With almost 300 days of sunlight, a wide variety of terrain, and infinite possibilities for cultural and outdoor activities, it is no surprise that Central Oregon is touted as one of the best places to live in the northwest. Whether looking for a summer festival, award-winning cuisine, the largest beer trail in the west, or almost any outdoor activity you can imagine, Central Oregon has you covered. View some of my favorite links below to find out all that Central Oregon has to offer.
Located in South Deschutes County, approximately 30 miles south of Bend, the quaint town of La Pine offers small-town amenities, great deals on real estate, and an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Home to over 40 miles of paved bike paths, award-winning golf courses, as well as easy mountain, river, and lake access; Sunriver is the Pacific Northwest’s premier destination resort and residential community.
Chances are you have heard of Bend, located in the heart of Central Oregon, it is world-famous for its variety of outdoor adventures and vibrant community. No matter what time of year or activity, you can find some family fun in Bend.
Never-ending blue skies and breath-taking panoramic views make the high desert of Central Oregon a perfect home to over two dozen golf courses, and has been ranked among the top 50 golf destinations in the world. Start with one of the links below to find the perfect course to tee off at.
Central Oregon has more variety for camping and hiking than you can imagine! Whether you are looking to camp next to a hidden cascade lake nestled among the pines, take a quiet walk along a winding river, or trek through the volcanic cast forest of lava lands (where astronauts trained to walk on the moon!), you can find it here. Here are just a few resources to get you started.
Home to Mt. Bachelor, the 6th largest ski resort in North America, sunny days, and deep, dry powder, you won’t need to spend the winter days cooped up inside. You will have plenty of options on how to spend your time, whether looking for the adrenaline rush of downhill skiing, snowboarding, or sledding; the quiet solitude of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails; or the adventures of exploring the snow-capped mountains via snowmobile.
From road biking to world-class mountain biking destinations to a fun family bike ride on paved trails, you will be able to find that perfect ride that fits your style in Central Oregon. Check out the links below to find a trail near you.
Home to international rock climbing destination, Smith Rock State Park and known as a “bona fide climbing town” according to National Geographic Adventure magazine, Central Oregon provides thousands of established climbing routes to choose from. View some of the links below to find out where to start your next climbing adventure.
With numerous rivers and more beautiful mountain lakes than you can imagine, you can find the perfect spot for Kayaking, Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP), white water rafting, floating, or even surfing!
Rated by Fly-Fisherman Magazine as one of the Top 10 fly-fishing towns in the US and home to renowned rivers, lakes, and streams, you will not have any problem finding your catch of the day in Central Oregon.
Central Oregon is known for its dry sunny days. With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, you will have plenty of beautiful days to experience the abundance of outdoor activities that are available. Unlike the west side of the Cascades, the region is predominantly High Desert, which means in the summer you will see warm summer days and cool nights and in the Winter, you can expect colder temperatures and snow.