Conditions at the camping areas on Hart Mountain are primitive. Areas have pit toilets, two of which are handicap accessible. None of the campgrounds have any RV hook-ups, drinking water, firewood, or fire rings. There is drinking water available at headquarters there are no reservations and no camping fees. At the poplular hot springs camping area there are 30 camping sites. You're welcome to stay up to 14 days. Observe quiet hours between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am.
Camping is available at:
1. Hot Springs Campground. Camping is permitted year-round. Winter snows may close the campground road periodically. During the summer there is an onsite camp host. The Hot Spring has been refurbished with a new enclosure for your safety and enjoyment, large enough to accommodate about six people at a time.
2. Post Meadows Campground is available as a horse camp, which includes corrals. (See horseback riding.)
3. Guano Creek Campground is open seasonally to accommodate extra campers during the hunting season from August 1st through November 1st.
4. Back country camping is also permitted. (See overnight backpacking.)
Camping equipment left unattended for more than 24 hours is subject to impoundment.
The use of portable electric generators and power saws is prohibited.
Campfires may be enjoyed only at Hot springs Campground during periods of low fire hazards. Bring your own firewood, wood is so scarce that it may not be collected on the refuge. Always check for campfire restrictions posted at the refuge headquarters or check with the campground host in the campground. It is unlawful to leave any campfire which has not been thoroughly extinguished. Be sure your fire is out.
See the link for recreational activities for more information on outback camping.
All pets must be leashed. Dogs used for hunting upland bird, are permitted to be unleashed as long as they remain under strict voice control.
Transportation and Roads
Driving or riding any mechanical vehicle (including bicycles) off road is prohibited and they must remain on established roads. You may pull off the road to park, but the distance cannot exceed the length of your vehicle. Please respect all road closures. Most refuge roads are not maintained for passenger vehicles. Those who wish to travel off the main thoroughfares need high clearance and four-wheel drive vehicles. Small amounts of precipitation can make roads very muddy. During the winter and spring, most refuge roads are impassable due to snow or wet conditions. Please avoid driving on muddy roads for your own safety and the protection of fragile resources.
All motorbikes, ATVs, etc. must be properly registered, and operators must be properly licensed and have all safety equipment as required by State law. The use of all motorized vehicles in the campgrounds is limited to entering and leaving the area.
Weapons possessed for purposes other than legal hunting activities must be unloaded and dismantled or cased.
Artifacts must be enjoyed in place. Searching for, removing, or damaging arrowheads, petroglyphs, or any form of artifact is strictly prohibited and is a violation of law.
Aircraft including hang gliders and ultralites, may not land on the refuge. The use of aircraft over refuge lands at altitudes that results in harassment of wildlife is prohibited.
Keep in mind, the high desert is a beautiful and harsh environment where conditions can be extreme. Please take the time to be well prepared before visiting the refuge. During the summer, plenty of drinking water, sun screen, insect repellent, and first aid supplies should be kept on hand. Night time temperatures can dip below freezing any time of the year, so pack accordingly.
There are no paved roads on the refuge, so travel is slow, and are not maintained for passenger vehicles.The roads range from graded roads to jeep trails. Graded roads include the main road from the base of the Mtn through headquarters and on to Frenchglen, the road to the Hot Springs Campground, and the road to Blue Sky. These roads are open year round, but the Hot Springs road and the Blue Sky road are sometimes closed during inclement weather. All spur roads off the Blue Sky road are closed Dec 1st and reopen on June 15th. High clearance and four-wheel drive are needed to travel off the Frenchglen, Blue Sky, or Hot springs roads.
Gasoline and groceries are available in Plush (25 miles west) and Frenchglen (49 miles east). Lakeview (65 miles southwest) is the nearest full-service community with overnight lodging, grocery stores, auto repair, retail stores, medical facilities, and tourist information.
Emergency services and roadside assistance are not readily available on the refuge. The refuge staff are not able to provide or sell gas, towing, or auto repair service. Plan to pack out what you pack in. Garbage collection and septic dumping facilities are not provided on the refuge.
Potable water, compressed air, and restroom are available at the refuge headquarters.