Priest Hole Dispersed Camping

Top Photo: Our Campsite with a View


Priest Hole has been on our Bucket List for some time. The last mile and half of the one-lane, winding dirt road that drops to the camping area was quite a ride, but well worth it.

Campground name - Priest Hole BLM Dispersed Camping, near Miichal, OR: Campground Notes: • one vault toilets • river access • t trails nearby • 1,5,11’ elevation. June 14th - 17th. Miles traveled: 8️⃣8️⃣.
• Remote.
• Not crowded.
• Approaching road needs improvement.

Overall Experience: Smile

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Nestled along the banks of the John Day Wild and Scenic River in central Oregon is the Priest Hole Recreation Site. It's a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience primitive camping. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), this remote area allows visitors to fully enjoy the beauty of the region.

Primitive Camping Opportunities
The Priest Hole Recreation Site is known for its primitive camping opportunities along the John Day River. Visitors can set up their tents and enjoy the tranquility of the area, with no designated campsites or amenities provided. This type of dispersed camping allows campers to choose their own secluded spot, providing a more authentic and adventurous experience.

Accessibility and Affordability
One of the key features of the Priest Hole area is its accessibility. While the site is not easily accessible for those with disabilities, it offers a free camping experience for all visitors. This makes it an attractive option for those seeking a budget-friendly outdoor getaway.

Important Considerations
However, it's important to note that the primitive nature of the Priest Hole Recreation Site means that there are no developed facilities, such as restrooms or running water. Campers must be prepared to pack in and pack out all their supplies and waste, practicing Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural environment.

Proposed Improvements
The BLM is currently seeking public input on a proposal to make improvements to the Priest Hole Recreation Site, including:

  • Creation of designated campsites
  • Addition of amenities like picnic tables

These proposed changes aim to enhance the visitor experience while still maintaining the site's primitive character.

A Hidden Gem in Central Oregon
For those seeking a remote and rustic camping adventure in central Oregon, the Priest Hole Recreation Site is a hidden gem worth exploring. With its stunning natural surroundings and opportunities for dispersed camping, it offers a unique and unforgettable outdoor experience.

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