Plan Your Visit To
La Pine, Oregon
With a population of fewer than 2,500, La Pine seems like an unlikely gateway to some of Central Oregon’s most popularoutdoor destinations. But what the city lacks in size, it makes up for with close proximity to several trips’ worth of recreation—from the nearby Newberry National Volcanic Monument to the chilly waters of Wickiup Reservoir. And even after you’ve enjoyed a day outdoors, the city still has plenty of hidden gems—ranging from small-batch distilleries to up-and-coming dispensaries—that invite visitors to linger a little longer.
Here’s a rundown of things to do in La Pine, where to go nearby, and how to have a fun adventure on your next visit to the city (named, yes, for the surrounding stands of ponderosa pine).
Map of La Pine, Oregon
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High Desert Museum Admission
This unique museum reveals the natural world and cultural history of the Wests High Desert region through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs, and meaningful history. Whether you're a local or planning to visit Bend Oregon, discover why we're a top-rated Thing to Do in Bend by TripAdvisor!The Museum is just 5 minutes south of Bend or 10 minutes north of Sunriver on Highway 97, but it feels like stepping into a different time and place. Get a close-up view of native wildlife from river otters, porcupines to birds of prey. See art through a different lens. Chat with historic characters who share tales of early Oregon explorers and settlers. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Learn about Native American culture and history, and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs. You'll be glad you came!
Bend Brew Bus
Let us take you behind the scenes to witness Bend’s brewing and artisan distilling cultures. Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier provider of craft beverage tours in the Bend, Oregon area! Tasting, enjoying friends, comfort and safety are what you can expect on this trail of sipping adventure. Naturalist Guided Experience: With 20+ local craft breweries, Bend is a Beer Mecca! Join Wanderlust Tours on an epicurean expedition that offers tasty samples and insight into the process of beer making. Your expert beer guides will provide personally tailored information about fermentation science.Breweries: Tour three breweries, with a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process with light appetizers at one stop. Each Bend Brew Bus tour is unique, visiting different locally partnered breweries in the area.If you like what you're seeing but want a little more variety, we recommend The Local Pour, where you can sample an array of Bend’s best craft beverages: spirits, ciders, specialty cocktails, and more!Our Common Goal of Environmental Care: We live, visit and play in Bend because of its physical beauty. Wanderlust Tours donates for every person who participates on this tour to Pledge for the Wild. These funds help support the interconnected habitat for all who rely on it.
Full Day Walk-In Upper Deschutes River
Full Day Walk-In: Upper Deschutes River
Snowcat Ride And $35 Dining Certificate
Get outside with your friends for a unique winter experience with Elk Lake Resort’s Snowcat. Just park your car at Dutchman Flats Snow Park and we will get you through the snow-blanketed terrain along the scenic Cascade Lakes Highway. When you are booked on our Snowcat, you can use your $35 dining certificate and reconnect with friends and family over good food, drinks, and conversation. After the dining experience, hop back on the Snowcat for another peaceful ride back to Dutchman Flats. *DOES NOT include special holiday meals such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day.
Good Bike Rental
Bicycle rental includes tool kit, spare tube, and helmet.
Local Pour Craft Beverage Tour
Let us take you behind the scenes to witness Bend’s brewing and artisan distilling cultures.Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier provider of craft beverage tours in the Bend, Oregon area! Tasting, enjoying friends, comfort and safety are what you can expect on this trail of sipping adventure. Naturalist Guided Experience: Bend’s locally owned pour houses provide tantalizing tastes for the curious tongue! Did you know Bend is home to artisan distilleries, cideries, wineries, and kombucha breweries? Join us on a Local Pour adventure to try delectable samples and see behind-the-scenes at a local production facility— get the best of all taste-bud-arousing worlds in this immersive craft beverage tour!Libation Stops: Your professional guide will provide insights into the processes of distillation, fermentation, and the craft of libation production. Each Local Pour Tour is unique, visiting our partners at their availability. Your expert guides will provide personally tailored information about fermentation science.Three pour houses, with a behind-the-scenes look and light appetizers at one stop.
Singletrack Sampler Half Day Guided Ride
Please see the COVID 19 guidelines that we are following to stay in compliance with the Oregon Health Authority.Bend Oregon is home to some of the best mountain biking in the nation. We have hundreds of miles of trail to share with you, and this ride combines the best of what Central Oregon has to offer. From the world-famous Phil’s Trail to lesser-known singletracks loved by locals—shhh, don’t tell—we will handpick a sampling of trails based on your desires. Looking for a fast-flowing descent? We’ve got it. Want to improve your skills on technical rocky sections? We have that too. Searching for that perfect ride? Let us help.These rides are custom designed as we put riders of similar skill levels together for a half-day shred. This is a great ride for the solo rider, the mountain biking family, or for a group of buddies that regularly ride together. We’ll make sure your time with us is optimized for maximum fun and trail time!
$64 - $150
Night Photography Tour
Since Bend is located in such an amazing spot with hardly any ambient light, it lends itself 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
Visit Erickson Aircraft Collection
Recommended by TRIP ADVISOR, The Erickson Aircraft Collection proudly displays a vintage aircraft collection started by Jack Erickson in 1983. This collection features over twenty rare aircraft, most of which are still in flying condition. P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, Ki43 Hayabusa, F4U Corsair, SBD Dauntless, Grumman Duck, and B-17 Flying Fortress are some of the ones included in this one-of-a-kind collection.
Things to Do in La Pine, Oregon
Whenever you visit, you’re never short on fun things to do in La Pine, Oregon. Here’s a rundown of some of the city’s most popular activities all year long.
While the night away: La Pine boasts several bars and tasting rooms with atmospheres ranging from relaxed and laid back to boisterous and lively. Legend Cider, for instance, is the city’s first cidermaker—and pours a variety of fun, fruity flavors; its outdoor space hosts a few food carts and offers plenty of room to stretch out. Just down the highway, Vic’s Bar & Grill is a rollicking roadhouse that hosts live music, elevated pub grub (from massive burgers to broasted chicken), pool tables, darts, and more. For more on nightlife around town, check out our page on bars in La Pine, Oregon.
Play a few holes: La Pine sits just 15 minutes south of the public Quail Run Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course that offers plenty of fun for golfers of all abilities. Four sets of tees create course lengths from 5,400 to more than 6,800 yards—and views range from bucolic forested settings to wide-open panoramas of nearby peaks and hillsides. And if you’re looking to hit the links elsewhere around the region, we have plenty of information on golfing in Central Oregon.
Sample spirits from Badlands Artisan Distillery: Since 2020, Badlands Artisan Distillery has taken a creative approach to crafting its unconventional spirits—like a sweet vodka made with plum and sloe berries, and a vodka finished in repurposed wine barrels. Find its spirits at bars and stores around town, or pick up a bottle from Badlands’ production facility. For more on craft spirits around town, learn more about distilleries in La Pine, Oregon.
Dig into a filling meal: Whether spending the night nearby or passing through, chances are good you’ll want to kick back with some grub in La Pine. Fortunately, several restaurants offer a variety of cuisines—including Ponderosa Pizza Parlor (which serves pies piled high in a classic pizza parlor setting) and Cinco de Mayo (home to creative margaritas and filling chile rellenos since 1995). No matter what sounds good, read up on restaurants in La Pine, Oregon.
Check out La Pine’s dispensaries: Despite its relative size and rural location, La Pine boasts three marijuana dispensaries around town. Since 2015, for instance, HD Botanicals has employed friendly budtenders who can offer personalized recommendations on flower, pre-rolls, vaporizers, edibles, and other products; the dispensary even offers a drive-thru lane where visitors on the go can pick up their pre-ordered product. Learn more about dispensaries in La Pine, Oregon.
Top Areas to Check Out Near La Pine, Oregon
La Pine is a fun destination in its own right, but the city also serves as a waypoint for visitors exploring the nearby Cascades, alpine lakes, Newberry Volcano, and more. Here are a few fun day trips or overnight outings for exploring the landscapes surrounding La Pine.
Newberry National Volcanic Monument: Check out the Newberry National Volcanic Monument for a look at 500,000 years of Central Oregon history. Spread across the monument’s 57,400 acres are dozens of explosive attractions—including the Lava Butte cinder cone, the eerie Lava Cast Forest, the mile-long Lava River Cave, Newberry Caldera, the other-worldly Big Obsidian Flow, and the 80-foot Paulina Falls. Within the Newberry Caldera (the centerpiece of the monument) sit six tent and RV campgrounds with shoreline camping, boat ramps, and restrooms—just in case you need another day or two to see it all.
LaPine State Park: Just 15 minutes north of town and set in a forest of ponderosa pine, LaPine State Park is an idyllic basecamp for year-round outdoor recreation. Summer means exploring the mountain biking and hiking trails that run through the park, standing at the foot of “Big Tree” (the largest in Oregon), floating the Deschutes River, or staying the night in the park’s nearly 130 campsites (in addition to 10 log cabins); in winter, visitors cross-country ski and snowshoe the park’s trails, which occasionally afford dramatic views of nearby Cascade peaks. Discover LaPine State Park, and learn more about other national and state parks in Central Oregon.
Wickiup Reservoir: Just a half-hour west of town, Wickiup Reservoir offers some of Central Oregon’s best fishing and wildlife-viewing. Anglers love trying to catch brown trout (which can reach 20 pounds or more in early spring), kokanee, and coho salmon in the reservoir’s cool, deep channels—while wildlife around the reservoir includes several species of gull, sandpipers, falcons, deer, elk, raccoons, and bats.
More stories from La Pine
More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.
The Scenic Waterfalls in Central Oregon
Is there anything more satisfying—anything more awe-inspiring—than gazing upon a thundering waterfall, its raging waters tumbling over ancient rock walls? Does it get any better than seeing a waterfall reach full boil in the midst of an otherwise quiet river as it crashes through a rock-lined canyon?
Great Getaways: Newberry Country
When plunging into a multi-day adventure in Central Oregon, the number of choices can be well, overwhelming. There is just so much to do in this four-season playground that a traveler can be forgiven for suffering from a little indecision. One strategy is to break down the area by geography, clustering activities together that are within striking distance of a home base, be it a hotel, cabin, or RV parking spot.
Newberry Crater: Ancient Attraction is an Activity Hub
It’s hard to believe, but 25 years ago, the volcanic features that make up Newberry National Volcanic Monument weren’t protected. If it wasn’t for a group of concerned Central Oregonians, the monument wouldn’t exist. “In the late 80s, at the time, the collaborative process we see today for land-use planning just wasn’t as common.
Central Oregon Golf: Best Par 3s
Play a good golf course and chances are that when you’re back at the 19th hole, you’re talking about the Par 3s. The short one you made double on. The bear where you snaked in a 20-footer for your only birdie all month. They’re the “short” holes that can make or break a round. Some of the signature holes on the Central Oregon Golf Trail are Par 3s. Here’s a look at some of the best.
Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trail Guide
The Central Oregon mountain bike scene is 300 miles of diverse singletrack through high alpine forests and sagebrush dotted deserts from Madras to La Pine, Sisters to Prineville. Bulletin newspaper reporter Mark Morical has ridden just about every one of the trails you’ll find on any mountain bike trail map – and he’s written about his experience.
Central Oregon Winter Adventures
When the snow flies, Central Oregon shines. All you have to do is choose your adventure.
Central Oregon Hiking Trails
Head east on Highway 20 (Greenwood Avenue) to the Pilot Butte State Park. The parking area and trailhead are just east of the butte. Walk on either the nature trail or the paved road. The road is also for vehicle traffic, weather permitting. It is a wonderful viewpoint for the entire Bend area. This hiking trail is one of the most popular in Central Oregon.