The Deschutes River Trails
A series of three parallel trails through pine forests and lava flows along the variously placid and tumultuous Deschutes River. Separate trails were built for hikers, horses, and bicycles. Cyclists also share the hiking trails in some parts. The trails are a total of about 30 miles along the Deschutes National Forest. Some nice spots along the trails are Benham Falls and Dillon Falls. Other activites like rafting and trout fishing prove enjoyable here as well. The trails are easy to moderate through different locations and only standard gear apllies.
The best way to learn of all the spots in and around the deschutes National Forest is to pick up a park map ($6-$8) which shows all the trails and roads. This park has a lot of numbered back roads that require a 4 wheel drive vehicle and seem to be great for 4 wheelers and ATV's (all terrain vehicles). In the summer the visitor's center is open and will direct you to where you would like.
This is the middle of three great northwards flowing river systems in Oregon - all are tributaries of the Columbia River. The Deschutes is a lifeline for the arid fileds and communities of central Oregon. An oasis among the juniper and lava fields. In Bend, the river is front and center forming the Mirror Pond along Drake Park. North from the city, the river carves its way through basaltic hills to the valley of Tumalo below. Here, at Tumalo State Park, you can enjoy the river and its meadows in stark contrast to the arid landscape beyond. Trout abound awaiting that special fly.
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Bend is the outdoor enthusiasts dream. It is a beautiful quiet little city with any outdoor activity you could imagine right out your back door. There are miles of hiking/mountain bike trails. You can camp (not in a park, just load up and find a spot where you want)in the Cascade Mountains, by the Deschutes River, in the Ochoco Mountains, and a variety of other places. People raft, cayak, and canoe in and around Bend. Smith Rocks is an internationally known park famous for rock climbing. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, sled, and snowshoe. The sun shines almost anyday of the year regardless of how cold it is out. The summers are warm and there are lakes all over the area for swiming, fishing, boating, & waterskiing. Bend is just 3 hours from Portland, Oregon. The Bend area is a wonderful place to visit and live. People are very nice here.