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Bend Old Mill District

New shopping and dinning area. Areas to walk.

Drake Park

Park with pond in the center of Bend

Pilot Butte

500 foot cinder cone in Bend (Greenwood Ave and 12th St.)

Hiking trail to the top.

Lava Butte | link

Just south of Bend on highway 97

Smith Rock

About 30 miles north of Bend just east of highway 97. Spectacular views of the rocks. Some trails

Paulina Lake (and East Lake)

Southeast of Bend near La Pine.

Bring a picnic cooler and sit by the lake. Also trails.


Cultus Lake | 541-408-1560

About 50 miles west of Bend in the Mt Bachelor area

Bring a picnic cooler and sit by the lake. Also trails.

High Desert Museum

Just south of Bend. Many indoor and outdoor exhibits, well done.

Painted Hills

About 85 miles east of Bend in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Amazing views. Interpretative center explains the history.


Town 22 miles northwest of Bend


White Water Rafting





Scenic Drives

1. Cove Palisades / Lake Billy Chinook

An easy drive leads visitors through farm land, grass lands and across the High Desert. Incredible views of the Cascades, Lake Billy Chinook and Cove Palisades. From Madras, turn west on "D" Street. This road turns into the Culver Highway; follow signs at Belmont Lane intersection.

2. Ochoco National Forest

These forest routes lead through towering ponderosa pines, peaceful valleys and to stunning geologic formations. Take highway 26 east from Prineville.

3. Lower Crooked River Scenic Byway

The only highway in the country that is still a dirt road. The trip leads across the stunning High Desert and into the breathtaking Crooked River Canyon. From Bend, take Highway 20 east toward Millican. Ten miles east of Millican look for a junction on the north (left) side of the road. This is your junction for Highway 27.

4. McKenzie Pass

This narrow, twisting summer-only route offers amazing scenery including lava flows and vast forests. Take highway 242 west from Sisters.

5. Santiam Pass

This busy road connecting Central and Western Oregon offers breathtaking views of the forests, mountains and rivers. In summer, route makes a loop when joined with the McKenzie Pass. From Sisters, take the Santiam Pass junction of highways 20/126.

6. Cascade Lakes Highway

Starting in Bend, this summer-only drive offers stunning views of South Sister, Broken Top and Mount Bachelor. Alpine lakes, lodges and trailheads line the way. From Bend, take Century Drive past Mount Bachelor Ski Resort.

7. Paulina Lake

Visitors enjoy a peaceful drive through the forest on their way to the caldera lakes of Newberry Crater. View waterfalls, a giant obsidian flow and spectacular views. Drive about 22 miles south of Bend on Highway 97 and make a left onto Forest Road 21.