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Santiam Pass OHV Area

Saturday, December 23, 2023

Other Names

Santiam Pass, Big Lake, Willamette National Forest, Sand Mountain, Hayrick Butte, Hoodoo Butte, Nash Crater

Last Known StatusOpen

This area offers miles of ATV and forest service roads to explore that approach several eroded volcanic peaks that are scattered throughout the mixed fir and conifer pine trees.

There is a nearby lake with a developed campground that has potable water and vault toilets. The campground offers 49 sites and can accomodate trailers up to 35 feet long. Other amenities include direct trail access and a paved boat ramp.

The trails are open to motorized use when the ground is snow free, which is usually around mid June through mid November. Call before you haul.

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Permit RequiredYesOregon ATV Permit stickers required
Dates OpenMid June - Mid November, closed during fire season.
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesAn operating permit issued for another state will be honored, but only if the issuing state also honors Oregon operating permits. (As of October 1, 2021, Oregon no longer honors stickers from Washington.) (AZ, CA, ID, IN, MO, NV, PA, SC, UT, VT)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedOregon ATV Permit stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedkeep on the trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size1,500 acres (2 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation4600 to 5300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Single TrackThis national forest has some single track trails.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (W)Chevron (541) 367-2050
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (W)Chevron (541) 367-2050
Potable Water WaterOn SiteBig Lake Campground
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (W)Foster Lake RV Resort  (541) 367-5629
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (W)Foster Lake RV Resort  (541) 367-5629
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn SiteBig Lake Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (W)Circle K (541) 367-7957


Tent: $28.00
RV: $28.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $9.00
Big Lake Campground Fee
CommentBig Lake West Campground - $28/site, extra vehicle - $9/night


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityCascadia, OR
AddressBig Lake Road, Sisters, OR 97759
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Bend, OR
1) Take US-20 West about 45 miles
2) Turn left (south) on Big Lake Road, continue about 3 miles.
3) Staging areas are on the right (west).


Contact InfoCentral Oregon OHV Operations
1230 NE 3rd Street Suite A-262
Bend, OR 97701
(541) 383-4010
Comment24-Hour OHV Trail Hotline
Contact InfoWillamette National Forest - Mckenzie River Ranger District
57600 Mckenzie Hwy
Mckenzie Bridge, OR 97413
(541) 822-3381
Contact InfoOregon ATV Safety Education Card
(877) 772-3359
Contact InfoOregon State Parks Online Store
725 Summer Street NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301
(800) 551-6949


Santiam Pass Trail Photo

Santiam Pass OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 1/22/2017 (Thanks!)

Santiam Pass Trail Photo

Santiam Pass OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/9/2017 (Thanks!)

Santiam Pass Trail Photo

Santiam Pass OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 9/7/2014 (Thanks!)

Santiam Pass Trail Photo

Santiam Pass OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/22/12 (Thanks!)

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