Campsite Review: Crooked River Ranch Campground is located north of Terrebonne, OR west of Highway 97 in the Crooked River Canyon next to the Crooked River Ranch Golf Course.
One of the can’t-miss features of Crooked River Ranch is Crooked River Canyon. I say can’t-miss because nearly everywhere on the ranch the canyon wall is obvious. There are multiple lookout locations with established overlooks. At least two paths to hike to the bottom and of course. The canyon wall is right out of our front window.
Website: Crooked River Ranch RV Park
Address: 14875 SW Hayes Road, Crooked River Ranch OR 97760
Link to Google Map for the area: Crooked River Ranch
Phone Number/Reservations: (541) 923-1441 no online reservations
Dates stayed: June 8 – 11, 2020
Our sites: # 12, sites 15-22 were empty
Price paid: $37.84
Hook-ups: A-loop 30/50 amp and water & sewer, not all sites have full hookups
Cell service: Verizon – good signal, AT&T – good signal
Sites: Back-in and pull-through sites. Our location in the D loop was level but sites in A and C loops may have difficulties leveling. Generally, the slope is downhill to the northeast.
Crooked River Ranch is a huge neighborhood of country homes. As you proceed to the ranch, you come to an overlook and two-step canyon and the hotel, golf course, and RV park are on the second step. From the level area where of the RV park, you can see Crooked River about 600 feet below.
There was no road noise but surprisingly we occasionally could hear the train whistle, in the distance as the sound echoed from over a mile away up the canyon. If you listened for the train whistle you can hear it, but you have to listen for it.
Given the campground layout map, it is obvious that we were there slightly before the summer season started. The row where we camped, with a full view of the opposing canyon wall was full but the spots had adequate spacing on both sides. We parked our car, behind the RV in what is identified as spot #21 and occasionally in front of the RV. In both cases, there was plenty of room.
If all the sites on the campground layout were filled I would be much less happy given the obvious potential for crowding.
Camping for tents is available on the grass areas would be easy with parking next to the tent sites.
The campground is not right next to any highway, which is great for me, due to noise. This fact does make it less convenient for overnight stops.
Dry, dusty conditions are a real probability due to the area.
A new dump station was under construction while we were at the park, which should be a big upgrade.
FoxRVTravel-Campsite Review: Crooked River Ranch Campground insider info:
There are many easy trails around the campground for walking or bicycling. Confusingly, all the trails are named Matt’s trail. There is one steep trail, named the Hollywood Road, that leads to the bottom of the canyon and Crooked River. Hollywood Trail was constructed as part of a movie shoot. You can read my recap of the Hollywood road in my blog post, Crooked River.
Another excellent hike, just to the west of Crooked River Ranch is down to the Deschutes River and Steelhead Falls.
Keep an eye out for semi-wild, semi-domestic sheep called Mouflon — we didn’t see one. There are also Big Horn Sheep — we didn’t see one — and deer — yes we saw some deer.