Description - The Grassland encompasses 170,000 acre, of which 106,000 acres are federally owned.
- With a total of almost 1,500 square miles, the Ochoco National Forest is endowed with vast natural resources, scenic grandeur, and tremendous recreation opportunities. People are drawn to the Ochoco for it's majestic ponderosa pine stands, picturesque rimrock vantage points, deep canyons, unique geologic formations, abundant wildlife, and plentiful sunshine.
The Ochoco National Forest is divided into four ranger districts; Big Summit, Paulina, Prineville and Snow Mountain. The Crooked River National Grassland is also administered by the Ochoco and encompasses about 111,000 acres .
Recreation - Hiking, horseback riding, hunting, rockhounding, and camping.
Climate - With a large elevation range, climate on the Ochoco changes depending on elevation. The high elevations receive much more precipitation and colder temperatures. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April, mostly in the form of snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures can drop well below zero degrees Fahrenheit. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days, with warm to hot temperatures at the low elevations and moderate temperatures at the higher elevations. Summer afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon.
The Crooked River National Grassland is administered by the Ochoco National Forest. With its headquarters in Prineville, the Ochoco National Forest sits in the geographic center of Oregon. US Highway 26 runs through Prineville and a portion of the Forest.
May through September.
January through December.