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Warm Springs, Oregon
Sitting in the heart of the Warm Springs Reservation, the hamlet of Warm Springs is one of the northernmost communities in Central Oregon. You can pass through town in less time than it takes to listen to a commercial on your favorite podcast but a longer stay rewards visitors with fascinating insight into tribal history, home-cooked meals steeped in tradition, and a close connection with the surrounding Deschutes River. Here’s how to make the most of your next visit to Warm Springs.
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Bend Mountain Bike Shuttle
Meet at Cog Wild to catch the shuttle to Bend's trailheads along Century Drive. Each shuttle will drop at all 3 trailheads. Wanoga is the lowest, Sawmpy in the Middle and Dutchmans is the highest drop point. Please choose your desired trailhead when booking. Wanoga and Swampy drops are $15 per person. Dutchman is $20 per personThis is a one way shuttle, plan your route to end back at Cog Wild. All shuttles are non-guided. Shuttle riders need to be self sufficient: bring a map and have a route in mind, carry a first aid kit since there is no bike patrol out there. Carry enough food, water and clothing to support a day in the woods.If you have a large group and are interested in a Private shuttle please call us at 541-385-7002Rental bikes are not included in the cost of the tour. Please contact us directly with questions about the activity.Please sign the waiver, which is good for the entire year. Bend Trails and Trail Forks are great sites for researching which trail to ride for your group’s skill level and goals for the day. Maps are available to purchase at Cog Wild.
$15 - $20
Night Photography Tour
Since Bend is located in such an amazing spot with hardly any ambient light, it lends it's self 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
Cascade Lakes Canoeing
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.
$75 - $100
Full Day Walk-In Upper Deschutes River
This is an adventure for the angler looking to “stalk” fish on foot at one of our local rivers. Never is a strenuous hike required, often the fishing “hole” is located within a few minutes of walking from the guide’s vehicle. This is the perfect trip for families and new anglers looking for an unforgettable day of fly fishing near Bend. Both the Fall River and the Crooked River are perfect for Walk-In trips. For our walk-in trips, you will meet your guide at a predetermined location and then either carpool or caravan to the chosen water.
$475 - $733.32
High Desert Museum Admission
This unique museum reveals the West’s 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 close-up views of native wildlife such as river otters, porcupines and birds of prey. See art through a different lens. Chat with historic characters who’ll share tales of life at the turn of the 20th century. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Learn about Native American cultures, and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs. You’ll be glad you came!During the summer months, the Museum offers airline-style crates for small- to medium-sized dogs, where your dog can relax and cool off in the parking and picnic area. Water is available – be sure to bring a bowl. Contact Admissions for a crate key and lock to secure your pet. Please note that Museum personnel do not monitor the crates – your dog is your responsibility.
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 Kayak Tours
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.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 region’s geology- how fire and ice built and sculpted our landscape. Or we might highlight how wetlands surrounding the lake provide incredible habitat for vocal avians amped on finding great lakeside food! 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 kayaks are tandem sit-on-top models, which are comfortable, fun, and easy to paddle. Kayak tours are best for those over the age of 8, and the weight limit is 450 lbs per kayak. If you want to paddle with younger kids, consider our Canoe Tour!
$75 - $100
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
Learn About the Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation
Since time immemorial, dozens of Native American tribes have called Oregon home.They’ve hunted and foraged in the region’s forests, fished in its waters, and traveled great distances through valleys, high-desert expanses, and rugged mountain passes.
Today, the Paiute, Wasco, and Warm Springs people share their history and culture with visitors through restaurants, museums, and other attractions. Local restaurants, for instance, whip up traditional fry bread and center dishes around huckleberries (foraged from forests on nearby Mount Hood)—while the Museum at Warm Springs showcases thousands of years of history and tradition through artifacts, photographs, and interpretive displays.
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Things to Do in Warm Springs, Oregon
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Learn about tribal history at a local museum: There may be no finer introduction to the past and present of the Warm Springs, Wasco, and Northern Paiute people than by visiting The Museum at Warm Springs. The venerated museum showcases artwork, crafts, exhibits on tribal history and culture, an outdoor interpretive trail, and more; it also boasts a curatorial department that’s home to one of the largest and most complete artifact collections of any Native American museum. Elsewhere in town, the Warm Springs Market—in addition to selling grocery items and deli fare—hosts a small, on-site museum with tribal artifacts, photographs, and crafts.
Try your luck at the Indian Head Casino: The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation hosts the Indian Head Casino, which offers a variety of your favorite games—including blackjack and slots—in a fun, relaxing environment. Regular tournaments, events, and promotions mean there’s always something new and exciting happening.
Enjoy a home-cooked meal: Warm Springs isn’t home to any big-name chain restaurants—paving the way for a variety of local dining options around town. The Twisted Teepee food truck, for instance, is known for its warm fry bread (served with your choice of several toppings—including a sweet huckleberry butter), as well as a selection of burgers and sandwiches. At the Indian Head Casino, meanwhile, diners can enjoy locally inspired casual cuisine at the Cottonwood Restaurant or sample snacks, burgers, and sandwiches at the Tule Grill. And the family-owned Eagle Crossing Restaurant serves a variety of classic breakfast dishes, along with lunch and dinner—not to mention a few tribal specialties, including fry bread and several items made with huckleberries (including pancakes, pie, and milkshakes). Still hungry? Get the skinny on restaurants in Warm Springs, Oregon.
Go fishing in the Deschutes River—or another local waterway: The Lower Deschutes River runs through Warm Springs and offers excellent angling opportunities. To get started, stop by Deschutes River Fly Shop, less than 10 minutes east of Warm Springs, for all the gear you need to get on the water—along with licenses, tribal permits, shuttle services, and recommendations for where the fish are biting that day. And if you’re curious about where to head next—and when the region’s trout, salmon, and sturgeon are at their peak—we’ve put together guides to the rivers in Central Oregon and fishing in Central Oregon.
More stories from Warm Springs
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Fall is Prime Time for Central Oregon Fly Fishing for Steelhead on the Deschutes
It’s no accident that the fabled Oncorhynchus mykiss, aka steelhead trout, is dubbed the “fish of a thousand casts” It’s not uncommon for novice steelhead anglers to fish for years without ever tying into, let alone landing, one of these powerful and acrobatic sea-run rainbow trout. There’s also a reason why they keep trying.