Winding waters cut through sunset-hued canyon walls that bind beauty with the promise of adventure in this rugged area that draws visitors from around the globe.
TERREBONNE: Terrebonne means “good earth” in French and this little town twenty-four miles north of Bend lives up to its name. This hamlet is home to one of the great natural wonders of Oregon, Smith Rock State Park. Watch climbers scale the towering spires while you spot golden eagles, prairie falcons and river otters along the hiking trails.
CROOKED RIVER RANCH: Located above the steep basalt canyon walls of the Deschutes River, Crooked River Ranch is best known for its golf, hiking, and fishing. Witness the tumbling waters of Steelhead Falls or fly-fish the Foley Waters section of the Deschutes River.
PRINEVILLE: Blending history and the future, Prineville is home to both Oregon’s oldest public structure and tech industry data centers. Fish the Crooked River or the Prineville and Ochoco reservoirs. Camp, hike and mountain bike in the Ochoco National Forest and Maury Mountains.
WARM SPRINGS: The heart and soul of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Warm Springs is the site of Indian Head Casino. For a cultural diversion, visit the namesake museum, one of the finest American Indian art museums in the West. A short drive north of the casino in Warm Springs is Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa, an amenity-rich resort noted for its naturally-heated hot spring swimming pools, a spa, and blue ribbon fly-fishing.
MADRAS – CULVER: These towns are a major hub for the fishing, boating, and hiking inclined. Anglers can wade into the flowing waters of the Deschutes, Metolius and Crooked rivers. Alternatively, spend a weekend on a houseboat at Lake Billy Chinook or RV Camp at The Cove Palisades State Park. Nearby, Lake Simtustus at Pelton Dam offers camping and swimming. Scenic Lower Deschutes River Steeped in American Indian heritage and rugged tradition, the vast open territory along the lower Deschutes River is prime cultural and outdoor adventure land. Hiking on federally managed and conserved land is stellar in the Crooked River National Grassland, where The Peninsula and The Island are standout landmarks.
MAUPIN: Redsides and rafting are the mainstays of Maupin. Redsides are the brilliantly colored, hard-fighting native Deschutes River trout that anglers obsess over. Add to that the whitewater thrills, and this river town is a hive for recreating. In recent years, Maupin has seen the addition of more lodging and dining amenities to make the town part of the draw.
YOUR BASECAMP: Crooked River Inn Bed & Breakfast is located in the heart of Prineville.
SEE climbers scale the beautiful rock formations at Smith Rock State Park.
VIEW the winding Crooked River as it flows from Prineville Reservoir, or head downriver and hike the Otter Bench Trail to view Steelhead Falls from the cliffside overlooks.
CYCLE on gravel, single track or a scenic bikeway tour with a rental from Good Bike Co. in Prineville.
PLAY at an interactive farm, where kids can ride ponies and pet farm animals at Terrebonne’s sustainable DD Ranch. Golf a round on the scenic and fun Crooked River Ranch Golf Course. Unearth precious gemstones in Prineville, the unofficial Rock Hound Capital of the United States.
GO wine tasting at Maragas Winery (Terrebonne) and Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards (Culver).
EAT local fare at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyards after you’ve gone wine tasting.