Central Oregon is the ultimate destination for RV travelers who love the outdoors. Skiing in winter, golfing and biking in summer and even more adventure in the seasons between are just a few of the reasons to spend time in the heart of the Beaver State.
The high desert of Central Oregon offers breathtaking views. Take a bicycling tour along the winding roads of the Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway. From the Old West town of Sisters to Smith Rock State Park, riders see the curving Deschutes River, the rugged Cascade Mountains and the iconic Smith Rock. The craggy face of this formation entices climbers from all over the world to test their skills.
Closer to the water, the Deschutes River Trail is an 18-mile trek through pine forests and ancient lava flows that dishes out views of the river as it wanders from calm waters to churning froth. The Madras Mountain Views Scenic Bikeway is a 30-mile loop that shows off the best of Oregon’s volcanic peaks: Mount Jefferson, the Three Sisters Mountains (Faith, Hope and Chastity), Broken Top and Three-Fingered Jack.
Central Oregon’s Heart of Adventure
Redmond, located smack in the middle of the action, makes an ideal base of operations for RVers eager for adventure. The charming town’s restaurants and stores provide everything a traveler needs, and the surrounding countryside will dazzle lovers of the great outdoors. Visit during the Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo (August 3–7), when the Deschutes County Fairgrounds fills with cowboys, rides, games and a host of exhibits devoted to agriculture and history. The venue also hosts RV rallies throughout the year.
After a day of adventure, relax at Expo Center RV Park, a Good Sam Park with 50 pull-through sites, Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities, restroom and shower. Open year-round, the park is close to fantastic hiking and skiing.
The nearby town of Bend is abundant in lush golf courses with backdrops of snow-capped peaks . The town is Central Oregon’s cultural epicenter, with museums, theater and art galleries geared for locals and visitors. Walk the Bend Ale Trail for the best suds in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss the Sisters Quilt Show (July 9), the Lithia Pacific Amateur Golf Classic (September 17–22) or the Pacific Crest Weekend Triathlon & Sports Festival (June 24–26), all held in the immediate area.
Hit the Water
While there’s no ocean in sight, Central Oregon knows how to keep summer visitors cool. Grab a kayak and a paddle for a trip along the Deschutes Paddle Trail, which includes 26 miles of the Little Deschutes River and 95 miles of the Deschutes River.
Gear up for more thrills on a white-water rafting tour, with launches available from Bend and Sunriver. Choose a heat-pounding, three-mile journey on the Deschutes, or settle in for a daylong ride on the Lower Deschutes. Central Oregon’s rivers teem with opportunities for fly fishing, too—rainbow trout and steelhead are frequent catches in the Deschutes River.
Oregon by Foot
Lace up your hiking boots and conquer the Pacific Crest Trail—or, at least the part that runs through Central Oregon. This portion takes hikers through the Cascade Range and perhaps is the most scenic in the state. The trail runs 40 miles through Three Sisters Wilderness, a collection of glacial lakes and lava fields, stands of fir trees and pine and Collier Glacier—one of Oregon’s largest glaciers.
Sights and Springs
Watch the sky open up and share its secrets at the Oregon Observatory in Sunriver. Gaze at the stars on a night viewing trip, or see the sun in its blazing glory on a daytime visit.
Shaniko, perhaps the state’s most recognizable ghost town, brings the past to life through year-round events.