There’s a certain thrill that comes with getting the exact card you need at the blackjack table—or sitting down to a video poker machine, watching the rows line up just so, and seeing the machine light up in victory. No matter how often it happens at your favorite casino, each win offers an exciting adrenaline rush.
Those wanting to while away an afternoon or evening at the casino around Central Oregon have two fun options to choose from. At the northern edge of our region, Indian Head Casino—with a facade constructed to recall the fishing scaffolds that Native Americans used to catch salmon at Celilo Falls for thousands of years—has built a reputation for fun table games, slot machines, and more. And at the southern edge of our region sits KLA-MO-YA Casino, home to nearly 350 Las Vegas-style video machines. Both casinos routinely offer fun events and promotions for added thrills.
The casinos both sit within an easy drive of Bend, Madras, Sunriver, and other popular destinations around the region, making them accessible getaways in Central Oregon. So if you’re looking to hit it big with video machines or strike it rich at the blackjack table—or if you just want some quality entertainment—here’s a look at the casinos of Central Oregon.
Casino Near Bend in Warm Springs, Oregon
In the heart of Warm Springs sits Indian Head Casino, a popular gaming enterprise of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Just over an hour north of Bend along US-97 and Highway 26, the casino has garnered praise for its wide range of offerings—from exciting games to events and outstanding dining options.
The casino is perhaps best known for its variety of table games, such as blackjack, as well slots and video poker machines. (Even within the selection of video machines, you’ll find a selection of classic titles, as well as all-new offerings.) Indian Head Casino also hosts regular tournaments, events, and promotions—so no two visits are ever exactly alike.
Away from the gaming floor, visitors will find a few fun options for food at Indian Head Casino. Cottonwood Restaurant is the casino’s casual, sit-down eatery and boasts a menu that includes filling breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and entrees—including a traditional fry bread taco (topped with pinto beans, seasoned beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, sour cream, and salsa) that’s popular with diners. Meanwhile, Tule Grill dishes classic pub grub—including nachos, burgers, and a variety of snacks. (Several dishes at Indian Head Casino’s restaurants incorporate huckleberries—a traditionally important food to area tribes—and are big hits among guests. Add a dollop of huckleberry jam to your fry bread, or drizzle some huckleberry vinaigrette on your salad for a touch of sweetness.)
Curious about the community’s other offerings? Visit Warm Springs, Oregon, for information on the town’s museums, attractions, and more.
Casino Option Just South of Bend, Oregon
KLA-MO-YA Casino sits along US-97, about two hours from Bend—and promises a dazzling experience at the southern edge of Central Oregon.
The casino is a gaming enterprise of the Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin tribes—and has made a name for itself by offering a selection of nearly 350 Vegas-style slot machines, with denominations ranging from pennies to dollars. New machines are added regularly, and regular promotions, events, and giveaways ensure visitors find something fun and different on each visit.
Elsewhere around the casino, hungry diners can fill up at the on-site Peak to Peak Restaurant & Lounge—which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. All the breakfast classics are accounted for here (such as country-fried steak, French toast, omelettes, and more), while the rest of the menu includes fresh sandwiches, charbroiled burgers, hearty salads, and a variety of dinner dishes—including pasta, steaks, ribs, and more.
Explore Nature’s Beauty
From the sagebrush-covered plains of the high desert to the towering pines and majestic mountain peaks, discover the diverse landscape Central Oregon has to offer.