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Splashing through white water river rapids in Central Oregon
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Bike through evergreen forests, hike past cascading waterfalls or ski down snowy mountain slopes – it’s all within reach in Central Oregon.

Bend, a much loved mountain town, serves as your outpost for a variety of exciting outdoor activities in Central Oregon. It’s not only the place to go to rent bikes or sign up for a fishing charter, it’s also your getaway hub within terrific restaurants, craft breweries and bars, as well as cozy accommodations – all helping you to fuel up and rest for your days filled with mountain adventure.

Top Hiking Spots

If you’ve come to hike beautiful trails, you’ll be thrilled with your choices. You may even be adding hikes to your itinerary. Your first stop should be Smith Rock State Park, with its 12 different hiking trails located in the picturesque high desert terrain of Central Oregon. Volcanoes helped form this landscape, and the mountains they left behind are an incredible sight on the horizon. Venture up the Black Butte trail in summertime for vistas of these giants paired with colorful wildflowers. You won’t want to miss Lava River Cave. Yes, it’s as extraordinary as it sounds. This kilometer-long lava tube is part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

Of course, waterfalls, rambling creeks and majestic trees always add to the experience. You’ll see plenty of these on the Green Lakes Loop through the Three Sisters Wilderness and the North Fork Trail to Tumalo Falls.

Dusk along a hiking trail near Todd Lake

Dusk along a hiking trail near Todd Lake
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