Free Guided Snowshoe Tours: Educational Exercise at Mt. Bachelor

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One of the unheralded aspects of Mt. Bachelor is the ski area is full of activities for everyone – not just thrill seekers on skis and snowboards.

To add a little education to your exercise, the Deschutes National Forest and Discover Your Forest is offering FREE guided snowshoe tours at Mt. Bachelor through March.

It’s a great way to learn about the geology, ecology and wildlife of the Cascades from the folks who know the area best – official park rangers. You’ll also get some good snowshoe skill lessons – and snowshoes are provided at no charge. (Donations are accepted, to help fund Discover Your Forest, a volunteer-based program.) Hear from one of the snowshoe guides in this story from The Bulletin. 

During holiday (school) breaks, the tours happen daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Otherwise, the tours are on weekends. There are no tours on Easter Sunday.

Tours will start at the U.S. Forest Service snowshoe hut in Mt. Bachelor’s West Village. For more info, check out Mt. Bachelor’s snowshoeing page or visit Discover Your Forest at

Contact: Snowshoe with a Ranger Hotline, 541-383-4055, for up-to-date tour information; Discover Your Forest, 541-383-4771,, for more detailed information or to schedule a group tour.

Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.