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Terrebonne, Oregon

To most visitors, the community of Terrebonne, sitting between Redmond and Madras on US-97, is synonymous with nearby Smith Rock State Park. Just northeast of town, the park is known the world over for its rock climbing routes, scenic hiking trails, striking rock formations, bucolic nature, small campground, and more.

But to leave it there sells short the many attractions in and around Terrebonne (which means “good earth” in French—an apt description, to be sure). Hot air balloon excursions, challenging golf courses, relaxing horseback rides, autumn attractions, and full plates of thoughtfully prepared food await visitors who slow down and spend time around Terrebonne—so here’s a look at what to do on your next visit.

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Caucasian couple looks out over Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Oregon

Things to Do in Terrebonne, Oregon

Terrebonne sits surrounded by scenic high-desert landscapes—and boasts plenty of opportunities for enjoying the views, from hiking trails to hot air balloon rides. And if you’d like to sample a taste of Central Oregon, Terrebonne has you covered. Here’s a guide to things to do in Terrebonne, Oregon.

Visit Smith Rock State Park: Perhaps the most popular outdoor destination in all of Central Oregon, Smith Rock State Park sits just 10 minutes from Terrebonne and is the birthplace of sport climbing in the United States. Nearly 2,000 routes adorn the sun-soaked rock walls around the park, making it a popular year-round challenge for climbing in Central Oregon. In addition, several miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails follow the Crooked River (which flows through the park) and ascend to sweeping viewpoints that show off the Central Oregon expanse. If visiting in spring and summer, try to arrive by 9 a.m.—on a weekday, if possible—to ensure a parking spot and enjoy solitude; fall and winter offer a quieter experience, along with only the occasional dusting of snow. And if you want the skinny on trails at Smith Rock—and elsewhere around the region—learn more about hiking in Central Oregon, and see how to preserve the park’s trails with this short video.

Indulge in Terrebonne’s culinary offerings: Terrebonne hosts a few eateries and pubs that dish a variety of satisfying meals and pour the perfect drink. Perhaps the most famous eatery in town is Terrebonne Depot, serving creative pub grub and elevated American fare (think burgers, sandwiches, rib eye, and fish and chips) in a converted rail depot that dates back to 1911. Another popular stop around town is Pump House Bar and Grill, which boasts your favorite bar food and snacks (from pan-fried oysters and towering plates of nachos to beefy burgers, decadent pasta dishes, and perfectly cooked steaks) along with a full bar and occasional live music. Want to learn more? We have you covered with information on restaurants in Terrebonne, Oregon, as well as bars in Terrebonne, Oregon.

Enjoy a taste of Central Oregon: The Terrebonne area is home to a pair of Central Oregon’s best-known wineries. Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards is named in honor of the Three Sisters mountains, and its vineyards show off sweeping views of the iconic Cascade peaks—creating one of the region’s most dramatic backdrops; the winery’s estate-grown varietals and creative blends include merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and a barbera. And just north of Terrebonne, Maragas Winery embraces organic farming practices to craft numerous European-inspired varietals, including a petit verdot, tempranillo, and chardonnay. Want the skinny on the area’s vineyards and tasting rooms? We’ve got you covered with more on wineries in Terrebonne, Oregon.

Young boy rock climbs at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Oregon
Woman and man walking with glasses of wine at Faith Hope and Charity Vineyards near Terrebonne, Oregon
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Peer into the depths of the Crooked River Canyon: Just five minutes north of Terrebonne is Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint—where drivers can pull over and walk to a viewpoint that affords dramatic views of the Crooked River below. Visitors can walk across a bridge (originally constructed for US-97 but now closed to vehicle traffic) for even better photo ops.

See Central Oregon from a hot air balloon: Our region’s landscapes extend from snow-covered Cascade peaks to old-growth forests to sweeping high desert, so it can be tough to see all that natural beauty in one trip. Big Sky Balloon Co. helps you see it all with hot air balloon flights that depart from the Smith Rock State Park area, just outside Terrebonne, between May and October. On a clear day, 360-degree views along the three-hour adventure cover nine Cascade peaks, numerous cinder cones, and a wide range of wildlife (including bald eagles and red-tailed hawks). If you think you’re ready for a look at the region from high above the treetops, learn more about hot air ballooning in Central Oregon.

Hit the links at Crooked River Ranch: Terrebonne sits just 15 minutes southeast of Crooked River Ranch, a sprawling complex that includes the 18-hole Crooked River Ranch Golf Course. The course boasts sweeping views of the surrounding Crooked River Canyon, along with a challenging fifth hole that forces golfers to shoot across the canyon wall en route to the green. Want to see where else you can tee off around the region? Learn more about golf across Central Oregon.

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Bring the family to a pumpkin patch in Terrebonne: Smith Rock Ranch sits just east of town and produces a mix of carrots, onions, and bluegrass seed—but is best known for growing pumpkins and hosting one of the region’s most celebrated pumpkin patch celebrations every fall. Seasonal highlights leading up to Halloween include pumpkin cannons, a corn maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, an off-leash play area for dogs, face painting, and more. Of course, families can also find the perfect pumpkin to carve back home.

Hop in the saddle: With craggy rock formations, meadows awash in sagebrush, and no shortage of sunshine, Central Oregon can feel at times like the Old West—so embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl and hop in the saddle for a horseback riding tour just outside of Terrebonne. Smith Rock Trail Rides launches each ride from a private ranch, follows the banks of the Crooked River, and affords views of the stunning Smith Rock State Park area; group sizes are limited to four or fewer (which allows for a cozier, more relaxed experience), and rides generally last 1.5 hours. And if you’d like to ride a steed elsewhere around the region, learn more about horseback riding in Central Oregon.

Visit a working alpaca ranch: Just a half-mile south of Terrebonne, Crescent Moon Ranch hosts several alpacas that can be seen up-close all year long. In addition to the ranch itself, visitors can stop by the on-site store, where a variety of items crafted from alpaca fiber are available for purchase. Visit in March and April to see the year’s first babies.

Family feeding alpacas at Crescent Moon Ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon

When to Visit Terrebonne

There’s never a bad time to visit Terrebonne—but a little planning can go a long way. Here’s a guide to enjoying each season around the community.

Spring: The high desert comes alive with wildflower blooms, warmer temperatures (where highs can reach 65-75ºF), and wildlife emerging from a long winter. Most seasonal attractions open for the year in spring.

Fall: Crisp fall days usually bring high temperatures of 50-65ºF, with the season’s first frost usually appearing by October. Sunshine reigns supreme while the Cascades get their first dusting of snow. This may be the best time of year to visit Smith Rock State Park, thanks to pleasant temperatures, predictable weather, and smaller crowds.

Summer: High temperatures can routinely hit 85-90ºF around Terrebonne, and rainfall is almost unheard of. This is the busiest time of year around town, with restaurants routinely filling and Smith Rock State Park receiving its heaviest influx of visitors. Time your outings to early mornings, late afternoons, or even early evenings to enjoy a little solitude.

Winter: High temperatures hover around 40ºF for most of winter, when crisp blue skies abound. Some attractions (such as Big Sky Balloon Co.) may be closed for the season.

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    The Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches in Terrebonne, Oregon

    Nothing signals the coming of fall quite like spending the day at a pumpkin patch. It’s tough to not feel the cozy spirit of the season when you’re solving a festive corn maze while bundled up and sipping a hot apple cider. Pumpkin patches in Central Oregon benefit from our desert climate and still get plenty of sunshine, even in late October. While smaller family farms all around the region will sometimes host fall events, the two most popular pumpkin patches both reside in Terrebonne: the Smith Rock Pumpkin Patch and the DD Ranch Pumpkin Patch.

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    Pumpkin Patches + Petting Zoos = Fall Family Fun

    As soon as the first hint of autumn rolls around, my three kids ask on a regular basis when we can go to the pumpkin patch. This is not simply because they’re eager to gather Halloween décor. To my kids (all under the age of 12), fall means visiting the farm and getting all the animal petting, ropes course playing and barbecue eating they can squeeze into one afternoon.

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    Photographer Shares Insights on Iconic Smith Rock Eclipse Image

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    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.

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    Favorite Year-Round Mountain Bike Spots

    When winter comes and the snow falls, some of Central Oregon’s popular mountain biking trails become a little too muddy to ride – which means some of the unheralded spots in the region get a little more love. Places like Smith Rock can get scorching hot (and quite crowded) in the summer making it a great spot to head come winter. Want some good locals tips on where to ride? Ask the folks at Hutch’s Bicycles, Pine Mountain Sports or The Hub Cyclery for the 4-1-1, or set up a tour with Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles.