Top Adventures in Deschutes County

  • Explore the Lava River Cave

    Located just 12 miles South of Bend and 5 miles Northeast of Sunriver in the Deschutes National Forest, the Lava River Cave is a unique experience the whole family can enjoy. To get there from Bend, drive South on Highway 97 for about 10 miles unt...

  • Explore Arnold Ice Caves

    ...Deep in the central Oregon Forest is a cave that is surrounded by Juniper Trees, Ponderosa Pines and the landscape of a secret volcanic underground world! This short hike is located roughly 12 miles East of Bend, and makes for an epic adventure...

    0.8 miles 40 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike Lava Lands Blackrock Trail to Benham Falls

    Blackrock Trail starts at the Lava Lands Visitor Center, which is about a 5-mile drive south of Bend on Highway 97. You can park at the Lava Lands Visitor Center and then take the trail marked Sun-Lava Trail. This will take you to Blackrock Trail,...

  • Hike to Paulina Lake Hot Springs

    Starting at Little Crater Campground, head north toward the hot springs (43.730, -121.247). If you're really looking to stretch your legs, you can extend the out-and-back hike to a full loop around the lake just shy of 8 miles. The water in the sp...

    2.4 miles

  • Hike Bessie Butte

    Just a mere 15 minutes outside of Bend, Oregon the Bessie Butte Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike to overlook Bend on one side and the Deschutes National Forest on the other. The butte provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountains of wh...

    1.5 miles 500 ft gain

  • Camp and Fish on East Lake

    East Lake is located in a very scenic part of Central Oregon about 30 miles East of the town of La Pine. At 6,400 feet in elevation, the lake is fed by snowmelt and underground springs. East Lake is know for it's trophy Brown Trout, Kokanee, Rainb...

  • Relax at East Lake Hot Springs

    This 100-120 degree pool is located along the south shore of the lake, with great views of the water. It's not likely to be crowded, although it does have a strong sulfur smell.

    0.6 miles

  • Hike up Paulina Peak

    Distance: 6 miles, out-and-back (Can also be done as a 12 mile loop via Crater Rim Trail).  Starting at Paulina Lake, just past the Visitor Center lies a marked trailhead for Paulina Peak. The trail starts close to the road and winds through the f...

    6 miles 1800 ft gain

  • MTB the Crater Rim Trail

    Paulina Peak with an elevation of 7,984 feet, and is about 4,000 feet higher than the terrain surrounding the volcano. There is a gravel fire road that winds to the top. This is a grueling climb with an 8000 foot elevation. Air please!The trail he...

  • Paulina Falls Hike to Paulina Lake

    First take the short 1/4 mile hike down to the lower lookout. Get there early to beat the crowd and get unobstructed views. The Paulina Falls is an 80 ft. twin waterfall. It's gorgeous. After you see the falls from the lower lookout, you can walk ...

    0.6 miles 300 ft gain

  • Bike or Hike The Deschutes River Trail

    The Deschutes River Trail is a must do mountain bike ride or hike in between Sunriver and Bend, Oregon. The river varies from calm water to waterfalls. The trail follows along the river and goes through pine forests, meadows, and lava flows. Most ...

    22 miles 1280 ft gain

  • Hike the Deschutes River Trail

    There are quite a few urban trails along the Deschutes River, but my favorite runs just South of the Old Mill District near the Farewell Bend Park. Here you will find a gravel loop trail that is private and relaxing, but also very convenient to ot...

    3 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • La Pine, Oregon

      Cinder Hill Campground

      Overview Cinder Hill Campground sits at the edge of beautiful East Lake in the caldera of Newberry Volcano. The area is part of the Newberry National Monument in Deschutes National Forest. The area...

    • Little Crater Campground

      Little Crater Campground

      Overview Situated on the edge of the beautiful Paulina Lake, Little Crater Campground is conveniently located within Newberry National Monument. Visitors to this area are taken aback by the incred...

    • La Pine, Oregon

      East Lake Campground

      Overview East Lake Campground sits at the edge of beautiful East Lake in the caldera of Newberry Volcano. Most sites in this campground are on the lake or no more than a few minutes walk away. Ther...

    • La Pine, Oregon

      Paulina Lake Campground

      Overview Paulina Lake Campground is located 6,350 ft. above sea level in the caldera of Newberry Volcano, on the edge of the beautiful Paulina Lake. Conveniently located within Newberry National Mo...

    • La Pine, Oregon

      Chief Paulina Horse Camp

      Overview Chief Paulina Horse Camp is the only horse campground located in Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest. A favorite for horse enthusiasts, the campground provides...

    • La Pine, Oregon

      Newberry Group Camp Site

      Overview Boasting some of central Oregon's most spectacular scenery, Newberry Group Campground is the only exclusive group site area within the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.Located along the...

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