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Open Year-round
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Reservations possible?
No
RV Hookups
No
Potable water
No
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This campground is great for mountain bikers who want to sample some of the riding around Gray Butte as well as tent and RV campers looking for a relatively uncrowded taste of the high desert. If you're a climber looking for something cheaper and more expansive than the Bivouac Campground at Smith Rock, then Skull Hollow is the spot.  This moderately used campground offers large sites and an open desert feel only minutes from Highway 97 and Smith Rock State Park. The large, open sites have picnic tables and fire rings, as well as a few trees for shade. Watch out for rattlesnakes, as they have been seen in this campground. Listen for the wild calls of the coyotes at night as you fall asleep enveloped by the sweet smell of sage.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Large campsites. Close to Smith Rock. Great mountain biking from the campground.

Cons

No potable water.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Aud & Di Campground Services

Features

Vault toilet

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

03/29/2016
Great spot, not long from Smith Rock.

Hiking and Mountain biking available up trail, and the Smith rock activities back west. Good location if you want to avoid heavy campground traffic, as each campsite has ample space between you and your neighbor.

Get here early morning and go adventure for the day before coming back to a quiet site.

Late March/ Early April was EXTREMELY windy. make sure to tie and stake everything down at camp before leaving, or risk never seeing light items again/ damaged tents. Rainfly recommended as the area is very dusty.

Great Sunset and Sunrise views as you sit at the hillside base of the high desert.
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