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Join Bend Electric Bikes for our fun, guided tours of Bend, Oregon. Leave the car behind and use our comfortable, easy to ride electric bikes on our bike-friendly avenues, bike trails, and through our vibrant neighborhoods to discover our history, taste our beers and see what we love about Bend. It’s great for families and pets can come too! Click here for tours for description, pricing and booking.
Along with Electric Bikes, Bend Electric Bikes also offers a large variety of different type of cargo bikes to fit your hauling needs. Whether it is carrying your kids on the back or making a quick trip to the grocery store, Bend Electric Bikes has you covered!
Note: All new bikes purchased from Bend Electric Bikes include free tune-ups for a year. Appointment Required. We will happily service and repair all electric bikes from brands that we sell or have a direct relationship with their suppliers. We will repair mechanical issues on most electric bikes but cannot repair electrical issues on bikes that we have not supplied or do not have supplier backup. We will happily diagnosis a NON-BEND ELECTRIC BIKES BRANDS ebike, conversion kit, or scooter however, due to time and research involved there will be a minimum charge of $45, and bill at a labor rate of $90 per hour thereafter regardless of our ability to repair. (Rates subject to change)
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A symmetrical cinder cone butte located in Deschutes National Forest, northwest of the town of Sisters, Oregon.
A scenic Central Oregon volcanic cone with two fire lookouts
About the Hike: Plunked in the midst of the Central Oregon plateau, Black Butte looks like a misplaced mountain. A steep but view-packed trail climbs 1.9 miles to the panoramic summit, gaining 1,600 feet of elevation. The last portion of this route is difficult enough that it is not generally recommended for hikers with children.
Still, it’s surprising how many kids enjoy the climb because they view it as a challenge.
Difficulty: A moderate, 3.6-mile loop to the headland’s tip gains 900 feet of elevation.
Season: Open July through October.
Getting There: Drive Highway 22 west of Sisters 5.5 miles (or east of Santiam Pass 13.5 miles) to Indian Ford Campground, near milepost 95. Turn north onto paved Green Ridge Road 11. After 3.8 miles, turn left onto gravel Road 1110 for 5.1 miles to a parking area at the road’s end.
Fees: A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here. The pass costs $5 per day or $30 per season. It can be purchased at a ranger station, an outdoor store or at the trailhead fee box.
Tips: From the trailhead at road’s end, the path climbs steadily through a forest of orange-barked old-growth ponderosa pine. The golf courses of Black Butte Ranch appear as miniature meadows in the forest far below.
After 1.1 mile, the trail crosses a treeless slope that’s white in June with the blooms of serviceberry bushes. Expect other wildflowers, too: big yellow balsamroot, purple larkspur, and red paintbrush.
Next the path climbs sharply – a hot, dusty stretch that disqualifies this hike as an easy trip. The trail gains the butte’s broad, eastern ridge amidst wind-stunted whitebark pines and follows the ridge up to the top.
History: Black Butte’s unusual placement east of the High Cascades makes it ideal as a fire lookout site. In 1910 one of Oregon’s earliest fire detection structures was built here: a simple “squirrel’s nest” platform wedged between two adjacent treetops. That original lookout is gone, but Black Butte has collected a variety of other lookout structures since then: an intact cupola-style building from 1923, the ruins of a collapsed 1934 tower, and a modern 62-foot tower from 1995. In 1980 a one-room log cabin was constructed in Sisters, disassembled, and flown by helicopter to Black Butte’s summit as living quarters for the fire lookout staff.
Geology: As you drive toward the flats of Central Oregon toward this symmetrical volcano, you might well wonder why it erupted here. The more famous High Cascades peaks formed along a fault that has been leaking lava for millions of years. But Black Butte grew along a different, parallel crack to the east. This fault also uplifted Green Ridge’s scarp to the north, leaving the Metolius Valley as a long trough.
Black Butte began to erupt quite recently, perhaps only 20,000 years ago. It quickly built up a 3,000-foot pile of cinders, one of the tallest such cones in the state. The eruption also buried the Metoilius River, creating Black Butte Ranch’s swampy meadows on one side of the mountain and Metolius Springs on the other, where the river now emerges.
Located 20 miles west of Bend, Oregon featuring a splintered ridge line which its name is derived from.
Broken Top is a volcano that has been eroded by glaciers, exposing the cone. The hike is about 3 miles long, with a 1,400-foot elevation gain, and the summit sits at 9,175 feet.
Dogs are allowed on the trail and there are plenty of opportunities for them to drink water from the stream that runs alongside or nearby the trail throughout the hike. There is also a small lake at the top which dogs can drink from or swim in.
The trail starts off easy with beautiful views of Mt. Bachelor and the Broken Top Crater from between the trees. At about .8 of a mile in make sure to stay to the right and continue uphill at the fork. As you finish climbing the first short uphill stretch the trail crosses the creek and will follow near it throughout the rest of the hike. The path is packed dirt, but contains areas of loose rock and sandy slopes, so it can get a little dusty at times.
The blue. You’ll first look at Crater Lake National Park and wonder about the blue. How can a lake be that blue? The short answer is because the deepest lake in the country is filled with 4.6 trillion gallons of some of the purest, clearest water in the world. The longer answer has to do with molecules and other science-stuff. You can learn more about that when you get there – just 90 minutes south of Bend.
Visitors can drive or bicycle around Crater Lake or enjoy one of the many interpretive hikes within the National Park. Pamper yourself with a stay at the rustic Crater Lake lodge. Several campgrounds are also on site, giving you a chance to spread out those views over several days.
And if the views from above aren’t enough, take the one mile hike down to the water’s edge where you can take a dip or fish for trout or salmon.
Deepest lake in the USA, short drive from Bend, Oregon.
Featuring sandy beaches, swimming, boating, lakefront cabins and old growth pines, Cultus Lake has long been a summer seasonal favorite for fishing enthusiasts and campers alike. Formed by a glacier, these pristine mountain waters created a wonderful sanctuary for wildlife. In the early 19th Century, Cultus Lake was a highly sought destination for early explorers seeking to expand their trade in the fur trade industry. Today, it is home to rainbow trout, mackinaw and brook trout where patient anglers test their luck on shore or by boat, then trade stories by campfire light. Cultus Lake is on the Cascade Scenic Byway and a short drive from Bend, Sunriver and LaPine, Oregon.
Built completely with lava stone by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935, the open shelter observatory is the highest point of on the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway. It offers visitors a perfect vantage point to view the expansive Cascade Mountains through strategically placed lava tube viewing holes. There’s also a brass “peak finder” to help tell you what you’re looking at and a half mile interpretative trail through the field of lava rocks that make this such a unique Central Oregon attraction.
Lava stone observation at McKenzie Pass summit.
This National Wild and Scenic designated river begins just south of Bend and ends its 252 mile journey as it empties into the Columbia River.
It’s the most fly casted on, biked along, hiked next to, tubed down, foot dipped in, wedding photographed in front of river in all of Oregon. The meandering waterway might cut back and forth across Central Oregon, but it also brings together the area more than any other natural wonder here. It can be nasty, rapid and awe-inspiring in one spot only to slow to a lazy, welcoming crawl just a mile or two down river. Amazing to look at, but more fun to play with, the Deschutes River is Central Oregon’s pride and joy. French for “River of the Falls”, during the period of fur trading, the Deschutes River winds through Sunriver, Bend, to the mighty Columbia.
A “fly fishing only” lake popular with canoeists because of it’s shallow, clear visibility providing views of Atlantic salmon and brook trout. It’s become a popular place to really get away from folks and experience a true high-mountain lake with amazing views of Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top and the abundant wildlife.
We offer bike rentals, repair and sales in our three central Oregon locations; Eastside location is at 820 NE 3rd St, the other at 725 NW Columbia just west of Downtown Bend. The third is located in the heart of Redmond.
Since 1981, we have been Central and Southern Oregon’s #1 mountain, road, city and youth bike shop for custom builds, rentals, sales and service. Stop in and let us show you why we are #1.
Hutch’s Bicycles started in Eugene, Oregon in 1927 by Earl Hutchinson whose nickname was Hutch. Hutch’s was originally a combined bicycle/lawnmower/key making store until the 1960’s when Earl’s son, Bill took over and changed the name to Hutch’s Bicycle Store. In 1978, a second store was opened in nearby Springfield, Oregon.
In 1981 a third store took over the Schwinn dealership in Bend, Oregon. Ownership of the Bend store was sold to then longtime Eugene employee, Jim Lewis. Jim worked hard to build the business in Bend, and in 1989 opened another Hutch’s location in Bend, on the popular west side of town.
In 1997, Jim opened a new venture called Rack-n-Roll. It is a stand-alone business specializing in multi-sport automotive rack systems, and is located near the original 3rd Street location, on NE 1st Street in Bend.
In 2010, Hutch’s expanded into Redmond, Oregon to fill the high demand for bike rentals, sales and repair. Jim is still a Hutch’s man, and the official ”Spokes-man” for the Bend, Redmond and Klamath Falls stores.
Year-round, Hutch’s in Bend Redmond and Klamath Falls employs 15 to 20 people who have come to work for us from all around the U.S.A. The Hutch’s family share a common theme: quality of life, great working environment, uncompromising customer satisfaction, and a passion for bicycles
Home to Oregon’s largest Ponderosa Pine (191-foot Big Tree), La Pine State Park is a beautiful overnight and day-use park. There is a log cabin meeting hall, Fall River Falls, 12 miles of hiking trails and cross-country skiing plus the Big Deschutes River for kayaking, swimming, fishing and canoeing.
Ponderosa Pine forest, camping, recreation year-round
Take a self-guided, mile-long discovery tour of Oregon’s longest intact lava tube. Central Oregon’s unique geological landscape offers ample opportunity to step back into time, but the Lava River Cave gives visitors the chance to step down into time. Down 150 stairs to be exact. That’s how far below ground this 5,211 foot lava tube snakes through the Earth, giving you a chance to see (with the help of a lantern) a truly remarkable natural phenomenon.
Bring a coat! Even in the summer, the cave stays at roughly 42 degrees, which can be a bit chilly if you’re wearing shorts and a tank top.
Take a self-guided, mile-long discovery tour of Oregon’s longest intact lava tube. Central Oregon’s unique geological landscape offers ample opportunity to step back into time, but the Lava River Cave gives visitors the chance to step down into time. Down 150 stairs to be exact. That’s how far below ground this 5,211 foot lava tube snakes […]
This 30-mile loop in Jefferson County begins and ends in downtown Madras, but it only takes riders one mile to get out of town and onto peaceful country roads through a rich agriculture area.
The views on this “moderately” strenuous ride are magnificent, with sweeping views of the Cascades, including Mount Hood and Three-Finger jack. You’ll enjoy smooth paved roads with some gravel areas overlooking Cove Palisades State Park and Lake Billy Chinook where wildlife sightings are common. You’ll pass through several small communities, including Culver and Metolius on roads featuring very little traffic. The area’s mild winter makes this a popular ride year round.
Magnificent views of the Cascade Mountain Range
Travel Oregon (rideoregonride.com) calls this ride “without a doubt the most spectacular ride in Central Oregon.” dropping route dotted with the volcanoes that shaped the region’s landscape. Keep a look out for the abundant and diverse wildlife along the way, including bald eagles. Be prepared to take a day or two to partake in any of the number of recreation opportunities on the pass, including fly fishing the McKenzie River and mountain biking a trail system featured regularly in cycling publications worldwide.
Most of the ride is on a scenic byway that is closed during the winter months, but a bonus is that cyclists have access to the road in the spring as the snow melts and before cars are allowed.
The ride is classified as “challenging,” but the out and back is definitely doable in one day.
The most spectacular ride in Central Oregon
Painted in vibrant greens in the summer and reds, yellows and oranges come fall, this could be one of the more colorful scenic bikeways in the state. A roughly 24-mile system is broken up into a handful of shorter loops, making this ride as family friendly as they come. You can choose from a quick little 3 miler or connect the loops for a (little) more challenging 20-mile tour – all on relatively flat, paved roads that follow a breathtaking stretch of the Metolius River.
Series of loop routes along the Metolius River
MotoFantasy rents many brands of motorcycles to experienced riders including the rare new 2015 Norton Commando 961SE. Other brands are BMW’s, Ducatis, Buell, Hondas (CBX 6-cyclinder), Kawasakis (Top Gun Ninja 900), Harley Davidsons (XL1200, softail deluxe and dyna-defender). Vintage bikes include a 1955 Vincent Black Shadow restoration project.
Hosted at DiamondStone Guest Lodge, overnight lodging offers private suites, and 3-7 day lodging/riding packages. Customize your vacation, riding Central Oregon’s scenic routes personally selected by motorcycle enthusiasts like you. Ride a different bike and panoramic loop in all directions each day. Combing four decades of riding with two decades of hospitality experience, DiamondStone is the ultimate gearhead getaway, your own MotoFantasy.
Rent bikes you might not buy, but would love to ride. Seven nights – seven bikes is a popular lodging package with some meals. Talk about fun; visit Central Oregon and Ride Your Dreams!
DiamondStone is a a private mini-resort on rural acreage offering unique accommodations, surrounded by peaceful countryside and year-round activities. Choose from custom Homestead Lodge/Cabin great for groups, independent lodge suites, or seasonal Airbnb. All are artfully decorated for travelers’ relaxation, to feel at home away from home.The upstairs Treetop Suite Event Center, or outdoor meadow event space can host your special occasion. Discover why so many call DiamondStone a hidden treasure, one of the best vacation spots in Oregon, operating over 20 years.
Customizing affordable vacations, events and family reunions, DiamondStone is beautiful acreage, west of Paulina Lake & Newberry National Volcanic Monument, sandwiched between the Little Deschutes River and Quail Run Golf Course, with motorcycle street bike rentals onsite! (Spring/Summer/Fall Motofantasy.NET)
As an extension to the 300+ miles of single track offered here in Central Oregon, The Mt. Bachelor Bike Park offers lift served access to an additional 13 miles of downhill oriented trails. Our beginner lift, Sunshine Accelerator serves as a great introduction to the bike park for all ability levels. From there, riders can progress to Pine Marten Express where a combination of machine built and single track trails provide a thrill for any adventurous spirit – from intermediate runs to advance double black diamond trails.
We have a fleet of Norco rental bikes featuring downhill and enduro bikes, trail and fat bikes as well as youth bike rentals.
Gravity School is back for this summer, with instruction available for those who want to learn or improve their biking skills. Gravity Bike Camps , specifically for kids and teens, will be offered in July and August. These week-long summer kids camps are now available for booking. Sign up before the space fills.
Gravity Sports is stocked with helmets, gloves, jerseys, shorts and pads, stop by inside Mountain Gateway where these items are available for sale. Our friendly sales team can help get you outfitted to ensure that your day on the trails is comfortable, safe and fun!
Once on the mountain, if your bike needs service or repair, stop by the Repair Shop located on the upper level of the Mountain Gateway building near the lift loading base. Our professional staff can service your bike or repair it if something goes wrong. For the “do-it-yourself” types, parts will also be available for purchase.
Mt. Bachelor Ski & Summer Resort is located only minutes from Bend and Sunriver, Oregon on the Cascade Lake Scenic Highway. Sporting the longest snow season, once the snow arrives in November, you can ski it, board it, telemark it, tube it, skate it, throw it, sled dog it, skijor it, even build a cozy shelter out of it–all the way through May. Winter recreation is not the only draw here, in summer you can hike to the summit, or try the new downhill bike park. Whether you seek adventure, family fun or an experience to remember, Mt. Bachelor offers opportunity for everyone to enjoy
Located between the Mountain Gateway building and the bottom of Red Chair, the Snowblast Tubing Park operates weekends, most Fridays and during holiday periods between Thanksgiving and Easter. Three two-hour Tubing sessions are offered each day the Tubing Park is open.
Ski and Board Rentals are located in West Village inside the Mountain Gateway building and a secondary location at Sunrise Lodge, Mt. Bachelor has the largest and highest quality rental inventory in the Northwest. Overnight storage service is available for skis/poles or snowboard. Located upstairs in the Mountain Gateway building at West Village, please call 800-829-2442 to sign up for the service.
Staffed by a highly trained team of certified professionals and equipped with the best in Wintersteiger technology, our Tuning & Repair Center (upper level of Mountain Gateway in West Village) can handle all of your tuning and maintenance needs for skis or snowboard.
With over 56k of Nordic trails groomed nightly and at a base elevation of 6,300 ft, Mt. Bachelor offers one of the longest Nordic seasons in North America, running from mid-November through late-May. Cruise through on our expertly groomed and track-set trails. Come and cruise the expertly groomed and track-set trails and enjoy the beauty of winter.
Mt. Bachelor offers on-mountain dining, fresh baked good and apres ski entertainment such as Cocoa’s Cafe, Clearing Rock Bar, The Sun Bar, XC Cafe and Sunrise Cafe.
The newest addition is the Downhill Bike Park where passionate mountain bikers can test their ability and push this limits during an adrenaline-pumping ride down.In addition to mountain biking you can enjoy hikes to the summit, try your hand at a challenging game of disco golf, unique summer sled dog ride or a romantic Sunset Dinner.
Add a wild, magical experience to your Mt. Bachelor getaway with a ride behind a real sled dog team! Stay snug and warm in the sled while the team, lead by a professional mush, takes you on an exciting adventure. Oregon Trail of Dreams is operated and owned Jerry Scdoris and his daughter Rachael. Rachael is a world renowned athlete and had her first Iditarod finish in 2006.
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
Call 541-382-1709 to book this unforgettable Mt. Bachelor Oregon Trail of Dreams Sled Dog Ride experience! Credit card payment is taken at time reservation is processed. VISA, Mastercard, Discover & American Express are accepted.
Call 800-829-2442 to reserve today!
One of the top Ski Resorts in the NW.
A four square mile area of black and grey volcanic glass where kids of all ages will enjoy one-mile interpretive walk. At just 1,300 years old, the Big Obsidian Flow is the youngest lava flow in Oregon. Along the trail there are seven interpretive signs which discuss the geology, biology, history, and archaeology of the area. To get there, go 24 miles south of Bend on Hwy 97, then 15 miles east on County Road 21. It’s not far, but people who have visited call it “other worldly.”
A four square mile area of black and grey volcanic glass where kids of all ages will enjoy one-mile interpretive walk. At just 1,300 years old, the Big Obsidian Flow is the youngest lava flow in Oregon. Along the trail there are seven interpretive signs which discuss the geology, biology, history, and archaeology of the area. To get […]
Various geological features create the colorful layerings in these hills, making for a unique experience.
From the summit, on a clear day, all of the volcanic formations which make up the Cascade mountains can be seen. It’s a moderately strenuous 6.2 mile out and back hike that gains about 1,600 feet of elevation, and provides views that make this what many call a “must do in Oregon.”
From the summit, on a clear day, all of the volcanic formations which make up the Cascade mountains can be seen. It’s a moderately strenuous 6.2 mile out and back hike that gains about 1,600 feet of elevation, and provides views that make this what many call a “must do in Oregon.”
The Paulina Plunge Downhill Waterfall Mt. Bike Tour is a wet and wild family adventure for all ages from 4 to 70. We will descend over six miles down a smooth forest trail, where our friendly guides will lead you to six pristine waterfalls and two natural water slides.
Gravity will be your friend as you descend deep into the Oregon back country, on your Fat Tire Mt.Bike. Only here will you discover the grandeur of the Paulina Mountains and the secrets of Chief Paulina’s water slide. Along the way you will learn the legends of the ancient indigenous people and the saga of Chief Paulina. During the length of the trip you will descend over 2,000 vertical feet, on your Fat Bike. That translates into four 1-1/2 mile downhill biking segments to each waterfall stop. The group will visit up to six pristine waterfalls ranging in height from 10 to 40 feet, including two safe natural water slides to explore and play on. Two short energetic nature hikes, at a distance of half mile each, will be required to reach the bubbling falls and slides below. This safe fun family excursion is suitable for all active ages 4 to 70 years young with confident beginner to intermediate biking skills. Trail-A-Bike Tandems for non-riding kids 4 to 8 years are available.
Learn the legends of Chief Paulina as you travel in his footsteps. Our guides will share their knowledge of the local history and geology as you travel to the waterfalls. Exploring this natural water park will be the highlight of your Central Oregon vacation. You’ll have the time of your life!
We provide mountain bikes, helmets and a day pack for each family or group. You’re welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase one from our staff.
Wet, Wild and Unique family adventure
Scenic beauty, camping and water recreation at its finest in the High Desert when you stay at the Prineville Reservoir State Park. Mountain waters flowing out of the Ochoco Mountain Range join to form the Crooked River. The river, confined by its canyon and the Bowman Dam, forms the 15-mile long, 3,000-acre Prineville Reservoir State Park. With two developed campgrounds and numerous primitive camps along its 43-mile shoreline, recreational opportunities are plentiful.
The fishing can be good anytime at Prineville Reservoir State Park. The lake supports rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, and crayfish. The trout fishing experience is year-round, with the biggest fish being caught during the winter months either by boat or from the shore. The bass, catfish and crappie fishing is best between May and October.
Other recreational activities include waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking, star gazing and wildlife viewing.
There are numerous year round camping opportunities within the state park on the reservoir. In the developed areas there are deluxe cabins with full amenities, full hook up RV sites and tent sites. Flush toilets and hot showers are also available. For those who like to rough it, there are many primitive drive in and boat in campsites around the reservoir as well.
This oasis in the High Desert is waiting for you so come out and enjoy the fun!
Two campsites and two cabins are accessible to campers with disabilities.
As part of the Crooked River Federal Reclamation Project, the Department of the Interior authorized the construction of Bowman Dam between 1958 and 1961. The project’s purpose was to furnish water for irrigation, flood control and fish and wildlife management. Through the Crook County Court, and a lease from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the land for the park was obtained in 1961. A lease agreement between the Bureau of Reclamation and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department allows the State to manage and maintain the natural resources and recreational uses on the reservoir. Prineville Reservoir State Park
Annual overnight attendance: 34,139
Annual day-use attendance: 548,488
Scenic beauty, camping and water recreation at it’s finest in the High Desert
A short loop hike leads to views of this multi-tiered, cascading waterfall hidden in the dense Williamette National Forest along the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway.
Starting at the historic little town of Sisters and ending at the base of majestic Smith Rock, this scenic bikeway is a true Central Oregon gem. In roughly 35 miles, cyclists experience gently rolling terrain on country roads through forests and sagebrush, along and across the Deschutes River and with views of the Cascade Mountains throughout.
It’s easy enough to do an out and back with your hard-core cycling buddies in one day, and long enough to feel accomplished doing a point-to-point ride with a support car and beer waiting for you at the end. A nice bonus is the start and end points are in public parks with plenty of parking, water and restrooms.
Varied rolling terrain through historical sites
The Sisters Trails Alliance is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to connect people and communities to each other and their natural surroundings. We plan, build and maintain multi-user, non-motorized trails in and around Sisters, Oregon. Sisters Trails Alliance maintains the Peterson Ridge Trail System, hosts an annual speaker series and supports various trail-related activities and events throughout the year.
The Sisters Trail Alliance is always looking for individuals passionate about trails and people who want to see Sisters’ Trails developed responsibly. Become a member and support trail projects by helping fund trail work or by volunteering your time to build trails and help form the vision of Sisters area trails. We specialize in making trail maintenance a fun and safe way to give a little something back to the trails we love to hike, bike, ride and run.
By creating and maintaining a community-wide trails system, the Sisters Trails Alliance seeks to connect everyone in the Sisters community to each other and to their natural surroundings, to expand safe pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle friendly, non-motorized transportation routes on public lands, to enhance the value of public recreational assets, to facilitate community involvement in protecting public lands to promote health and wellness of residents and visitors.
Building and maintaining trails we love
No trip to Central Oregon is complete without a visit to Smith Rock State Park. It is an Internationally-famous rock climbing area with 7 miles of hiking trails and climber access routes.
If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.
Smith Rock State Park covers over 650 acres and hovers around 3000 feet in elevation.The major rock faces are welded tuff, or compressed volcanic ash formed 30 million years ago.
Around 30 million years ago massive amounts of ash and debris resulting from the eruptions of nearby volcanos filled the caldera and hardened into rock. Smith Rock Tuff–the largest rock formation on the western rim was the outcome, creating massive walls and spires up to 550 feet. Flows of basalt lava then poured into the area over half a million years ago from vents almost 50 miles away, creating the cap on the tuff in the caldera.
The Crooked RIver then made its way through the rock layers to carve the features seen today. At 3200 feet high, the Smith Rock ridgeline rises 600 feet above the river gorge below. The picnic and campgrounds sit on top of the rimrock, which is made up of columnar basalt. Between 1960 and 1975 a combination of purchases and gifts of land finally formed the park as we know it today. Smith Rock State Park put on the map by the rock climbing community, it now attracts over 800,000 visitors a year from around the world.
Due to the uniqueness and fragile aspect of the park, park rangers enforce the animal leash law and strongly encourage all park users to stay on trails.
Internationally renowned for rock climbing along deep river canyons
Surrounded by 370 acres of wetland wildlife habitat with South Sister as a scenic backdrop. Just 25 miles west of Bend, Sparks Lake is popular quick getaway for folks in town. The lake provides a stellar setting for weekday sunset dinners and weekend camping kayak trips with the South Sister towering 10,358 feet overhead. The views of Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top aren’t bad either. It’s a perfect place to take the family too, as the lake at its deepest point is just 10 feet deep yet provides some of the best trout fly fishing around.
The beautiful Ray Atkeson Memorial Trail is a short loop hike which takes you along the shore of Sparks Lake and meanders through lava flows and lodge pole pine forests. With its great views to the high cascades, this trail was named for Oregon’s long-time photographer Laureate, and is located in one of his favorite places.
Surrounded by 370 acres of wetland wildlife habitat with South Sister as a scenic backdrop. Just 25 miles west of Bend, Sparks Lake is popular quick getaway for folks in town. The lake provides a stellar setting for weekday sunset dinners and weekend camping kayak trips with the South Sister towering 10,358 feet overhead. The views […]
Named for the salmon that once frequented this stretch of the Deschutes River, Steelhead Falls plunges 20 feet into a churning pool of whitewater. It’s a bit out of the way, but anyone who has made the trip says it’s worth the trip. A quarter mile hike along the Middle Deschutes River will lead you to the roaring falls.
Named for the salmon that once frequented this stretch of the Deschutes River, Steelhead Falls plunges 20 feet into a churning pool of whitewater. It’s a bit out of the way, but anyone who has made the trip says it’s worth the trip. A quarter mile hike along the Middle Deschutes River will lead you […]
Located along the National Scenic Byway, known as the Oregon Outback Highway 31 is Summer Lake Hot Springs. One of the most unique, picturesque landscapes in the Pacific Northwest, Lake County, Oregon, Summer Lake Hot Springs is among the few truly unspoiled places on earth. Part of the Great Basin region of the United States, Lake County is home to numerous large alkali lakes. At the south end of Summer Lake, lies ancient artesian hot mineral springs. After a short two-hour drive from Bend, Oregon, you arrive at this magical destination.
Summer Lake Hot Springs is a sacred place for serenity, healing, and renewal. Here stars dance across the sky, while eco-friendly geothermal cabins warm your soul. Couples find time for one another while soaking in the outdoor rock pools and families gather to create lifelong memories.
Summer Lake Hot Springs is a 145-acre resort that features guest houses and cabins, campground with full RV hook up, an indoor pool, natural artesian mineral hot springs, ponds and nature trails. It is located 2 hours south-east of Bend, Oregon.
So much to see and do, you’ll be planning your next Central Oregon vacation before you finish your first. If you pick a favorite season from this outdoor recreation paradise that entices visitors year-round. World-class golf, skiing, cycling, hiking, fishing, rafting, stand up paddling and rock climbing is around every corner. With so many things to do you will need to extend our vacation. A short distance from Summer Lake Hot Springs, you will find Fort Rock Museum and historical homestead, it is worth the visit with local historians to share tales of old.
Exhausted by the activity? Kick back and soak up some sun – more than 300 days of it. This is your guilt-free vacation, because you’ll find something for everyone to do, and love, in Central Oregon.
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Soak In The Hot Spring Rock Pools
Tucked away in the stately pines of Central Oregon’s high country, at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, Sunriver Resort is regarded as the Northwest’s finest year-round vacation. Sunriver Resort is the premier family, meeting, golf and spa destination. Sunriver is located on the dry side of the Cascade Mountains and generously spread over 3,800 acres.
Resort accommodations include 211 Lodge Village guest-rooms and suites complete with wood-burning fireplaces and private decks and more than 300 vacation homes and condominiums, ideal for families and larger parties. River Lodges (33 total) are elegant and spacious rooms along the Sun River between the Sunriver Lodge and the Great Hall Conference Center.
At the focal point of the Resort is the Sunriver Lodge. The Lodge captures the history of the area while highlighting the grandeur of the Great Northwest. This elegant showpiece provides a place to relax and enjoy the magnificent views and offers several dining options, entertainment, a specialty shopping experience and art gallery. Concierge, award-winning Meadows Golf Shop, meeting/banquet rooms and guest registration are located in the Sunriver Lodge. Located on the dry side of the Cascade Mountain range, Sunriver Resort offers a unique vacation experience for all ages. For a memorable golf outing, quality family vacation, that important corporate meeting, or a beautiful Oregon wedding, our facilities and services remain unmatched!
With more than 45,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space, breakout sessions, meals, and exhibits are all in close proximity. The Resort earned a “Platinum Choice Award” as selected by the readers of Smart Meetings Magazine for Excellence in Achieving the Highest Standards in a Meeting Facility & Service in the Western Region, as well as “World’s Best Conference Resort” by Executive Travel and other meetings awards by Meetings & Conventions Magazine, Meetings and Incentives, and Meetings in the West.
Three 18-hole championship golf courses: Crosswater Golf Club, Meadows and Woodlands. Also available are the Meadows nine-hole putting course and Caldera 9-hole Links style par-3 course.
Savor the flavor of the west at any of Sunriver Resort’s restaurants: Carson’s American Kitchen, Crosswater Grille, Twisted River Tavern, Zeppa Bistro, Merchant Trader and the Spotted Frog.
The Sage Springs Club & Spa offers the latest in therapeutic body and beauty treatments. Club amenities include three indoor and four outdoor tennis courts; a two-lane, indoor lap pool; conditioning center and movement studio. Reservations: (541) 593-7891
Where Sunriver Resort sits now was some 60 years ago the home of Camp Abbot, where major training exercises and accomplishments were carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers during the time of World War II. To this day the history of our resort is memorialized through the dedication of the Besson Commons to the family of Camp Abbot’s founder, Colonel Frank. S. Besson.
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Offering great spaces for your golf outing, family vacation or meetings.
A deep basin, alpine lake located 15 miles northwest of Sisters and five miles east of Santiam Pass providing all types of water recreation activities. It’s a deep and clear lake surrounded by a mixed confier forest. Motorized and non motorized boats are allowed here, giving greater access to anglers hoping to nab a kokanee, brown trout or whitefish. There’s plenty of room for fisherman share the pristine 253-acre lake with water skiers and kayakers. Plenty of hiking and horseback trails are available in the area, as are nearly 100 campsites near every shore.
A deep basin, alpine lake located 15 miles northwest of Sisters and five miles east of Santiam Pass providing all types of water recreation activities. It’s a deep and clear lake surrounded by a mixed confier forest. Motorized and non motorized boats are allowed here, giving greater access to anglers hoping to nab a kokanee, brown trout […]
Todd Lake is an ideal place for a picnic, trout fishing, a paddle or a hike. It’s one of the easiest high-mountain lake to access so it’s popular for families in Bend wanting a quick getaway and visitors looking for a quick alpine experience without having to be overly adventurous. At 6,150 feet, Todd Lake is the highest of the Cascade Lakes sitting near the base of Broken Top, and just a half mile off the scenic byway. It’s a great spot for shoreline fishing as well as it’s illegal to fish from anything that floats and no motorized boats are allowed.
Todd Lake is an ideal place for a picnic, trout fishing, a paddle or a hike. It’s one of the easiest high-mountain lake to access so it’s popular for families in Bend wanting a quick getaway and visitors looking for a quick alpine experience without having to be overly adventurous. At 6,150 feet, Todd Lake is the […]
With a drop of 97 feet, Tumalo Falls is both the tallest and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek in Bend. Visitors can hike up the trail for a fantastic viewpoint, or stay near the parking area for more perspective. The day-use area is a popular spot for picnics and serves as a launching point for mountain bikers hitting the miles of singletrack nearby. The falls is equally impressive in the winter as the water sometimes freezes in time as it plunges over the edge.
With a drop of 97 feet, Tumalo Falls is both the tallest and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek in Bend. Visitors can hike up the trail for a fantastic viewpoint, or stay near the parking area for more perspective. The day-use area is a popular spot for picnics and serves as a launching point for […]
The Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway has a problem most of the bike rides in Central Oregon have: It’s hard to keep your eye on the road in front of you when the scenery is this good.
This 36-mile loop that starts and ends in Bend is relatively flat, but rolling enough to classify the terrain as “intermediate.” Travel Oregon (rideoregonride.com) calls this loop the most popular countryside riding loop from Bend, adding “it’s a great way to enjoy a few hours on a bike.” The name comes from the two bridges you’ll ride over to cross the Deschutes River.
Crosses several bridges in the varied terrain of Central Oregon
Unique bikes for rent at Wheel Fun Rentals for the whole family at the Old Mill District in Bend! Cycles also available at Black Butte Ranch and Eagle Crest Resort – – Surreys for 2-11 people, Deuce Coups, Slingshots, Choppers, Quad Sports, Mountain Bikes, Single Speed Cruisers, Baby Joggers, Kids Bikes and more. One hour, four hour, all day or multi-day rentals.
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Cruise along the beautiful Deschutes River and check out the unique shopping, great dining and fantastic views of the Cascade Mountain Range and scenic river vistas. Take the whole family for a ride on one of our Double Surreys. In addition to fantastic views of the scenic Deschutes River and Cascade Mountains, you’ll come across McKay Park, Drake Park, Mirror Pond, First St. Rapids Park, Sawyer Park, and Archie Briggs Canyon along this extensive bike trail.
Wheel Fun Rentals – Bike Tour: Bend, Oregon is the home of the Deschutes River Trail, a 19-mile trail that extends from Tumalo State Park to Meadow Camp. Your self-guided bike tour starts from our location in Bend’s Old Mill District, a historic district that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world. Parks, ponds, trees, and mountains dot this route all the way from our location to Archie Briggs Canyon, which offers incredible views of Mount Washington and Black Butte Ranch.
Bike Share & Bike Rentals. Bicycle stations are becoming more popular for commuters. Zagster, Bend Oregon’s bike share, offers cycles only to students and faculty at OSU-Cascades. Bike shares are intended for adult riders looking for a quick one way bike rental over flat terrain. Wheel Fun Rentals caters to all ages looking for fun and affordable bicycle rentals to enjoy with friends, family or loved ones. Better than a bike drop, we’re Bend’s best stocked bike station – full of a variety of bikes to choose from. A step beyond the Zagster kiosks, we provide safety equipment, a well maintained fleet, bike tours, and excellent customer service! Visit Wheel Fun Rentals, where riders are encouraged to leisurely explore and discover the city at their own pace! Learn more about why we’re different
The Old Mill District is an area formerly occupied by two lumber mills in Bend, Oregon. Encompassing approximately 270 acres along the Deschutes River, the Old Mill District is now a mixed-use area known for its shops, galleries and restaurants. It draws thousands of visitors and employs more than 2,500 people. Here you will find elements of the original buildings, including the area’s three signature smokestacks. The Old Mill District is one of Bend’s most historic, distinctive, and dynamic areas. Cruise along the beautiful Deschutes River and check out the unique shopping, great dining and fantastic views of the Cascade Mountain Range and scenic river vistas. Take the whole family for a ride on one of our Double Surreys.
McKay Park is an excellent choice for taking a break on your road trip. This park is the site for the Oregon Trunk Railroad interpretive sign, which describes Bend’s early railroad history. There is plenty of grass, picnic tables, and park benches to enjoy.
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Unique bikes and way more in the Old Mill District
Nestled along the Metolius River, the Hatchery raises Brown and Rainbow Trout along with Kokanee and Atlantic Salmon. They offer several display pools and a viewing pond for kids of all ages to feed the fish. Interpretive signage is available for self-guided tours or contact the Deschutes National Forest in advance to set up a group tour. The hatchery is surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest. There are abundant camping, hiking and fishing opportunities in the area. And free fishing days happen throughout the year.
Nestled along the Metolius River, the Hatchery raises Brown and Rainbow Trout along with Kokanee and Atlantic Salmon. They offer several display pools and a viewing pond for kids of all ages to feed the fish. Interpretive signage is available for self-guided tours or contact the Deschutes National Forest in advance to set up a […]