In the last installment we looked at the recent popularity of toy haulers. They are a great way to transport your entire family and all the toys to a fun filled destination of playing and camping. If you are new to off-roading or thinking about joining this family friendly lifestyle, you may be asking, “where can one go to camp and ride?” This a great question and periodically in the months and years to come this blog will occasionally suggest places to go camp and play.
Henderson Flat in Central Oregon will be featured this week.
Henderson Flat OHV trail system is part of the Crooked River National Grassland and features open stands of juniper spread over rolling hills and interspersed with vividly stunning red rimrock breaks. The trails rise above the Deschutes Basin with great views of the Cascade Range to the west. The area encompasses 1,480 acres and ranges in elevation from 3,000 to 3,400 feet.
The area offers scenic campsites among the trees, sweet dual track mixed in with a few dirt roads, well signed and maintained trails with other loops of varying length, mountain views, easy to difficult rated trails, hill climbs, open play areas, a beginners loop, light crowds and more.
The trail system is designed for quads, three-wheelers or motorcycles less than 50″ wide. Off-highway vehicles are allowed on designated routes and areas only. If it is not signed as open, it is closed. The trails are open to horses, mountain bikes and other recreationists, so please watch out for others and share the trails.
The trail area is open from April 1 through November 30. The best riding is cooler in early spring and late fall. Mid-July through September can be hot and dry, making riding uncomfortable. During periods of extreme fire conditions the trails may be closed to public use.
The trails and facilities were developed and are being maintained for your enjoyment through a cooperative effort by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon ATV Fund, Central Oregon Motorcycle and ATV Club and many other volunteers. Maps are available online here.
Dispersed campsites make up the bulk of the camping opportunities at Henderson Flat. The staging area is limited and will not hold a large number of RVs. The staging area features a vault toilet and loading ramp for your convenience. The dispersed camping areas provide ample room for large groups of off road vehicles and RVs. The graveled roads leading into the Henderson Flat dispersed camping areas are well maintained and suitable for larger RVs. There is no water available in the riding area. There is no garbage service provided; pack it in, pack it out applies.
Campfires are permitted, but the Forest Service requests that you please keep them small and don’t leave them unattended. High winds and dry conditions can fuel a wildfire even at unlikely times of the year. Please limit your stay to 14 days.
From Madras: Drive South on Highway 97 for 14.9 miles. Turn left on Park Lane and travel east for 2.3 miles.
From Redmond: Drive north on highway 97 for approximately 10 miles. Turn right on
Park Lane and travel east for 2.3 miles.
You will find the intersection of Hwy 97 and Park Lane at N44 25.160 W121 11.932
You will find the staging area at: N44 25.814 W121 08.762
All major services are available in Redmond or Madras.
Rules and Regulations:
- Operators with a suspended or revoked driver’s license may not operate any class ATV
- All youth under age 16 must hold a valid ATV Safety Education Card
- All youth under age 16 operating an ATV on public lands must be supervised by an adult who is at least 18 years old and holds a valid ATV Safety Education Card and can provide immediate assistance and direction to the children
- Youth and any passengers under age 18 must wear a DOT approved helmet with the chin strap fastened
- All youth under age 16 must meet all the following minimum physical size requirements as set by the manufacturer
Vehicle must have:
- ATV Sticker (Operating Permit)
- USFS approved spark arrestor
- Muffler under 99db
For Additional Information:
Crooked River National Grassland
813 S.W. Hwy. 97
Madras, OR 97741