Priesthole CG - OR

Discussion in 'Oregon' started by Born2recrea8, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Born2recrea8

    Born2recrea8 New Member

    Jan 18, 2013
    Priesthole is a BLM campground about 7 or so miles north of the painted hills on a washboarded road. Although in a very scenic setting and close to the Painted Hills, it is relatively unknown except by locals, hunters and folks that raft the john day river and use it for a stopping point. As with many BLM camp areas, the sites are dry, dispersed, undefined, mostly on gravel river bar. The DW and I camped there in May of 2011. This area is unlike most other places in the NW, color ringed sand hills, dark rock mountains rising up from the river canyon. Kind like what u might see in the southwest.

    The bad: The road in, although not 4wd, is washboarded and dusty. Some white knuckle moments on the road that drops in, as is one lane wide in places. I took a conversion van in pulling a utility trailer with no problem, and some take large rvs in, but it is not for everyone. Because you are mostly on old river bed, driving in camp stakes is near impossible. Snakes come out in warmer weather, so if you have someone who hates them you might want to skip this one.

    The good: We had the place to ourselves for 3 days. Excellent fishing, and sat by the river watching the rafters go by with various set ups. Scenery is top notch. Close to the Painted Hills natl park for a side trip. Good early season area when high elevation camps are snowed in.

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