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Oregon Badlands Wilderness

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The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Oregon Badlands Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Areas within the boundaries of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness are closed to motorized use. All pack animals are limited to designated trails.

Rockhounding, vending, and the use of paint ball guns are prohibited within the Oregon Badlands Wilderness as are carving of trees, vandalism, and graffiti.

The maximum group size is 12 people per group. Some activities, particularly special events, organized group outings, and those that are commercial in nature, require a Special Recreation Permit. For more information, contact the Prineville District Office.




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