Goodnight Sisters: Camp Creekside In The Oregon Cascades
The City of Sisters OR is s small town on the eastern approach to the Oregon Cascades, 20 minutes or so from Bend. It has lush, green, parks and public spaces. It’s also “high desert”, well-sprinkled with red-barked ponderosa pines, and tinderbox dry. It can keep you in adventure-pleasure for days.
Sisters has places to relax, places to shop, places to explore, and places to sleep. And, Sisters’ best kept secret might be its in-town, budget-friendly campground. They call it Sisters Creekside Campground.
Let’s check it out
Sisters Creekside Campground is on the east edge of town. There are two ways to enter in a car, so if you miss one, keep going and scoot in the other one. A map is always helpful for this kind of stuff.
Appearances may be a little deceptive, because the campground is flanked by a very green little park with picnic area. There may be no camping accoutrements immediately obvious, but no worries. See the cute little covered bridge crossing the creek? That’s going to be your shortcut when you walk into town. Sisters Creekside Campground is just on the other side.
So mosey your rig around to a vehicle entrance, and pull on in.
Inside Sisters Creekside Campground
The sites at Sisters’ campground are not what you might call spacious (translation: microscopic), but everything seems so well-intentioned. The lawns are trimmed, the other campers always seem to be a friendly bunch, the dogs are cute, people are quiet at night, and the aroma of frying bacon begins the day. And then, of course, there are the showers, always a major plus for dusty car travelers.
Just to be sure you get a spot, you might want to make a reservation in advance, and don’t forget the magic word “senior”.
Reserve for several nights. There are special events during the summer: this is lollygagging at its best in the Oregon Cascades. Plan in advance to admire the outdoor quilt show and scream at the annual rodeo, but there’s so much else to do, and with no planning at all. For instance, Sisters has a network of mountain biking/walking trails right in town. From the campground, you can get there on two feet or two wheels.
Nearby in the Oregon Cascades
There are spectacular drives into the mountains and fun sightseeing over in Bend and beyond. See How To Make Your Day At Newberry National Volcanic Monument OR and the Lava River Cave. Right out of Sisters? Get a whole day’s adventuring from Oregon Cascades 101, All In A Day: Sisters OR.
Don’t forget your NPS Senior Pass, though.
In Oregon, it substitutes for required parking permits in the mountains and will get you into several federal attractions.
While in Sisters, be prepared to get up close and personal with a deer or two or three. Sisters Creekside Campground, like every neighborhood in town, is a great place for critters as well as humans to laze around and nose out a good meal.
The campground has a range of hookup offerings and an RV dump.
Internet is available at Sisters’ Village Green City Park. Sit in your dusty car and catch up on your emails.
Now, go check out the llamas, the 3 sisters, and the Metolius.
If you need another place to camp
Photo credits: Featured image, Sisters sign: CC BY-SA 2.0 by m01229 via Flickr. Top panel…. Bridge in Creekside Park: CC BY-SA 4.0 by Orygun via Wikimedia; Deer in Sisters: CC BY 2.0 by Oregon Department of Forestry via Flickr. Sisters Creekside Campground: CC BY-SA 4.0 by Orygun via Wikimedia. Oregon Cascades, Downtown Sisters during Outdoor Quilt Show: CC0 by Mfsmith via Wikimedia Commons. Rodeo Parade: CC BY 2.0 by Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia. North and Middle Sister: CC BY 2.0 by Eric Paradis via Flickr.