Discover the outdoor wonders of Prineville, Central Oregon!

Endless recreation opportunities in this breathtaking city, from exciting watersports to scenic hiking and thrilling biking.

Cycling in Prineville

Explore the stunning Crooked River Canyon and the mountainous terrain of the Ochocos as you navigate our scenic bikeway, gravel routes, and eclectic trail systems.

Water Sports in Prineville

Experience the serenity of Crook County's waterways, where ample opportunities to fish, boat, swim, paddleboard, camp, or even stargaze, await you.

Prineville offers diverse hiking trails, showcasing lush forests, rugged canyons, and stunning vistas that cater to adventure-seekers and hikers of all skill levels.

Tee off along our tranquil fairways as you take in the beautiful landscape of the High Desert at Prineville's choice golf courses: Meadow Lakes and Prineville Golf Club.

A plethora of exploration activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

From its dark night activities to its iconic landmarks, rockhounding activities, diverse bird species, and off-road adventures, Prineville is a haven for outdoor exploration.

Rockhounding in Prineville

Crook County, rightfully known as the rockhound capital of the world, offers enthusiasts the chance to discover beautiful agates, jasper, thunder eggs, and other unique minerals.

The rural nature of Crook County creates the perfect environment for unforgettable stargazing, boasting excellent opportunities to observe the night sky and constellations.

Whether in town or deep in the majestic Ochoco Forest, Crook County is home to several iconic natural and historic landmarks that are must-sees when you visit us.

Birdwatching in Prineville

Are you a bird enthusiast looking for a picturesque location to indulge in birdwatching? Look no further than the Crooked River Wetlands.

Unearth Crook County's Hidden Treasures

Rockhounding

If you are seeking a way to get out and explore, consider a rockhounding adventure! Turn into an amateur geologist and take the time to get out and collect rocks and mineral specimens from Crook County’s natural environment.

Considered the rockhound capital of the world, Crook County boasts numerous rockhound sites and mines. Maury Mountain Agate Bed, White Fir, Bear Creek, and Lucky Strike Mine are just a sampling of the areas popular for rockhound enthusiasts.

Maps can be purchased at the Prineville – Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center or Wagner’s Market for only $5, along with information on safety, land use, ethics, and the history of rockhounding in our area.

Leave No Trace

Be a Good Steward of the Land and Leave No Trace

In the unique case of rockhounding, certain materials you find may be taken; however, depending on the object, they may need to be left behind or collected with the use of a proper permit. Learn more with the USDA Rockhounding Guide.

Central Oregon Rockhounding Map

PURCHASE A ROCKHOUNDING MAP

If you are coming to our area and wanting to adventure into the Ochocos and rockhound, you can also purchase your map online.  With each purchase we also toss in a copy of our Rockhound Brochure, a new and updated packet for all of you rockhounding enthusiasts!

This map is the product of a coordinated effort by the BLM, Prineville District; the USDA Forest Service, Ochoco National Forest; and the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce. It is intended to help with the identification of the various local rock materials and to keep your visit and experience safe, legal, productive and enjoyable.  Learn more about how to prepare for and enjoy a safe and rewarding visit on Forest Service lands, here.

Our rockhounding map is a companion map to the Forest Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM). An MVUM is a legal enforceable document that identifies the roads, trails, and areas where motor vehicle use is allowed in a Forest Service administrative unit or ranger district. MVUMs are reissued each year. It is the responsibility of the motor vehicle user to acquire the current MVUM. The MVUMs display National Forest System (NFS) routes (roads and trails) designated as open to motorized travel. The MVUMs also display allowed uses by vehicle class (ex. highway-legal vehicles, vehicles 50 inches in width or less and motorcycles); seasonal allowances, off travel distance allowances, and provides information on other travel rules and regulations.

Central Oregon Rockhounding Map

Purchase your Rockhounding Map from us online today! Upon completed purchase, we will mail it out within 3 business days. Included will be our Rockhounding Guide, as well as other media and materials regarding recreation in our area.

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