Idlewild Campground

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Location

Idlewild is located in Malheur National Forest 17 miles north of Burns along US Highway 395. At an elevation of 5200 feet, there is a nice campground, a picnic area, and several miles of walking trails here. There are stands of old growth ponderosa pines in the area.

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Habitat and Birds

This is the most forested location Harney County and an area favored by birders. The higher elevation campground provides large ponderosa pines which host Gray Jays, White- headed Woodpeckers, nuthatches, creeper, Clark’s Nutcracker and Northern Pygmy-Owl. At night, you might be treated to the call of a Flammulated Owl or a Common Poorwill. Look and listen for Green-tailed Towhee in the Ceanothus. Most of the local forest species can be found here.

A nice side trip can be had by driving a portion of National Forest Development Road 2820. Start just north of Idlewild here (43.803760,-118.989573) and drive east for as long as you like. NF 2820 traverses nearly 50 miles of forested mountain habitat.

Check the National Forest web site for current information.

See a map of trails (Idlewild Trail, Devine Summit Trail, WAS Trail, and Microwave Trail) at this link.

See also Joaquin Miller Horse Camp 2 miles farther north along 395.