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Tumalo Falls – A Frozen Feast for the Eyes in Central Oregon

With a drop of 97 feet, Tumalo Falls is both the tallest and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek in Bend and a feast for the eyes come winter when the water freezes over.

Tumalo Falls in Winter
Courtesy: Tyson Gillard

Tumalo Falls, located just a couple miles from downtown Bend, is truly one of the most spectacular features in Central Oregon. And while the 97-foot falls provide a majestic view in the spring, summer and fall, it might just be at its most breathtaking beauty during winter when it freezes over.

Tumalo Falls is both the tallest and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek in Bend. Visitors can hike up the trail for a fantastic viewpoint, or stay near the parking area for more perspective. The day-use area is a popular spot for picnics and serves as a launching point for mountain bikers hitting the miles of singletrack nearby.

Our friends at Outdoor Project headed out for a snowshoe hike/XC ski adventure at the falls after a recent heavy snow in Bend. You can read their account, check out a field guide and map and see more photos here.

For more on hiking at the falls during the summer, check out this blog post. 

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The Central Oregon Visitors Association (COVA) is the "Official" Tourism Information Resource for Central Oregon, including the communities of Bend, Sunriver, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Crooked River Ranch, Terrebonne, Culver and Black Butte Ranch. Most of the stories posted online can be found in the Official Central Oregon Visitors Guide.