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The community of Culver started as a post office in 1900, formally incorporated as a city in 1946—and hasn’t changed much in the decades since. Sitting between Redmond and Madras, the cozy community harkens back to Central Oregon’s earlier years with small-town charm to spare. That means fun annual festivals, friendly eateries, and easy access to outdoor recreation.
Given its location, tucked away from US-97, chances are slim you’ll happen to pass through Culver on your next trip through the region. So here are a few reasons why you should get off the beaten path and explore the historic community.
Culver, Oregon Map
Need to find your way around Culver—and to some of the must-see sites outside of town? This map offers an
introduction to Culver and the surrounding region.
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Cascade Lakes Tour (4 Hours)
Cascade Lake Adventure! Amazing Experience through the Cascades of Oregon. Drive or ride in your private Polaris RZR. Outriders will show you the way through the true back country of Central Oregon. The fresh air and beauty of Central Oregon will surround you. Come check out the fascinating terrain of The Deschutes National Forest
Bachelor to Bend Full Day Guided Ride
Mt Bachelor to Bend is one of the most epic mountain bikes rides our area has to offer. Imagine this: crisp mountain air mixed with warm sunshine beaming on you as your guide unloads your bikes at the base of Mt. Bachelor, at the crest of the Cascade Mountains. You grab your hydration pack, strap on your helmet, and prepare to spend the rest of the day on up to 35 miles of sweet singletrack bliss as you make your way back to Bend.This is the most distinctive Central Oregon ride, but know that there are many options. However we get back to Bend, you will sure to experience miles of fast-flowing sections, rocky or rooty sections (if desired), scenic alpine views, forest cruising, and some of the most fun you can have in the area. As we descend in elevation, you’ll experience a change in ecosystems from wide-open Hemlocks to mixed conifer to classic Ponderosa stands. Plus, we’ll eat a tasty lunch on the trail at one of many scenic viewpoints.Can’t get enough of this ride? We highly recommend doing this tour more than once. We will give you a unique route each day with new trails and new scenery.
$100 - $220
Smith Rock Sunset Photo Tour
If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs, hikes and mountain bike trails in the park, so we can often see several climbers as well as some wildlife including golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otters and beavers.This tour can include some moderate hiking, or we can shoot right from the parking lot. We'll show you our favorite shots based on how active you want to be.Private Tour capped at 2 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.You'll have around 2 hrs on location. We'll keep shooting up to 30 mins after sunset. A night photography extension can be added.Tour Price: $299 up to 2 people
Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight
We operate flights from Smith Rock Ranch in Terrebonne OR, about a 30 minute drive north of Bend. When preparing for your flight with us remember to dress warmly and in layers. Early mornings are always cool in the high dessert, but it warms up quickly and you'll want to adjust accordingly. Temperatures in flight are actually much warmer than on the ground. A hat and comfortable shoes or boots are recommended, no open toed shoes or sport sandals.We conduct one flight a day early in the morning when wind conditions are calm and the air is stable. Safety is our top priority, flights are conducted only when the weather and wind conditions are favorable. Departure times vary from 6AM-8AM depending on the time of year. We will check-in with you the night before your scheduled flight to confirm the meeting time and location. we typically like to be in the air within 1 hour of sunrise.Flight time is approximately one hour with the entire experience taking about three hours. We can carry up to six passengers per flight, cost is $275/person for 2 and $250/person when booking 4 or more. Please inquire for private charters. All passengers must sign the Flight Waiver prior to your scheduled flight.
$250 - $275
Night Photography Tour
Since Bend is located in such an amazing spot with hardly any ambient light, it lends it's self to some awesome night photography. Whether it's the milky way, star trails, light writing or the moon... we can target your tour to your specific night photo goals.Private Tour capped at 2 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.Tour Price: $325 up to 2 people
MAIN COURTOur main court has 26 trampolines, and is surrounded on 2 sides by angled trampoline walls. It includes a super-long jumping and tumbling runway. The main court also contains multiple raised and padded features to add to the excitement. We know, it’s awesome.VALOJUMPValoJump is an interactive trampoline game platform that combines the fitness and exercise benefits of a trampoline with high definition graphics and video game play. The player literally jumps into the game to play solo in SkyTails, Trax, and Toy Watch or go head to head with Stomp.EXTREME DODGE ATTACKOur Extreme Dodgeball court, which is made up of 12 connected trampolines with a raised neutral ground in the center and 3 interactive targets. Use the raised neutral ground as an advanced attack position or duck behind it for protection. Whatever you do, come prepared to have some fun and don’t forget to bring your “A Game.”GIANT AIRBAGHave you ever wondered what it would be like to jump and be caught by a cushion of air? We have you covered! Adjacent to the main court is our giant AIRBAG with two entry trampolines, and one with an angled wall so that you can ricochet yourself off of it into the airbag. With our set-up, the options are endless.TODDLER ZONEFinally, we have an area that is just for kids 46 inches and shorter. Kids under the age of 5 are allowed access to the entire park when accompanied by a parent, but this area is designed for tiny people only. Parents are not allowed to jump inside this area but are asked to continue to supervise those kids under age 5. This area of the park has 3 connected trampolines with a mini foam pit and tons of shapes to climb up, on, under, and over. Your little ones are sure to love this area!When you arrive at Mountain Air, just check-in and jump! Here are some tips to ensure your check-in goes smoothly:Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before your jump time begins.Pay attention to the safety video in the lobby and Mountain Air employees when they discuss rules and safety information.Anybody on the jump floor is required to wear trampoline jump socks.We will open our doors 10 minutes before each day’s opening time for those who have booked jump time the first session of the day.You can start jumping at any time. However, to maximize your time, our scheduled jump times start every half-hour throughout the day. If you check-in between scheduled start times, you have the option to begin jumping right away, or wait until the next scheduled start time. If you choose to begin in between scheduled start times, we will not discount your jump rate.No refunds are allowed for for pre-purchased jump tickets. All ticket sales, including group ticket sales, are final. Rescheduling your start time is possible, if necessary, for a different time on the same day, provided we have space to accommodate your number of jumpers at a different time.
$3 - $20
Basic Skills Stand Up Paddleboarding
A great launching point for the aspiring paddleboarder, our basic skills standup paddleboard class will prepare participants to confidently explore our area lakes and rivers.A great launching point for the aspiring paddleboarder, Tumalo Creek’s basic skills standup paddleboard class will prepare participants to confidently explore our region’s flat and moving waterways.In the Basic Skills Standup Class you will learn basic paddle strokes, maneuvers, balance, and safety, all while enjoying the support of expert Tumalo Creek instructors.The basic skills paddleboarding class is suggested for beginner paddlers or for the seasonal paddler in need of a quick refresher.This class is intended for paddlers 15 years of age or older. Please call for additional details or any needed accommodations 541-317-9407.
Full Day Trip: Cascade Lakes
Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range just west of Bend are over 10 quality stillwater fisheries. Couple these unique fly fishing lakes with the nearby streams, creeks, and rivers, and you get a fly fishers dream. Located a short drive from downtown Bend, these lakes range from modest to grand in size. One aspect they all share is beauty. When you visit one of these fly fishing treasures, youll agree.A fly fishing trip to one of the Cascade Lakes is best suited for anglers looking for relatively low impact and highly productive outings. If you are interested in a positive first fishing experience with your son, daughter, or non-angling spouse, consider a trip to East Lake or Lava Lake. During the peak of the season on either lake, we can practically guarantee they catch some fish. Your guide will meet you at the designated location at a predetermined time. Packed with everything you'll need for a successful day of fishing, you will travel with your guide to the lake of choice. A full day trip will span 8 hours for fishing, and includes a lake-side BBQ lunch.
Half Day Boat Trip: Cascade Lakes
A fly fishing trip to one of the Cascade Lakes is best suited for anglers looking for relatively low impact and highly productive outings. If you are interested in a positive first fishing experience with your son, daughter, or non-angling spouse, consider a trip to East Lake or Lava Lake. During the peak of the season on either lake, we can practically guarantee they catch some fish.
Things to Do in Culver, Oregon
The best way to experience Culver is to enjoy the city as the locals do. That means whiling away an afternoon at the park, munching on savory burgers and sandwiches, and attending a beloved community celebration. Here are a few fun things to do in Culver, Oregon.
Get outside at Culver City Park: Who says you need to travel far for outdoor fun? Culver City Park, in the heart of town, hosts a baseball field, basketball hoops, a covered picnic shelter, children’s play area, horseshoe pits, and other fun attractions for the whole family.
Grab a bite to eat: First Avenue runs north-south through Culver—and is home to a handful of restaurants dishing delicious pub grub and classic American fare. Beetle Bailey Burgers, for instance, is a favorite among locals for its wide variety of burgers (with more than a dozen specialties on the menu), as well as sandwiches and fried seafood and chicken items. Another popular stop along First Avenue is Juniper Cove Bar and Grill, which offers steaks, burgers, salads, and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. Is your stomach grumbling yet? Learn more about restaurants in Culver, Oregon.
Check out the Culver Crawdad Festival: Every August, Culver honors the humble crawdad—a small, freshwater crustacean that looks a bit like a lobster—with a community-wide celebration: the Culver Crawdad Festival. The festivities usually include a parade through town, a day-long festival with vendors and live entertainment, and (naturally) a crawdad dinner afterward.
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Things to See in Culver, Oregon
Culver sits in the heart of a fertile valley—and is surrounded by Central Oregon’s high desert. Naturally, there’s plenty of scenic beauty to enjoy around Culver. Here are some of our favorite sites to see in the area.
Take in the High-Desert Views at Haystack Reservoir: Less than 10 minutes southeast of Culver, Haystack Reservoir is a popular springtime and summertime destination. Between April and October, the reservoir is used to store and regulate the delivery of irrigation water to nearby users—and is unsurprisingly popular for its water-based recreation. A fishing platform can be found on the lake’s northwestern shore (rainbow trout and brown trout populate the reservoir, especially in spring and early summer), paddlers enjoy views of the Three Sisters and Mount Jefferson to the west, swimmers appreciate the reservoir’s cool waters at the height of summer, and three campgrounds invite visitors to stay the night.
Enjoy some of Central Oregon’s Best Views at The Cove Palisades State Park: Just 15 minutes west of Culver is The Cove Palisades State Park, a year-round outdoor destination that comprises the scenic Deschutes and Crooked River canyons (good for more than 30 miles of flat-water paddling), two campgrounds, a marina with seasonal boat rentals, several miles of hiking trails, and more—all in the heart of the Central Oregon high desert. One of the park’s more popular hiking trails—the Tam-a-láu Trail—affords views of Lake Billy Chinook (one of the many scenic lakes in Central Oregon), as well as several Cascade peaks to the west. And if you’re looking for other parks around the region, we’ve put together a page on national and state parks in Central Oregon.
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Fall is Prime Time for Central Oregon Fly Fishing for Steelhead on the Deschutes
It’s no accident that the fabled Oncorhynchus mykiss, aka steelhead trout, is dubbed the “fish of a thousand casts” It’s not uncommon for novice steelhead anglers to fish for years without ever tying into, let alone landing, one of these powerful and acrobatic sea-run rainbow trout. There’s also a reason why they keep trying.