- The north section of the district contains the Mill Creek
Wilderness while the south section contains the Maury
Recreation - The district offers opportunities for a variety of outdoor
recreation activities including camping, picnicking, fishing,
backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, four-wheel driving,
motorcycle and ATV riding, cross-country skiing and
Developed campsites provide vehicle spaces, picnic tables,
and fire grills, however, drinking water is not always available.
Come prepared and bring water with you. Electrical hookups and
showers are not provided. Camping is on a first-come first-
served basis except for group sites. If you prefer "roughing" it
and you discover a nice spot, feel free to camp. Please pack out
your garbage, and be sure your campfire is out before you leave.
Picnic and overnight camping sites suitable for groups are
available by contacting the Ranger District office for
The forest is a winter playground for many people. There
are areas suitable for cross-country ski touring, snowmobiling,
snowshoeing, and sledding.
Climate - With a large elevation range, climate on the Ochoco changes
depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more
precipitation and colder temperatures. Much of the precipitation
comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the
higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop well below zero
degrees Fahrenheit. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend
to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the
low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher
elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not
The Prineville Ranger District is located in central oregon. It is
divided into two sections. The first section is northeast of
Prineville and the second section is southeast of Prineville.