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Fall in Love: Experience Autumn in Central Oregon

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When summer ends, a whole new season of opportunity begins: Autumn in Central Oregon.

The pace slows giving time to reflect and savor mother nature’s big show. During fall on the High Desert, you can stroll through Aspen Tree groves lit up like the last seconds of a fleeting sunset.

Or hike to the top of a mountain for a panoramic view that will make you remember what it feels like to truly be alive.

Around Central Oregon, we cherish the different seasons, because it refocuses our views of and love for the same spectacular spots.

Slip down the Deschutes River during the fall and you’ll have it all to yourself. Hop on a horse and go for a trot through unmanicured forests full of life altering moments of peace and quiet. Or hike to a waterfall like Paulina Falls where the rush of crystal clear water cascading over cliffs will ignite your senses.

The best part about adventuring on crisp fall days is warming up by the fire, craft beer in hand and with 29 breweries and counting spread out across Central Oregon, you won’t have any problem finding the perfect spot to reminisce about your experience.

Mackenzie Wilson
Mackenzie Ballard
Mackenzie Ballard is COVA's Marketing Manager and in-house videographer. She came to COVA after more than 5 years in front of a camera working as a TV journalist. Her true passion is writing. Growing up in Sandpoint, Idaho – Mackenzie spent her summers boating on Lake Pend Oreille and winters snowboarding Schweitzer. After graduating from the University of Idaho, Mackenzie tested out city-life in Portland; but bumper-to-bumper traffic and the rain finally took their toll on her and she packed up and headed to the High Desert. Now, it’s hard to get her to leave Bend, even just for the weekend. There are just too many amazing hikes, bike rides and camping spots to take advantage of in Central Oregon to go elsewhere.