Winding waters cut through sunset-hued canyon walls in River Canyon Country, which encompasses towns in Central Oregon that are drawing visitors from around the world with their natural wonders. Crooked River Ranch is home to Steelhead Falls. In Prineville, you can cycle the Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bikeway and hike in the Ochoco National Forest. Warm Springs is the heart and soul of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and had one of the finest Native American art museums in the West. Madras and Culver are major hubs for anglers who fish on Lake Billy Chinook or wade into the flowing waters of the Lower Deschutes, Metolius and Crooked Rivers. Maupin is a rafting community with whitewater thrills and a place where anglers obsess over hard-fighting Deschutes River trout. No matter which town you visit in River Canyon Country - you’ll leave with a story to tell and a desire to return for more adventure.
A small western-themed town with a slow pace of life is overlaid with an ever-expanding creative culture and a long-standing outdoor recreation tradition. In the shadow of the Three Sisters mountains, western-themed buildings are host to a blend of restaurants, local shops, and galleries in the Hood Avenue Art District. Nearby outdoor recreational opportunities include hiking in the Three Sisters Wilderness, fishing Whychus Creek or cycling the McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway. A vibrant live-music scene culminates in the fall with the highly anticipated Sisters Folk Festival. If you’re looking for a town where you can do it all - at your own pace - Sisters is the place.
Touting titles like BeerTown and DogTown USA, Bend is one of those places that’s tough to leave once you’ve arrived. Frequently gracing “must-travel” lists, this mountain town with impressive views of the Cascade Range, 30+ craft breweries, 300 miles of single-track, and more than 80 parks and open spaces deliver a memorable experience for the whole family. Access to alpine lakes and Mt. Bachelor - North America’s 6th largest ski area - which is open for all-season fun, including downhill mountain biking and zip-lining is just a short drive up the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Complementing the wide variety of recreational opportunities, upscale, and luxury accommodations, from boutique hotels to destination resorts, ensure Bend is a place worthy of your vacation.
Centrally located in the High Desert, Redmond is community rejuvenated with upscale restaurants, a growing beer scene, ample lodging, vibrant parks, and a bustling downtown district. With direct access to all that Central Oregon has to offer, Redmond is the ideal place to start your adventure. Through music events, parades, farmers markets, and festivals, Redmond offers visitors a true slice of Americana. Nestled in Redmond’s backyard, Smith Rock State Park - the birthplace of U.S. Sport Climbing - is a must-see destination. The park’s sheer umber-colored cliffs attract rock climbers, while hikers and mountain bikers come fro the diverse trail system. Redmond is also the region’s commercial air hub with Roberts Field (RDM) serving as Central Oregon’s only commercial airport for travelers.
Sunriver is the Pacific Northwest’s premier destination resort and residential community, as well as Central Oregon’s year-round base camp for adventure, group retreats, and family fun. From spring through fall, Sunriver Resort’s superior golf courses shine. The resort is home to 63 holes of world-class golf, including the famed Crosswater Club, a Golf Digest Top 100 course. In Sunriver, families can spend the day riding bike along 30 miles of paved trails, going on a guided horseback ride, or visiting the Sunriver Nature Center. Throughout your trip, dine on seasonal dishes fit for an imaginative palate as Sunriver Resort strives to create extraordinary culinary moments at its restaurants.
South of Bend and Sunriver, geologic wonders abound. The area’s largest town, La Pine, is a sparsely populated community cloaked in pines. Nearby, the Newberry Crater in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a must-see natural marvel. The obsidian flows, vents, pumice cones, and hidden pockets of magma continue to fascinate geologists and adventurers. When this shield volcano’s massive dome first collapse around 500,000 years ago, what remained was the spectacular caldera we see today. From atop Paulian Peak (7,985 feet), you can witness thousands of acres of volcanic landscape, with beautiful lakes and large lava fields, such as the Big Obsidian Flow. Lava Lands, part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, was used by NASA astronauts in the 1960s to simulate the surface of the moon. La Pine is Central Oregon’s last big secrete, where pine trees, big mountain, and wide-open place for discovery reign.
There are a million ways to have a good time in Central Oregon, but if you’re only visiting for a few days you’ll want to plan ahead to make the most of your trip! Check out our curated packages for the region’s best experiences. Visit Central Oregon packages allow you to book multiple activities with different outfitters all in one place.
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When you visit Central Oregon it may feel like you’re away from it all, but the reality is you’re probably just a quick direct flight or short drive away from home. Fly to Central Oregon from most major cities in the west, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Salt Lake, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix on major carriers including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, and United. Or, make an adventure of the drive and find your way here on one of Oregon’s breathtaking scenic byways or scenic bikeways.
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When it comes to business in Bend, no organization has been looking out for the best interest of this community longer than the Bend Chamber of Commerce. Since 1926 the Bend Chamber has worked to support its mission to be a vital strategic partner creating resources and opportunities for member success, quality of life, engagement and meaningful impact.
From traditional Ribbon Cuttings to newer and more progressive programs such as Youth Career Connect, Bend YP, Leadership Bend and What’s Brewing, the Bend Chamber provides the tools and the resources Bend businesses and the community at large need to succeed.
Membership in the Bend Chamber of Commerce is much more than a plaque on the wall, the fulfillment of a sense of civic obligation, or the means to generate new business. Rather, membership represents a commitment to the continued prosperity of the Bend Economy. It’s a means of facilitating meaningful and impactful change, of accessing and taking advantage of valuable educational opportunities, and interacting with like-minded individuals and businesses that share the same dedication to fostering a livable, sustainable, and prosperous Bend.
As one of the only Chambers of Commerce in the Western United States that is supported 100 percent by members, The Bend Chamber receives no government funding and as such remains an unbiased advocate for the best interests of the business community. This allows the Chamber to lobby hard on behalf of its members when it comes to civic matters and to take on controversial issues others cannot or do not for political and other reasons.
The Bend Chamber has been here for the business community for over 85 years. Encouraging business development, support, retention, and recruitment to community development, information dissemination, and issues management, the Bend Chamber takes the lead – yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
For businesses seeking education, outreach, advocacy, networking, and more, and who want their membership dollars to work hard for them in the hands of local stewards, there is and always has been one clear leader, the Bend Chamber Commerce. Where Bend business does business.
Beautiful La Pine, Oregon is a jewel in Central Oregon and south Deschutes County. A community among thousands of tall pines, close to the Cascade Lakes and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, it boasts spectacular outdoor recreation opportunities through its hometown slogan “The Outdoors at Your Front Door.”
A town celebrating 100 years, its rural, relaxed, friendly atmosphere offers spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The major Deschutes and Little Deschutes Rivers run close to the town center and many nearby prairies offer panoramic vistas. All this beauty tends to hide from view the growth and many services and commercial enterprises residents enjoy.
Situated in scenic Central Oregon, Jefferson County is a blend of industry, agriculture and recreation. Residents enjoy panoramic mountain vistas, countless recreational opportunities and friendly people. The county offers a slower pace, yet is close to the larger city amenities available in Bend and Portland.
Tucked amid the popular destinations of Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, Indian Head Casino, the Cove Palisades State Park and Metolius River Recreational area, you may find some surprising adventures. Enjoy boat races, car races and wild horse races. There is your choice of rivers & reservoirs in which to float, raft or wet a line. Hiking and biking trails dot the high elevation forests, as well as the desert landscape. We have agate beds, wildlife preserves and a large grassland preserve that is home to antelope, deer, quail and chukkars.
You need not look far for an outdoor adventure in Jefferson County. You just need to know where to look.
The Maupin area offers a refreshing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. A small town pace in an area filled with unspoiled desert beauty will set your visit in the right frame of mind. Located just 45 minutes south of The Dalles on Hwy 197, and just a short drive from the Portland or Bend areas. Recognized for superb whitewater excitement and world-class wild trout and steelhead fishing, Maupin is your headquarters for outdoor recreation.
The area is a vast playground for deer, elk, and bird hunters. Multiple runs of steelhead, salmon, and trout help fisherman find serenity on the Deschutes River. Come see what the high desert has to offer any time of the year.
Central Oregon’s oldest community also happens to have its pulse on the high tech needs of the future. Prineville, while maintaining its small-town cowboy charm, is quickly becoming a hot spot, so to speak, for some of the tech industry’s biggest names like Facebook and Apple which have recently set up shop there. The town is experiencing a renaissance with more places to dine, a new brewpub and choice lodging.
Nestled at the foot of the Ochocos, Prineville and Crook County both offer a host outdoor activities including two of the most popular golf courses in the entire region. The area also serves as the starting point for fishing trips along the Crooked River or the Prineville and Ochoco Reservoirs.
Long noted as Central Oregon’s commercial air hub (RDM), Redmond has transformed itself into a rejuvenated town with upscale restaurants, brewpubs and lodging. Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne is a top attraction in Redmond’s backyard. Redmond is also home to the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo.
The town of Sisters sits at the foothills of the Cascade mountain range. Sisters is a small western themed town with an abundance of festivals and things to do throughout the year. Visit during the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters Folk Festival or The Sisters Rodeo billed as “The Biggest Little Show in the World, or just escape and enjoy small town life. If you like to shop & Dine, you won’t be disappointed by the array of offerings to choose from.
The Sisters Country, including the charming town of Sisters, Oregon, quaint Camp Sherman, Suttle Lake, Black Butte and Hoodoo, all where central Oregon starts, is a destination like no other. The Sisters Country is an expanse of majestic and inspiring natural beauty reaching from the town of Sisters, Oregon, to the panoramic Pacific Crest Trail. Explore Central Oregon outdoor adventure and cultural experiences including the world renowned Sisters Rodeo, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, or the Sisters Folk Festival.
Sunriver is the Pacific Northwest’s premier destination resort and residential community with over 3,300 acres of forest and meadows which are bordered by the Deschutes River and scenic public lands. The emphasis in Sunriver is families enjoying clean, healthy and safe outdoor activities and adventures through out the year.
Sunriver contains over 35 miles of paved roads designed exclusively for bicycles and pedestrians. In the summer, The Deschutes River offers canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding from the resort’s private marina. In the winter, Sunriver is one of the closet communities to Mt. Bachelor, where you can enjoy world class skiing or snowboarding. There are also miles of public lands available for snowmobiling, cross country skiing or snowshoeing. For the golfers in the family, there are 4 championship golf courses.
In town, the new Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center (SHARC) features a leisure pool, two slides, a lazy river and splash pads. Indoors, the center offers a fitness center, swimming pool and serves as a community center for events and social functions.
The Village at Sunriver is the retail hub of the community. The Village contains over 50 stores and restaurants and the large courtyard and skating rink hoists many community events through out the year. Sunriver also has its own nature center and its crystal clear sky’s make it the perfect home for the Oregon Observatory. In addition, Sunriver has its own airport, horse stables and river marina.
Sunriver offers a wide variety of lodging accommodations. The 4 star Sunriver Resort offers numerous first class rooms and suites and is ideal for business meetings, conferences or group gatherings. Or you can rent on a daily or weekly basis one of the numerous residential homes, cabins or condominiums located within the community.
The dining in Sunriver is second to none with over 20 restaurants to choose from. At the resort, The Meadows provides a world class dining experience and offers a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinners. Or you can relax at the Owl’s Nest and enjoy one of your favorite drinks or cocktails and enjoy the beautiful view of Mt. Bachelor. The Sunriver Brewing Company makes their own micro brew that can be enjoyed at their new pub and restaurant. For casual dinners, you can grab a freshly made pizza, Subway sandwich or stop at the Country Store and get everything you need to cook your own meal at your vacation home.
Whether you are looking for a location for you business convention, wedding, family reunion or simply a place to get a way from it all, Sunriver is the place to go.
Come and visit Maupin. A friendly, small-town pace and unspoiled desert beauty await you in Maupin, Oregon on the wild and scenic Lower Deschutes River. Maupin is celebrated for superb whitewater rafting, world-class fishing, exceptional upland bird and big game hunting on public and private land, breathtaking cycling routes, hiking trails, waterfalls, and much more! Located just 45 minutes south of The Dalles on Hwy 197, and a short drive from the Portland or Bend areas, Maupin is the perfect getaway for year-round outdoor recreation in Central Oregon.
With so many trails to hike, paths to bike, river adventures to take, and fun family memories to make, we’re here to help plan your perfect Maupin vacation. We have compiled information on our favorite spots, from where to stay and what to eat, to helpful tips on obtaining fishing or hunting licenses, and links to other great planning resources. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your question. We look forward to welcoming you to Visit Maupin, your hometown away from home!
Maupin is a tight-knit community whose work and play centers on the stunning Lower Deschutes River that winds its way through the center of town. The residents of Maupin are also its business owners, teachers, civil servants, and guides. The money you spend in Maupin stays in Maupin and helps support our local economy. We are proud of our town and are excited to share its beauty, history, and adventure with you. Come and Visit Maupin.
The high desert weather in the Maupin Area makes this a great place for hiking. The White River empties into the Deschutes and has a magnificent series of waterfalls that are accessed by a trail from White River Falls State Park. There is also an access road that follows the Deschutes River, providing many opportunities for hikes up side-canyons through the incredible landscape. Also, many trails on the Eastside Mt. Hood National Forest are only a short drive away. Just south on Hwy 197 from Maupin is the BLM’s Criterion Area that offers rugged day hikes with spectacular mountain scenery. Please observe rules and regulations, stay on designated trails, be alert and courteous, minimize your impact, and avoid muddy areas. When you Visit Maupin, Please Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly.
A warm, inviting mountain getaway with a cosmopolitan appeal is what you’ll find when you arrive in the friendly town of Bend, Oregon.
Majestic, snow-capped peaks adorn the high-desert skyline, making for some of the best weather in Oregon—think sun-drenched days and cool nights—along with endless options for plenty of play time.
Dubbed the “outdoor playground of the West” for a thousand good reasons, Bend is world famous for both its outdoor pursuits and pristine beauty. You can catch an art exhibit, dine at an award-winning restaurant,spoil yourself at one of our many spas, or climb South Sister, the state’s third highest peak. Bend makes a great spot for family-friendly fun as well, from whitewater rafting in the summer months to wintertime Kids Ski Free specials at Mt. Bachelor. What will your Bend adventure be?