Priest Hole Recreation Site

Priest Hole Recreation Site on the John Day River
Address:

Prineville District Office 3050 N.E. 3rd St. Prineville, OR 97754

Latitude/Longitude:
44.739287, -120.271366
Directions:

Priest Hole is located on the John Day River about 12 miles from Mitchell, Oregon. From Prineville, head east on Highway 26 and turn north on Burnt Ranch Road toward the John Day Fossil Beds, Painted Hills Unit. Pass the Painted Hills and follow the gravel road for three miles. Take a right (uphill) at the junction of Priest Hole or Burnt Ranch Rec Sites. From there, take a left downhill, following the sign to Priest Hole.

Fee Description:

No fees for camping or floating the one-mile section around Priest Hole.

CAMPING
FISHING
HIKING
HUNTING
WATER SPORTS
WILDERNESS

Priest Hole Recreation Site

For a rustic overnight stay deep in eastern Oregon, let your tires roll past the Painted Hills-one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders-and drive deep into John Day River Territory to the Priest Hole Recreation Site. Through a primitive camping experience, you can experience the Wild and Scenic John Day River, designated for scenery, recreation, fish, wildlife, and geologic values.

Know Before You Go:

  • Open YEAR ROUND but the rough road can make access difficult in winter.
  • ACCESSIBILITY is primitive and not easily accessible for people with disabilities.
  • NO FEES for camping or floating the one-mile section around Priest Hole. There is one toilet; NO potable water, trash cans or campsite amenities.
  • PETS ARE ALLOWED under owner control. Watch for rattlesnakes.
  • HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES ARE REQUIRED.
  • Fire restrictions run June 1 – September 30 (liquid gas or propane only).
  • When fire restrictions are not in place, campfires are allowed ONLY in raised, metal fire pans. Hundreds of rock fire rings are found each year, scaring the ground and creating resource damage. Please help us preserve this precious resource.
  • Please bring your own fire wood. Cutting vegetation, including standing dead vegetation is not allowed. 

Point of Interest:

Priest Hole is a local favorite for fishing and swimming. Stopping here is a natural part of a visit to the Painted Hills, Sutton Mountain Back Country Byway and eastern Oregon!

Priest Hole Brochure

Explore Oregon Recreation: Priest Hole

Accessibility Description (ABA/ADA):
Priest Hole Recreation Site is primitive and not easily accessible for people with disabilities.

Photos

Priest Hole Recreation Site on the John Day River
Relaxing at Priest Hole Recreation SIte