Valley OHV
Four Corners Staging Area

MILLICAN VALLEY OHV AREA
LATITUDE: N 4403.777
LONGITUDE: W 12054.545

Mayfield Pond
Mayfield Pond

MAYFIELD POND RECREATION AREA
LATITUDE: N 4404.980
LONGITUDE: W 12107.830
Elevation: 3290'

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

ROBERTS BAY RECREATION AREA
LATITUDE: N 4406.810
LONGITUDE: W 12042.020

Crooked River
Crooked River
Viewed from Still Water Campground

LOWER CROOKED RIVER
LATITUDE: N 4409.755
LONGITUDE: W 12049.833

Christmas Valley Sand Dunes
Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

CHRISTMAS VALLEY SAND DUNES
LATITUDE: N 4321.184
LONGITUDE: W 12023.160
Elevation: 4300'

Green Mountain Lookout
Green Mountain Lookout

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

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
guaranteed to find an arrowhead.

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.

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.

Road 21 Views
Road#21 Views (East from Paulina Lake)

Road 21 Views
Road#21 Views (East from Paulina Lake)

Also see: BROADWAY LAVA FIELD
Also see:
CHRISTMAS VALLEY
Also see:
MANN LAKE
Also see:
NEWBERRY CRATER and MONUMENT
Also see:
NORTH SHORE ROAD
Also see:
OCHOCO NF / ROAD#16
Also see:
OCHOCO NF / ROAD#27
Also see:
PINE MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY
Also see:
PRINEVILLE / NORTH SHORE
Also see:
PRINEVILLE / SALT CREEK
Also see:
STEENS MOUNTAIN
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
.

South Ice Cave
South Ice Cave on Road#22
Near the junction of China Hat Road(Road#18)

South Ice Cave
Entrance to South Ice Cave

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

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Road 23
Road#23 from Dispersed Campsite at 2.2 miles

Camped here August 5, 2007
Camped here Sept. 5, 2007
Camped here Sept.30, 2007
Camped here Nov.01, 2008
Camped here March 27, 2009
Camped here June 21, 2009

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
It snowed the first week of October 2008.
Light coating that lasted a couple days.

Funny Clouds
Funny Clouds

Free campgrounds and camping
OREGON CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST
EAST FORT ROCK OHV TRAIL SYSTEM
SAND SPRINGS CAMPGROUND