CENTRAL OREGON OUTDOOR RECREATION
Central Oregon is a region that is famous for its sensational outdoor recreation opportunities. Few places on the continent of North America can compare with the sensational High Desert beauty and myriad recreation opportunities offered here. The vast majority of Central Oregon residents are outdoors enthusiasts to the core. Central Oregon residents and visitors alike flock here to enjoy a four season playground offering skiing, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, boating, golfing, spelunking, mountain climbing and much more.
When you’re blessed with a region that features more than 300 days of sun a year, it’s not surprising that outdoor recreation would be a celebrated area tradition. Those who have chosen Central Oregon as their home base have usually done so, at least in part, because of the area’s world-class outdoor activities. While the cities of Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver and Madras offer exciting city center attractions, restaurants, and cultural events, the area surrounding these main Central Oregon cities is largely wide open, high desert terrain populated by pine and juniper trees, and desert shrubbery and tumbling tumbleweed. This native vegetation makes for an impressive setting- especially for those who are seeing this kind of geography for the first time!
As mentioned earlier, Central Oregon visitors and residents alike, make use of this spectacular High Desert terrain with a wide variety of compelling outdoor recreation activities. Hiking and mountain biking are popular past-times here. There are literally hundreds of trailheads and wide open terrain that is ideal for hikers and mountain-bikers alike. All one has to do is pull off the main roads to be greeted with a plethora of beautiful trails. Hiking and mountain biking opportunities in Central Oregon range from beginner to expert levels.
While Central Oregon is undoubtedly a four season outdoor playground, winters here are particularly popular because of the region’s world-class skiing and mountain vacation opportunities in ski resorts such as Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo. The ski resorts of Central Oregon are famous for their impressive fresh powder outpourings and their resort accommodation and amenities. The resort village of Sunriver really comes alive in the winter months, serving as a home base for Mt. Bachelor ski and snowboard enthusiasts. Sunriver is also popular with retirees and families looking to enjoy the winter wonderland featured in Central Oregon between the months of October and March every year.
The 300+ days of sunshine in the Central Oregon cities of Bend, Sisters, Redmond, and Madras make it an ideal location for four-season golfing and tennis. Redmond, with a slightly lower elevation than Sisters and Bend, and a greener topography than Madras to the north, is especially known for its impressive golfing opportunities. In recent years, not only Bend, but also the territory between Sisters and Redmond has seen the construction of several world-class resorts, such as EagleCrest, that offer premium Central Oregon golfing and tennis opportunities to area visitors.
Of course no vacation getaway in Central Oregon would be complete without an exploration of the area’s impressive volcanic peaks. The town of Sisters is named after the Three Sisters, a triune set of volcanoes located next door. And of course the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort also resides on top of volcano- which is of course thankfully dormant! Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte, and Mt. Hood to the north, are also impressive volcanic peaks that can be seen and explored throughout the Central Oregon region. Sites such as Lava Lands and the High Desert Museum, both located just south of Bend, entertain and educate visitors about this region’s volcanic history with tours and geologic sites where blackened, lava outcrops stretch out mile after mile. Crater Lake, located further south on the road to Klamath Falls, offers its own outstanding views and hiking opportunities.
Central Oregon truly is a four season playground offering a rich and varied collection of outdoor recreation activities for area visitors to take advantage of. If you're planning a Central Oregon vacation getaway, be sure to visit our Central Oregon hotels and accommodation page for great deals on Sisters, Redmond, Sunriver, Madras and Bend hotels. Browse to the Central Oregon city of your choice, compare hotels, motels, lodges and resorts and then book the Central Oregon hotel that's right for you.
In addition to the recreational pursuits described above, Central Oregon also offers premium spelunking, kayaking, and fishing opportunities in alpine and canyon lakes. The Smith Rock Canyon, located just east of Terrebonne offers some of the most incredible rock climbing opportunities in all of North America. There really is no end to the outdoor recreation opportunities available to Central Oregon visitors of Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Terrebonne, Sunriver, and Madras. In the land of the High Desert, the outdoors is the true star of the show for its millions of annual visitors.