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Black Butte

Best day hike near Sisters

Sisters, Oregon
Black Butte from Black Butte Ranch Golf Course in Central Oregon

Black Butte

Best day hike near Sisters

Sisters, Oregon  

Broken Top

Glacier-carved extinct Broken Top Volcano

Bend, Oregon
Broken Top Mountain in Central Oregon

Broken Top

Glacier-carved extinct Broken Top Volcano

Bend, Oregon  

Cline Falls State Park

Open year round, day use scenic park.

Redmond, Oregon

Cline Falls State Park

Open year round, day use scenic park.

Redmond, Oregon  

Cove Palisades State Park

$ – $$$

Year-round recreational destination by Lake Billy Chinook

Culver, Oregon

Cove Palisades State Park

Year-round recreational destination by Lake Billy Chinook

800-452-5687
Culver, Oregon  

Crane Prairie Reservoir

Camping, fishing, boating adventure

La Pine, Oregon
Boat at Crane Prairie Reservoir in Central Oregon

Crane Prairie Reservoir

Camping, fishing, boating adventure

La Pine, Oregon  

Crater Lake National Park

Deepest lake in the USA, short drive from Bend, Oregon.

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake National Park

Deepest lake in the USA, short drive from Bend, Oregon.

Crater Lake, Oregon  

Crooked River

Crooked River loops around Smith Rock State Park.

, Oregon
Crooked River in Smith Rock in Central Oregon

Crooked River

Crooked River loops around Smith Rock State Park.

 

Cultus Lake

Camping, fishing, boating, hiking adventures.

Bend, Oregon
Cultus Lake in Central Oregon

Cultus Lake

Camping, fishing, boating, hiking adventures.

Bend, Oregon  

Dee Wright Observatory

Lava stone observation at McKenzie Pass summit.

Sisters, Oregon
Observatory built from lava rocks in Central Oregon

Dee Wright Observatory

Lava stone observation at McKenzie Pass summit.

Sisters, Oregon  

Deschutes River

The river runs through Sunriver and Bend, Oregon

, Oregon

Deschutes River

The river runs through Sunriver and Bend, Oregon

 

Devils Lake

Beautiful scenic tourquoise lake, near Bend Oregon

Bend, Oregon
Devils Lake on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway near Bend, Oregon

Devils Lake

Beautiful scenic tourquoise lake, near Bend Oregon

Bend, Oregon  

East Lake

Camping, fishing, biking, hiking and more!

Bend, Oregon
View of East Lake in Central Oregon near Paulina Peak

East Lake

Camping, fishing, biking, hiking and more!

Bend, Oregon  

Elk Lake

Sailing, camping, cabins, restaurant and more!

Bend, Oregon
Sailboats at Elk Lake below Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon

Elk Lake

Sailing, camping, cabins, restaurant and more!

Bend, Oregon  

Fort Rock State Park

Scenic & Historic State Park

Fort Rock, Oregon

Fort Rock State Park

Scenic & Historic State Park

541-536-2428 / 800-551-6949
Fort Rock, Oregon  

Hosmer Lake

Launch your canoe and paddle through!

Bend, Oregon
Kayaking at Hosmer Lake near Bend and Sunriver, Oregon

Hosmer Lake

Launch your canoe and paddle through!

Bend, Oregon  

La Pine State Park

$$$$

Ponderosa Pine forest, camping, recreation year-round

Bend, Oregon

La Pine State Park

Ponderosa Pine forest, camping, recreation year-round

541-536-2071
Bend, Oregon  

Lava Cast Forest

Ancient trees molded by Lava over 7,000 years ago

Bend, Oregon

Lava Cast Forest

Ancient trees molded by Lava over 7,000 years ago

Bend, Oregon  

Lava Lands Visitor Center

The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument located at the base of Lava Butte. The visitor center includes a bookstore, educational films, a 3D map of the area and rangers on hand ready and willing to talk to about the geological wonders of Lava Lands and the expansive monument. Right outside the visitor […]

Bend, Oregon

Lava Lands Visitor Center

541-593-2421
Bend, Oregon  

Lava River Cave

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 […]

Bend, Oregon
Lava River Cave in Bend, Oregon

Lava River Cave

Bend, Oregon  

Little Lava Lake

The lake is home to the headwaters of the Deschutes River, which eventually flows north into the Columbia River. Although not deep, the lake is popular spot to fish, kayak and canoe. There’s a campground at the lake and areas for horseback riding as well.

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Little Lava Lake in the Cascade Lakes of Central Oregon

Little Lava Lake

 

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

A volcanic attraction covering over 500 square miles beginning just south of Bend and extending to just south of Sunriver and east of LaPine. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service, this monument provides a unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of central Oregon. It’s called a “monument,” but it’s actually a 50,000 acre region […]

La Pine, Oregon

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

La Pine, Oregon  

Obsidian Flow

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 […]

La Pine, Oregon
Obsidian Flow at Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Central Oregon

Obsidian Flow

La Pine, Oregon  

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Working To Protect Oregon Lands

Bend, Oregon

Oregon Natural Desert Association

Working To Protect Oregon Lands

541-330-2638
Bend, Oregon  

Painted Hills

Various geological features create the colorful layerings in these hills, making for a unique experience.

, Oregon
Painted Hills at John Day Fossil Unit in Central Oregon

Painted Hills

 

Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake is one of the twin crater lakes in the Newberry Caldera and is open year round. It’s located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, about 25 miles south of Bend. The caldera is what’s left after more than 500,000 years of volcanic activity. And unlike most lakes, neither Paulina or East lakes get […]

La Pine, Oregon

Paulina Lake

La Pine, Oregon  

Paulina Peak Viewpoint

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.”

La Pine, Oregon
View from Paulina Peak - Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Paulina Peak Viewpoint

La Pine, Oregon  

Paulina Plunge Downhill Waterfall Mtn Bike Tour

Wet, Wild and Unique family adventure

La Pine, Oregon

Paulina Plunge Downhill Waterfall Mtn Bike Tour

Wet, Wild and Unique family adventure

541-389-0562 / 800-296-0562
La Pine, Oregon  

Pine Mountain Observatory

The Observatory consists of three telescopes that gaze out at the stars from atop a 6,300-foot-high ridge in the Oregon Badlands just 26 miles (but about an hour’s drive) east of Bend. The Observatory is open to the public. The educational experience begins at sunset as a tour-guide gives a presentation about basic astronomy and […]

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Pine Mountain Observatory, a University of Oregon facility

Pine Mountain Observatory

 

Proxy Falls

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.

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Proxy Falls in Central Oregon outside of Sisters, Oregon

Proxy Falls

 

Smith Rock State Park

Internationally renowned for rock climbing along deep river canyons

Terrebonne, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park

Internationally renowned for rock climbing along deep river canyons

800-452-5687
Terrebonne, Oregon  

Sparks Lake

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 […]

Bend, Oregon
SUP at Sparks Lake in Central Oregon

Sparks Lake

Bend, Oregon  

Steelhead 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 […]

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Steelhead Falls on the Deschutes River in Central Oregon

Steelhead Falls

 

Summer Lake Hot Springs

$$ – $$$

Soak In The Hot Spring Rock Pools

Paisley, Oregon

Summer Lake Hot Springs

Soak In The Hot Spring Rock Pools

541-943-3931
Paisley, Oregon  

Suttle Lake

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 […]

Sisters, Oregon
Suttle Lake near Black Butte Ranch, Oregon

Suttle Lake

Sisters, Oregon  

Todd Lake

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 […]

Bend, Oregon
Todd Lake in Central Oregon

Todd Lake

Bend, Oregon  

Tumalo Falls

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 […]

Bend, Oregon

Tumalo Falls

Bend, Oregon