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Sitting along the Deschutes River at the northern edge of Central Oregon, the city of Maupin feels like a mirage in more ways than one. For starters, the city is located largely at the base of the Deschutes River canyon, flanked on either side by dusty rock walls and rolling hills—so it’s entirely possible to approach the top of the canyon (just five minutes from downtown Maupin) and not realize the city is even there.
In another sense, the sheer volume of outdoor recreation in and around Maupin, coupled with its never-ending natural beauty, lends a “mirage”-like vibe to your experiences around town. Go white water rafting in the Deschutes River’s famed rapids, fish for redsides in its crystal-clear waters, and top it all off with a locally sourced meal or regionally brewed pint in the midst of the charming community. Whatever your day outdoors looks like, you’ll find plenty to enjoy around Maupin—even if you can’t quite convince yourself it’s not a mirage.
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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.
Besides comfort, the Day Dock provides some privacy for you and your group. It is your own private "beach." Includes BBQ, tables and chairs for 32, umbrellas, changing rooms, day bed, and an upper deck with a stellar view. Dogs are allowed! The Day Dock stays tied to the shore for easy access to bathroom facilities at the resort. There's a ladder on the swim dock and plenty of cleats to tie up your water toys, boats, and kayaks.
$300 - $400
Shoes, Brews & Views Snowshoe Tours
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for snowshoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us to go splashing through the powdery snow in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, Oregon. Bend? You mean where incredible beer is brewed for sipping splendor? YES!Naturalist Guided Experience: Shoes, Brews and Views says it all- snowshoe to a serene spot, sip suds in true Bend fashion and wonder at inspiring views while at it! This is the Bend lifestyle in which our tour will fill your spirit and mind. Following animal tracks, eating some lichens and running downhill in playful powder demands tasty libations as a reward- whether a locally crafted hopped beverage or root beer for the kids it all goes down well in the forest surrounded by visually splendid peaks. And get this connection, the no-impact-nature of our snowshoe tour produces no adverse affect on what becomes the water for the beer you drink on this experience. Baby, that’s goodness! Location: Snowshoeing tours take place in the areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. New to off-trail snowshoeing? Let Wanderlust Tours do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks. All tours include instruction. Wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on our tours. Please reach out to Ponderosa Paws for your dog-sitting needs.
$70 - $100
City Commuter Bike Rental
The Pedego City Commuter is a complete package. It includes everything you could possibly want in an electric bike, all in one place for a reasonable price.A Pedego electric bike rental is the very best way to experience Bend and beyond! The nearby bike trails are safe and breathtakingly beautiful.Visitors always say it’s the most fun and memorable activity of their trip. And locals are surprised to find such an amazing experience right in their own backyard.Wherever you’re from, we’ll bend over backward to make sure you leave with a giant smile on your face!We deliver and pick up for Rentals watch for upcoming Rental Tent Locations. Let have some social distancing” FUN ”Locks and helmets are included with every rental.
$40 - $100
$149 Bungee Jump
Welcome to Central Oregon Bungee Adventures, the premier bungee jumping operation in the United States!Established in 2015, Oregon Bungee is the brain child of long time Bend resident James Scott. Scott, a long time BASE jumper, skydiver and bungee jumper, is excited to bring his flavor of fun to the Central Oregon region.Located at the high bridge in beautiful PS Ogden State Park, the bungee site offers stunning views of the Crooked River Gorge and Cascade Mountains. A typical season runs from May through October, weather permitting.Please call ahead or check this website for reservations and availability information. Thanks for visiting, we hope to see you on the bridge soon!
Deschutes River Photo Tour
Running through the middle of Bend, the Deschutes River offers plenty of amazing photo ops. Starting in town we will either head Dowtown Bend, to Dillon Falls or start at Shevlin Park and explore. This tour can include some moderate walking. 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 1 hr at each location.Tour Price: $299 up to 2 people
Cascades Ring Of Fire Helicopter Tour
Fly with us to all the great locations around Bend and the Cascade Range. Tour highlights include Broken Top, Lava Lands State Park, Mt Bachelor, Tumalo Falls, The Old Mill and more! Year Round Tours and Adventures in Bend, Oregon Helicopter tours in Bend allow you to see more and go further. Our Cascades Ring of Fire Helicopter Tour is an unforgettable 80 mile scenic helicopter adventure for Bend visitors who want to experience as much of our magnificent snow-capped Cascade Range as possible. Paired with a complimentary wine tasting and bottle of wine after your flight, we have your day of exploring Bend covered.On this spectacular mountain helicopter tour you’ll soon be flying with us above the summits of Bend, with gorgeous views of snow-capped Cascade Mountains stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, Broken Top, and Mount Bachelor. It’s scenic flying that will leave you with lasting memories. Fly Bend, Oregon’s Cascade RangeOur Cascades helicopter tours showcase the unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. In fact all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. You’ll be front and center in your own private helicopter to see the after effects of our last “big one” at Broken Top Mountain 100,000 years ago, revealing the colorful insides of our very own complex stratovolcano and high altitude glacial lake at 10,000 feet.While Broken Top Mt is our local volcanic star on this helicopter tour, two well known stratovolcanoes are Krakatoa, best known for its catastrophic eruption in 1883 and Vesuvius, famous for its destruction of the towns Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE.You’ll also fly in your own private helicopter over our local lakes and streams that feed into the mighty Columbia River flowing to the Pacific 300 miles away. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt St Helens to our north remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.The Helicopter TourOur Ring of Fire Helicopter Tours depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon the tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, The Old Mill and the Deschutes River as well as soaring volcanic peaks. The tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned green R44 helicopters with wraparound windows. These aircraft have been designed for sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications. Wine Tasting & Bottle of Wine Included We know you’re in Bend for a few days, so please enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine on us and a wine tasting at Va Piano Vineyard tasting room in The Old Mill. Walla Walla Washington (we love saying that) Va Piano Vineyards set up shop here in Bend at a lovely tasting room overlooking the Deschutes River. The perfect location to sample regional wines in Bend after a day of play. Our way of saying…welcome to Bend! Helicopter Tour Gift Certificates Corporate gift giving, holidays and birthdays means exciting gift certificates for Bend’s best scenic helicopter flights and tours through the stunning Cascade Range and beyond. Book your helicopter tour today and give the gift of exciting memories to those you love on this amazing year round helicopter tour. Guaranteed good weather flights. You’ll love getting up close to Mt. Bachelor and the Cascades. Breathtaking views on your own private helicopter are all yours to discover.
Cascade Lakes Brews & Views Canoe
Taste locally crafted beers and canoe the Cascade Lakes!Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for canoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range. Naturalist Guided Experience: Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and sun, you’ll come to know our local beer scene through the sense of taste! Plus what a super time for the whole family to swim in our mountain lakes. You may also learn about the indigenous people who called Bend home and how they used the mountains and lakes for their livelihoods over 1000’s of years. Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour.Location: Wear your swimsuit for a refreshing dip along with eco-friendly sunscreen! You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. With sweeping views of our local mountains, our Bend, Oregon canoe tours have it all!OUR COMMON GOAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CAREWe live, visit and play in Bend because of its physical beauty. Wanderlust Tours donates $1 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.
$70 - $100
A unique, 1 hr floating, fusion workout combined with deep stretching. Group games and fun time on the JDSUP floating class barge as well as guided floating meditation. After class, you can paddle on the only paddleboard in the world that connects your board with your friends board so you can explore a bit of Elk Lake together! This is a Group Paddle class that can take up to a total of 6 participants at one time. Each participant will have a board between them and the next participant so that everyone can feel safe about social distancing. The tour boards connect together and the instructors, Shondra or JD, will guide the connected group of boards to a designated area in the lake for group meditation, fun workout, and stretch and mobility activities.
Things to Do in Maupin, Oregon
Maupin is home to just 500 year-round residents—but that sparse population betrays an outsized number of outdoor recreation opportunities around town (not to mention a few outstanding eateries for when you need to refuel after a day in the sun). Here’s a quick rundown of fun things to do in Maupin, Oregon.
Have an epic rafting adventure: Making its way north through Maupin, the Lower Deschutes River churns through town (and the surrounding high desert landscape) with class I-IV rapids—making it suited to paddlers of all skill levels. Four outfitters offer boat rentals, another handful offer point-to-point shuttle service, and around 10 showcase the Deschutes River on guided trips tailored to your experience and appetite for thrills. Want to dig deeper into our region’s famous rafting scene—both in Maupin and beyond? We’ve got you covered with the skinny on white water rafting in Central Oregon, not to mention a primer on the rivers of Central Oregon.
Try to catch Maupin’s famous redsides: Maupin isn’t just famous for white water rafting; its fly-fishing brings visitors from around the world in search of rainbow trout (running at their peak April-June and known locally as “redsides”), summer steelhead (mid-July through late September), and chinook (at their peak May-July and September-October). A handful of local guide services are happy to show you the ropes, share fruitful fishing spots, and assist with gear and permits. Of course, Maupin is just one of many world-class angling destinations around the region; learn more about fishing in Central Oregon.
Chase waterfalls: Just 15 minutes north of town sits White River Falls State Park, the heartbeat of which is a waterfall that plunges 90 feet over a basalt cliff in the midst of a rocky amphitheater. A short, steep trail heads to the base of the falls—and past a hydroelectric plant that supplied power to nearby communities between 1910 and 1960. The waterfall reaches its thundering peak in spring but can be viewed year-round from an overlook near the parking area. Elsewhere nearby, Sherars Falls offers a glimpse at the Deschutes River’s raging thrills next to a fish ladder (where you might spy leaping steelhead in summer and Chinook in fall); the falls have been used for centuries by anglers with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. If you’re interested in exploring other parks in the area, check out our page about national and state parks in Central Oregon.
Fuel up after a day outdoors: A day outdoors isn’t over until you’ve sat down for that first, filling meal afterward; fortunately, Maupin offers plenty of eateries for indulging after a few hours on the water. The Riverside, for instance, boasts upscale takes on American classics with salads, sandwiches, and hearty entrées (think macaroni and cheese, ribs, and steak); outdoor seating, live music, and a full bar add to the atmosphere. And if you’re looking to make dinner back at camp or have a picnic along the Deschutes, stop into Maupin Market—which boasts a full-service deli, snacks, fresh produce, and an on-site liquor store. For other ideas, learn more about restaurants in Maupin, Oregon.
Kick up your feet: Maupin is home to a handful of bars that embody the town’s relaxed, yet fun-loving vibe. Imperial Bar & Grill, for instance, offers an extensive wine list, a food menu that sources ingredients from Oregon whenever possible, live music, spacious outdoor seating, and more. And for a classic, small-town bar experience, stop by Rainbow Tavern—which brings together a friendly atmosphere, classic pub grub (including homemade french fries), and strong drinks under one roof. If you’re looking for other watering holes, check out our page about bars in Maupin, Oregon.
Where to Stay in Maupin, Oregon
You won’t find any big-name hotel chains in Maupin; in their place, rather, are locally run outposts that cater to the active traveler with a down-home environment, wide range of amenities, and easy access to the Deschutes River. (In some cases, the river can be reached simply by walking outside your room.) So while you’re planning your next trip, here are a few of our favorite places to stay the night around Maupin.
Oasis Cabin Resort: Sitting just across the street from the Deschutes River, the recently remodeled Oasis Cabin Resort has been welcoming visitors since 1915; once constructed as a collection of temporary lodgings for nearby rail workers, the resort today offers 10 charming cabins, an outdoor fire pit, a historic diner (dishing up mouth-watering burgers and decadent milkshakes), and occasional live music on the lawn. Whether you’re staying at the Oasis or are in town for the day, don’t miss your chance to get a photo in front of the “Greetings from Maupin” mural, part of the Central Oregon Mural Trail, next to the resort’s live music stage.
River Run Lodge: Resting in the heart of Maupin is River Run Lodge, which offers a handful of comfortable rooms with a suite of amenities—including private bathrooms, heat and air conditioning, satellite television, Wi-Fi, and a massive common area (which comes with a full kitchen, dining room table, and spacious living room area). In summer, the lodge even offers a shaded courtyard and grill that’s free for guests to use.
Imperial River Co.: The rafting outfitter doesn’t just host a great experience on the Deschutes River; it offers a comfortable, pet-friendly place to rest next to the river, as well. The Imperial River Co. lodge offers 25 rooms (16 of which boast Deschutes River views) with jetted tubs, vaulted ceilings, patios and decks, board games and books in the lobby, and lawn games and a fire pit in the outdoor area.
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