We found a gem for our first stop of this trip. A very scenic & well cared for BLM campground located near both the Steens Mountain & Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Page Springs - BLM Campground, near Frenchglen, OR: Site #31 (36 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: vault toilets • dump station not available • river access • trails from campground • trails nearby • 4231’ elevation. April 4th - 9th. Miles traveled: 186 miles (tap on mileage to see route & elevation change).
• Well maintained campground.
• First come, first serve - no reservations.
• Very quite.
• No dump station.
“Backyard of the Day”
Campground & Surrounding Area
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Friday Update: Today, a little auto touring was on the books. This included the forty-two mile self-guided Blitzen River Valley Auto Tour on a gravel road from Malheur National Wildlife Refuge’s headquarters to our campground. We also added a side trip to Diamond, OR, to see the historical hotel. A bit further down the road was the Round Barn. Then we drove through Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area.
Saturday Update: It was mostly sunny, but a very windy sort of day. Our plans were to drive the 59 mile Steens Mountain Loop Tour today. The part of the loop that started near our campground still had a locked gate. So we drove ways down the highway to the other end of the loop. After turning onto a gravel road & going about 3 miles, we found the other locked gate. Guess it's not happening on this trip. So instead, we fought the wind & wandered around the main headquarters of the historical P Ranch. Not as exciting as the drive would have been, & not much remains of the original site, but it was something to do.
You know we just had to do it — Cheers to National Beer Day! (Apr 7th)