1.6 Million Acres of Fun Outside

Deschutes National Forest

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Celebrating more than a century of forest management, the Deschutes National Forest runs along Central Oregon’s Cascades-from the Mount Thielsen Wilderness at its southern tip to the Mount Jefferson Wilderness the northern point. The Deschutes National Forest encompasses nearly 1.6 million acres, offering year-around recreation opportunities.

During the winter months, a wide-range of snow sports are possible across the forest. You can choose from skiing and snowboarding at world-class Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort or snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at one of our various sno-parks. Or perhaps you’d prefer to head out to Crescent Lake or Dutchman’s Flat on the back of a snowmobile. You can do all of these things and more when the Deschutes National Forest is blanketed in snow!

Whether you prefer to explore on an ATV, spin through the trees on a mountain bike, take a leisurely ride horseback or hike to the top of the highest peaks, summer in the Deschutes National Forest has something for you. The Deschutes River, and others, offer endless opportunities for whitewater boating, while a large collection of lakes play host to canoes, paddle boards, kayaks and motorized water sports. And don’t forget the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, boasting more than 54,000 acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features. No trip to Newberry Volcanic National Monument is complete without a trip to the top of Lava Butte, a cinder cone home to an operating fire lookout at its peak.

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Two Days for the Summer Outdoor Enthusiast

Are you coming to Bend to enjoy the multitude of recreation? If yes, then this list is for you! This list gives a variety of different activities allowing for all skill levels. There are plenty of great accommodations to choose from, but I suggest Bunk + Brew and LOGE Entrada because of their community features and being more connected to the outdoor cultures. Start out your trip getting to know the lay of the land so to speak and go get yourself a mountain view! The Tumalo Mountain Trail is short and sweet, great for a sunrise if you are feeling like gettin’ after it. If the Tumalo Mountain Trail doesn’t spark your interest then take a look at some of our other popular hikes. Once you’ve finished that hike you will probably want to get in some water. Elk Lake Resort and Cultus Lake Resort both have stand up…

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