FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where is the Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center located in Prineville?

The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce office is located at 185 NE 10th Street (Corner of 10th and Main).  Click here for directions to the Chamber.

From Madras (West Hwy. 26) or Redmond (Hwy. 126):

  • As you enter Prineville, continue on Hwy 26. Turn left on to Main street and continue on Main street until you reach 10th street. Turn right onto 10th street and then turn into the first left driveway.

From Mitchell (East Hwy 26):

  • As you enter Prineville, continue on Hwy 26. Turn right on to Main street and continue on Main street until you reach 10th street. Turn right onto 10th street and then turn into the first left driveway.

How much snow and rain does Prineville-Crook County get?

There are approximately 11″ of rainfall and between 9″ to 14″ of snowfall each year. Half of the precipitation falls between the months of October and February, and much of the precipitation is experienced as snow in the higher elevations.

Does the Chamber own sites where we can go rock hounding?

No, the Chamber no longer owns claims to property where people can rock hound. These claims were given to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) many years ago. These lands are open to the public and accessible anytime throughout the year (weather permitting). For more information, please visit our Rock Hounding page under the Vacation section.

Can we rock hound year-round?

Depending upon the weather, there are some locations that are open all year. However, many of the best locations are in mountainous terrain where early and late snowfall can make the sites unreachable. Please contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304 or the BLM at 541-416-6700 for weather conditions before you venture out.