While camping is not allowed within the three units of the monument, there are many nearby campgrounds. Some have full service amenities, some are quiet and remote, some are in the forest, and some are right on the John Day River.
John Day Regional Camping and Services
Camping and Services Map (pdf) 371kb
Side one shows a map of the known campgrounds near the three units of the monument as well as services available in towns. Side two shows detailed campground information, and other services, as well as contact information for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and US Forest Service. Note that some businesses shown may not be open seven days per week or have limited hours or operating seasons.
Dispersed camping is allowed on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) lands without a permit, but it is recommended that campers obtain a map that shows current property boundaries. Please contact the BLM or the USFS for more information.
The Malheur National Forest offers a camping map. Look for the Highlights section and click on "Camping Map."