Plan Your Visit To
Roughly 15 minutes northwest of Bend sits the community of Tumalo, a city of just 500. But don’t let that small population fool you: Tumalo is home to a burgeoning food scene, creative craft beverage producers, and easy access to some of Central Oregon’s top outdoor destinations.
So the next time you’re in the area, here are a few reasons to make time for Tumalo and its wide range of fun attractions.
Map of Tumalo, Oregon
Want to know where to go around Tumalo—and how to get there? We’ve got you covered with a map of the Tumalo area.
And even though the town shares its name with Tumalo Falls, keep in mind that you won’t find those photogenic falls
around Tumalo; rather, the waterfall is about 30-40 minutes southwest of town—or about 25 minutes due west of Bend.
Plan your adventure to Central Oregon.
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
Deschutes River Kayak Tours
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for kayak tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this iconic paddling tour on a sweet and placid reach of our signature river, the Deschutes. Naturalist Guided Experience: Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight the lava flows that influenced this reach of the river. The many species of flora and fauna that call the flow and its banks home is super intriguing with takeaways of the importance of all living things. Adaptation to ecosystems is nature’s way of coping and thriving and will keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour.Location: The stretches of the Deschutes River we kayak are devoid of rapids, and provide a peaceful paddling experience for all ability levels. Even if you’ve paddled the Deschutes River before, with a professional naturalist guide, you’ll see the Deschutes from a completely new perspective! Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$70 - $95
Lava Tube Cave Tours
Did you know there is a vast network of caves near Bend, Oregon? Strap on a helmet and headlamp and join our naturalist guides for a fun, educational, underground adventure! These tours are a great Bend, Oregon family activity. Please Note: We do not visit Lava River Cave (operated by the Deschutes National Forest)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: During our 2 hours underground, in the darkest, quietest spot earth can provide, we may impart an understanding of the region’s geology- how massive volcanoes created these wonders. Or we might share how the cave habitat provides for creatures important to human life. 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. Caves: Bend’s lava caves have a delicate ecosystem that few have experienced to the fullest! Wanderlust Tours is the only guide company permitted in these special lava caves. These caves are also wild, meaning they do not have a paved path or lighting. Closed toe shoes are recommended for navigating the uneven rocky surfaces. Cave Difficulty: Mother Nature has created a wonderfully diverse array of caves that offer a variety of experiences. All of the caves we visit are wild, meaning other than the staircase to enter them there are no man made improvements put into the caves (walkways or lights). The walking surface is uneven and can be varying degrees of rugged and rocky.In our estimation, this cave presents a moderate degree of difficulty as it involves many fun opportunities for scrambling up/down/around rocky areas and crawling through short passages.On all our cave tours, our guides are attentive to keeping the pace suitable to all members of the group so that everyone can move at a comfortable speed.
$70 - $95
Cascade Lakes Photo Tour
With more than 14 alpine lakes along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Hwy, there is no shortage of beauty to go around. We can tailor our lake expeditions to the tour you want to have. Some of the team favorites are Diamond, Sparks, Todd, Elk lakes....just to name a few.This tour can include some moderate hiking, or we can shoot right from the parking lots. 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.Tour Price: $399 up to 2 people
Cascade Lakes Canoeing
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, we may impart an understanding of the area’s hydrology and how water sustains all living things. We could build a vision for how insects, born in the lake’s waters, begin the cycle of life that is realized in this intact ecosystem. 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!Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$70 - $95
Bend City and Lava Lands Helicopter Tour
We’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.Year Round Tours and Adventures in Bend, OregonWith stunning snow-capped Cascade Mountain views to our left and right our helicopter pilots will take you and your friends on a 40 mile scenic helicopter tour of Bend, Oregon “Beertown USA.” You’ll be thrilled by the iconic stacks of Bend’s Old Mill District, our all new Deschutes River Water Park, summer concerts and other exciting sights from the air. On this scenic helicopter tour you’ll fly to our local lava flows at Lava Lands State Park a National Volcanic Monument where you’ll experience scenic views of over one million acres of pristine wild lands. This helicopter flight and scenic tour offers exciting flight options for sunset flights, sunrise tours, winter tours, and summer tours. You can also personalize this helicopter tour to suit your timeframe and needs.Bend, Oregon Lava Land Tours Lost in TimeOver the past 300,000 years massive volcanic eruptions have left many volcanic scars outside of Bend. You may have visited Lava Lands on a local tour and walked through the ancient flows but seeing their sheer size from the air offers a unique look into the awesome power of Mother Nature. Experience lava flows on our helicopter tours that have been frozen for all time just as they happened, devoid of life for thousands of years.The Helicopter TourWe’ll take you on an unprecedented 360 helicopter tour of this amazing lava formation that changed the course of the Deschutes River before heading past the scenic Benham Falls, Dillon Falls, and Lava Island Falls then back along the Deschutes to Bend. Look down below in the spring and summer months and you might just catch a glimpse of the white water rafting groups negotiating Big Eddy’s class 4 rapids.Helicopter Tour Gift CertificatesCorporate gift giving, holidays and birthdays means exciting Gift Certificates for Bend’s best scenic flights and tours through the stunning Cascade Range and beyond. Book today and give the gift of exciting memories to those you love on this amazing fall/winter tour. Guaranteed good weather flights. You’ll love getting up close to The Old Mill and the Lava Lands State Park. Breathtaking views are all yours to discover. Book Today!
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
Experience the peace and serenity of Elk Lake While gliding on top of the water on a paddleboard. Paddle boards can be rented in 2 hour increments and can be picked up at the Elk Lake Marina. Reserver your stand up paddle board rental.
$40 - $160
Cascade Lakes Boat Trip
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.
$400 - $525
Things to Do in Tumalo, Oregon
The question isn’t finding things to do in Tumalo, Oregon—it’s how to fit it all into your next trip. Here’s a look at the restaurants, bars, and cider makers crafting a creative culture around Tumalo.
Enjoy a quality meal—indoors or out: Tumalo is home to a handful of family-friendly restaurants popular with locals and travelers alike. Tumalo Feed Co. Steakhouse, for instance, has been serving filling steak and seafood dishes since 1991—and pairs its meat-forward menu with live music on the restaurant’s patio. Pisano’s Woodfired Pizza, meanwhile, serves a wide range of artisan pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. And if you’re feeling indecisive, Tumalo is also home to The Bite—a food truck pod comprising five carts that dish tacos, pizza, sushi, American comfort food, and Thai cuisine; a partially covered outdoor space invites diners to sample their way through the pod’s many offerings, occasional live music adds to the atmosphere, and several taps pour some of Central Oregon’s best-loved beers and ciders. For more on the culinary scene around town, get the skinny about restaurants in Tumalo, Oregon.
Float the Deschutes River: Most floaters around Central Oregon put their tubes and rafts in the Deschutes River around Bend—but a quiet stretch around Tumalo offers the opportunity to spend a lazy summer day away from the biggest crowds, all surrounded by grasslands and peaceful forests of ponderosa pine. Would-be floaters can walk the Deschutes River Trail to find a good put-in spot along the slow, shallow stretch of river near Tumalo State Park—or put in at the park and float through the heart of town, up to an hour away.
Sip some quality cider: Tumalo is home to one cider maker—and it just happens to be one of Central Oregon’s best. Tumalo Cider Co. launched in 2014 and, since then, has made a name for itself crafting crisp, dry ciders that bypass sweeter flavors for a more balanced approach. Popular offerings include huckleberry lemon, raspberry, and pomegranate pear. If you want to learn more about the area’s burgeoning cider scene, check out our page on cideries in Tumalo, Oregon.
Kick back with a cold one: Tumalo is home to a few watering holes that boast friendly atmospheres, extensive drink selections, enjoyable diversions, and more. Tumalo Tavern, for instance, offers plenty of natural light (and not just Natural Light) to go along with local beers and wines, pool tables, karaoke, and wood-fired pizza. If you want to keep the night going, we’ve put together a guide to bars in Tumalo, Oregon.
Things to See in Tumalo, Oregon
Ancient forests of juniper, the bubbling Deschutes River, and sweeping mountain peaks—you’re never far from epic views around Tumalo. Here are a few fun ways to enjoy the city’s natural beauty.
Take in panoramic mountain views from the tasting room at Crater Lake Spirits: Just about two miles west of Tumalo, the Crater Lake Spirits tasting room pairs its award-winning, small-batch spirits with views of nearby Cascade peaks. The distillery has been going strong since 1996 and, today, produces a wide range of whiskeys, flavored vodkas, and gins (with wild juniper berries picked in Central Oregon). Looming to the west are the snow-covered Three Sisters. And if you’re curious about the craft spirits scene around the region, learn more about distilleries in Central Oregon.
Enjoy the sights at Tumalo State Park: Just five minutes south of town sits one of Central Oregon’s most popular parks. Discover Tumalo State Park for pleasant camping (the park hosts 77 sites and seven yurts, with showers and flush toilets throughout the campground) alongside a day-use area next to the Deschutes River—where anglers can fish for brown and rainbow trout, paddlers can put in and take out, hikers can access the 12-mile Deschutes River Trail, and picnickers can relax in a forest of juniper and ponderosa pine.
More stories from Tumalo
More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.
Central Oregon Campgrounds: Tumalo State Park
Forested setting: Check. Gentle flowing river to cool off in: Check. Toilets: Check. Showers: Check. Access to amenities in town: Check, check and check. Tumalo State Park is the state park in Bend’s backyard. It’s located outside the city limits but it’s just a couple of turns and a short, pretty drive from the middle of town.
Beyond the Beer: Bend Craft Spirit Scene Forging Own Path
Central Oregon might be known for Craft Beer, but we’re also known for Craft Spirits. “You can and people do make an entire vacation out of touring Central Oregon and all we have to offer in the culinary world,” said Alan Dietrich, CEO of Bendistillery. Bendistillery opened in 1996 and has grown massively ever since.
Scenic Bikeways Showcase Central Oregon’s Backroad Beauty
Oregon’s official scenic bikeways are the first of their kind in the U.S – and Central Oregon is home to 6 of the state’s 11 most beautiful bike routes. An absolute summer must for road cyclists are riding the best of the best – our scenic bikeways. Every rider can find a ride to suit their style and mood, from family-friendly to adventurous.