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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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Man fly fishing on the Deschutes River in Warm Springs, Oregon

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.

Couple looks at Native American artifacts at the Museum at Warm Springs in Oregon
Couple looks at Native American artifacts at the Museum at Warm Springs in Oregon

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