The spectacular Bruneau Canyon, in Southern Oregon, is 1300 feet wide, 800 feet deep, 60 miles long and home to bighorn sheep and antelope. Bruneau Canyon is one big hole in the ground rivaling nearby Hell’s Canyon and others. There is one road accessible overlook from which to view the canyon. The BLM sign erected at the overlook in part states, “You are a long way from anywhere. This is some of the most isolated country anywhere. Be safe and be smart.” Just getting there is an adventure in safety as the road crosses a bombing range with a sign warning, “objects may fall from aircraft”! It doesn’t state if those objects are bombs or airplane parts traveling at terminal velocity, but for those of us negotiating the road, it reminds us to hurry along and be vigilant. An added bonus to being a long way from anywhere, falling objects, wildlife and a great view is the area open to boondocking! The area is controlled by the BLM and standard dispersed camping rules apply. Traversing a bombing range to boondock “a long way from anywhere”, just another adventure in RVing! Be safe and be smart if you go.
A short video of the canyon can be view here.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.
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