Camping in the Ochoco National Forest

Big Spring Campground

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Forest Service Rd 4270, Prineville, OR
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  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms

Big Springs campground is located in an open ponderosa pine forest and along a babbling creek. The campsites vary in size significantly and can accommodate many different group sizes. Each campsite has plenty of room for setting up a tent and each has one picnic table and fire pit/grill. Campsites at this campground may be the easiest to access with a trailer on the entire forest, but there are no hook-up amenities available and water is also not available. That being said, there are several small springs that emerge from the bank on the north side of the creek next to campsite #2. Be sure to filter the water from the springs as it is not potable. There is one vault toilet to serve this campground. Local ranchers will graze their cattle near the campground which means the cows can often be seen or heard in camp. The diversity of habitats and the presence of water through the year mean there is a potential to view numerous wildflower like blooming onions, buckwheats and penstemons from mid-May into late June most years.

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