Stunning sunset views of Paulina Lake inside the Newberry Caldera Volcanic National Monument
Stand-up paddleboarding on Sparks Lake
Fort Rock, an iconic landmark amidst the high desert terrain
Rousing live entertainment at Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend
Todd Lake in the shadow of Mt. Bachelor
Exploring natural history displays at the High Desert Museum in Bend
Savoring local flavors at one of Central Oregon's innovative restaurants
A snowshoeing excursion through the Three Sisters Mountains
Venture out on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains
Hiking, Biking and Paddling Excursions
Opportunities for outdoor pursuits are practically endless in Central Oregon. You'll find hiking trails for all four seasons, with options ranging from slow riverside strolls and waterfall hikes to challenging routes through some of Oregon’s most spectacular wilderness areas. If you'd like to explore on two wheels, see charming communities along the road cycling routes of Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway or delight in over 480 kilometers of singletrack trails and downhill thrills at Mt. Bachelor’s Bike Park. Scenic paved bike trails also beckon in Sunriver, Black Butte Ranch and Redmond. When the weather warms, grab your paddle and head to a clear Cascade lake or whitewater raft down the Deschutes River.
Striking Volcanic Sights
Clues of Central Oregon’s volcanic legacy are sprinkled across the region. Ski down the face of a volcano at Mt. Bachelor, Oregon’s largest ski resort; hike above ancient craters now primed for paddling, rowing and summertime swims; stroll through fields of shiny obsidian and explore subterranean lava caves left from seismic eruptions more than 50 million years ago.
Art, Culture & Indigenous History
From colorful, photo op-worthy murals in eight Central Oregon towns to high-energy concerts at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater, connect with local culture at galleries, art walks and festivals and even farm tours. Immerse yourself in the stories of the Warm Springs, Wasco and Northern Paiute tribes at the Museum at Warm Springs, which features one of the USA's largest collections of Native American artifacts. To encounter native wildlife and explore more cultural history, head to Bend to visit the High Desert Museum.