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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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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.
$129 - $240
Basic Skills Kayaking
This Basic Skills Kayaking Class will prepare participants to confidently explore our region’s waterways.The Basic Skills Kayaking Course will prepare you to confidently explore our region's lakes and rivers.A great launching point for the aspiring life-long kayaker. Tumalo Creek’s basic skills kayaking class will prepare you to confidently explore our area lakes and slow moving rivers. Expect to learn comprehensive safety, basic paddle strokes, maneuvering, and simple rescues. Although we encourage you to practice rescues, this course is "challenge by choice" and going for a swim is not required. We only expect that you participate in activities most comfortable for you. This course is a great starting point for beginning kayakers and makes a great refresher for the seasonal paddler.This class is geared towards adults therefore we recommend a minimum age of 15. Please call the shop with any questions.
The story of Central Oregon’s explosive geological history.Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination to explore the belly of a volcano in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this super engaging series of walks inside this massive volcano. Naturalist Guided Experience: At 6,300 feet, our journey will take us to a mountain of pumice and obsidian— black volcanic glass integral to human life! We may explore the shores of the sparkling Paulina Lake where Native Americans once called home. Our knowledgeable guides can introduce you to an old-growth hemlock forest where you’ll see decaying logs that possess more living mass than when the tree was alive and standing. Cool facts like this await illumination on our volcano trip. A combination of short, easy walks totaling just under 2 miles.Our Volcano Tour is the perfect outing for your corporate group or family reunion in Bend, Oregon because it caters to all ability levels!
$75 - $100
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
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
Basic Skills Stand Up Paddleboarding
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.
Cascade Lakes Canoeing
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.
$75 - $100
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
Prohibition Cave Tour
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for cave tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this epic subterranean tour on Bend’s ponderosa pine-studded high desert. Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight sweet bits of these cool caverns that might not initially meet the eye. Naturalist Guided Experience: In 1916, Oregon reinstated Prohibition, (4 years prior to the National Prohibition). But just like today, Oregonians loved their alcohol and had a passion for producing. We will start the tour by exploring a cave in a system known to have been used to distill spirits (illegally)! Scattered around the sage-covered High Desert lie ancient caves, buried by the volcanic upheavals in centuries known to past peoples. Caves: We’ll discover the hidden underground world of these large cool caverns in a way that’s safe and fascinating! Leading small groups with headlamps for all, our guides will provide in-depth interpretation on the formation of the lava tubes, the wildlife habitat inside the caves and the many uses of the caves over time from Native American dwellings to cold storage for early Bend residents. Central Oregon’s caves are delicate ecosystems that few have experienced in this way.Distillery: After caving, we’ll head to a local distillery. Guests will learn both the history and process of distilling (legally). We’ll enjoy local libations and from your most favored spirit we’ve included a happy hour cocktail of your choosing.
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.
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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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The Great Escape to Maupin, Oregon
here’s something special about a river town in summer. The warm-season brims with a heady mix of possibility and memories. The days melt into a haze, merging with the nostalgia of moments past: the sweet scent of barbeque, warm grass and cascading clouds, long days, and youthful nights. The river's surface breaks with the occasional ripple of fish, and days blush into beginning. Maupin, Oregon, with a tiny population of just 450, is mighty in spirit and its love for the water. In Maupin, you’ll find history flirting with ever-present nature, and small-town charm for days. Make this a summer to remember by chasing trails, waterfalls, and rivers in this epic spot along the Deschutes. Ready to plan your great escape? Let’s get to it.
Sherar's Falls Scenic Bikeway
Oregon’s newest scenic bikeway traverses the strikingly scenic high desert canyon of north Central Oregon, known as River Canyon Country.