Forest Road 260

Deschutes National Forest

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Bend, OR 97701
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GPS: 44.0369, -121.4342

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 2
Pad Type: dirt
Open Seasonally: Yes
Elevation: 4249 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Wanderland Travelers
33 Fleetwood Bounder
1997 Honda CR-V
14 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 7

Wanderland Travelers would stay here again

“Great Boondocking 10 Minutes from Bend”

Reviewed Jul 05, 2017

Overall Rating

Since there weren't any reviews yet for this site, we first checked out Forest Road 300: That site was full of parked vehicles of cyclists enjoying the area, and the road going further into the forest was definitely unpassable to most vehicles -- so we turned around and came to this site, Forest Road 260.
Google does not have this road on it's maps, but the GPS coordinates will guide you to the correct spot.
[It's about 10 minutes west of Bend and incredibly convenient.
There is a dump station in town at the Shell station on Galveston -- free to use with the purchase of 10 gallons of fuel, otherwise dump is $10. There isn't a separate spigot for fresh water but they said the water at the dump area spigot was potable and we were able to hook up our own hose.]
Back to the campsite:
There are three definite sites as you first pull in, and the road is accessible to pretty much any vehicle. We took the 3rd site down the road, on the right hand side. If all of these sites are taken, it would be a bit difficult to turn around, but there are some less obvious sites that could potentially work to back into and turn. Scouting ahead of time would be a good idea.
After our site, the road goes downhill (short but slightly steep) and while we were there, there was a Class A parked in a site at the base of the hill.
The road then turns left and there are several more sites. We didn't go the full length of the road, but we saw at least 6 camping areas along Forest Road 260 and there are likely several more.

A ranger drove down the road twice during our week stay -- presumably to take note of who was staying and for how long (there is a 14 day limit).

We had decent enough cell service for video meetings and regular internet usage. We did use a booster. The signal wasn't terribly strong but it was fine for working from the RV all day (we have AT&T and Verizon and both signals were about the same)

There was a fair amount of garbage around our camping area (which is the reason for the 4 stars, well, that and the fact that this area is incredibly dusty! It just covers your shoes as you walk around and inevitably comes inside too) but we collected the garbage that we could and were able to take it to the Cascade Lakes Welcome Center -- this is a ranger station that also has maps of the Forest Roads which indicate were there is dispersed camping allowed!
For the larger garbage at our site (vacuum cleaner, old VCR, and roofing materials -- what is wrong with people!) we filed a report with the rangers so they could send a vehicle to come get it.

All in all this isn't an incredibly scenic spot but it's in the forest, the air is fresh, it was quiet even though there were a handful of other campers using this road and loads of cyclists enjoying Skyliners Rd (the main road into town). It's a close drive to get into Bend, and if you go further west up Skyliners Road it will take you to Tumalo Falls which is well worth the visit (free parking if you have a National Parks pass, otherwise I think it was $5). After checking out Tumalo Falls (which is visible from the parking lot and then a short hike to be standing at the top of the falls) you can hike the trail about a mile in to see another waterfall (Double Falls). This area is really beautiful but can definitely get busy -- best visited on a weekday if possible.

We have a video posted on YouTube of our week-stay in Bend, showing this campsite and some of the great things to do in the area.

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[RV Life & Travel] Ep. 46 A Week in Bend, Oregon || Free Camping, The Ale Trail & Amazing Waterfalls

In this episode we cross the border back into our home state of Oregon and spend a week exploring the hip town of Bend. Our free campsite was at GPS 44.0369, -121.4342 and our detailed review can be...

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