Central Oregon Gateway to Summer

Tumalo Falls in Central Oregon

Sure, there’s still some white to be had atop Mt. Bachelor and some of the higher Cascade peaks. And some of the upper elevation mountain bike trails are still dotted with pockets of snow. But the transition to summer is full speed ahead in Central Oregon.

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The ski area is closed for the moment – having ended the season with the North American Pond Skimming Championships . But it’s quickly transforming into a downhill mountain biker’s dream that’ll open in early July. Pull the water skis out of storage and head over to Cove Palisades State Park and Lake Billy Chinook, or head up higher to Elk Lake Resort, which has shaken off its winter coat and is ready for camping, canoeing, kayaking and sailboating under the sun.

Elk Lake sailboats in Central Oregon

Some of Central Oregon’s best hiking trails will be a popular draw as the days get warmer and longer,  and what better way to wash down your burger than with than a Central Oregon craft beer?

courtesy Mackenzie Wilson
Mackenzie Wilson

If fishing is your thing, trout season is open, there’s live music all over the region.




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