The spectacular region of Central Oregon offers a multitude of attractions and outdoor recreation highlights to draw visitors to the area. Deschutes County continues to see growth, year to year, in both tourism and relocation numbers. One of the largest draws to the area is the sunny, dry climate. There is some variability amongst the various communities, but overall, the area is blessed by approximately 300 days of sunshine per year. And with the sunny, dry climate comes a diverse and striking topography featuring Pine and Juniper trees and tumbling tumbleweed.
Beautiful High Desert
The area features a predominately High Desert geography and climate. During the winter months the temperature averages between 20 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer, temperatures range between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It is well known for its low precipitation.
The dry climate is one of the area’s real draws. The annual precipitation amounts vacillate between a narrow range of 10.5 to 12.04 inches. This low precipitation is a stark opposite of what residents on the other side of the Cascades (Portland, Seattle) can expect. Not surprisingly, many of the new residents are former residents of these very cities.
Each of the main cities in the Central Oregon region (Bend, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Terrebonne, Madras, Prineville) has its own variations of both precipitation and temperature; largely connected to each location’s particular elevation and nearness to the East Cascades.
The elevation of each of these locations is as follows: Bend- 3623′, Redmond- 3077′, Sisters- 3200′, Madras- 2242′, Prineville -2868′. The precipitation of each of these cities is as follows: Bend- 11.70, Redmond- 8.62, Sisters- 4.18, Prineville- 10.74, Madras- 10.90.
Another of the striking features of the area is its unique combination of dry, High Desert terrain and the volcanoes of the East Cascades. Residents can feast their eyes on numerous stunning volcanoes.
Moving north to south, these include Mt, Hood, Mt. Jefferson, the three Sisters, and Mt. Bachelor- which is also home to a popular, world-class ski resort. Within minutes residents can drive from a dense, forested mountain area in the East Cascades, to a dry, relatively desert terrain- featured in dramatic fashion in Central Oregon locations such as Madras, and even further north in Warm Springs.