Tepee Camping in Oregon

Teepee Camping in Oregon
Tepee camping is one of the ways to experience Oregon's stunning, diverse landscapes---especially its varied drylands east of the Cascades.
 

Background

Oregon's modern camping tepees mimic one of the traditional shelters used by a number of North American indigenous peoples, especially on the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains and Columbia Plateau.

 
 

Reservations

Several Oregon Indian tribes, such as those of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Warm Springs Reservation, offer tepees for rent.

Other Opportunities

You also can find privately operated tepees elsewhere, such as at the Rimrock Inn on the lip of Joseph Canyon in far northeastern Oregon, a scenic landscape rich in Nez Perce history.

State Park Overview

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, which manages hundreds of units across the state, rents tepees at two of its campgrounds in eastern Oregon, Clyde Holliday near the Strawberry Mountains and Lake Owyhee near the Idaho border.

State Parks Teepee Info

The parks' tepees, available from spring to fall, range from 18 to 26 feet in diameter, sleep between five and 12 people and include outdoor fire pits and picnic tables. Visitors bring their own bedding, food and basic camping amenities.

 

Article Written By Ethan Schowalter-Hay

Ethan Schowalter-Hay is a writer and naturalist living in Oregon. He has written for the "Observer," the Bureau of Land Management and various online publishers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin.