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Central Oregon Attractions

Central Oregon boasts an abundance of pristine natural beauty and abundant sunshine, which have made this region one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in the world! 

  • Biking - 40+ miles of paved bike paths within Sunriver and hundreds of miles of mountain biking trails in the surrounding forest.
  • Hiking - Surrounded by thousands of acres of National Forest land and hundreds of miles of hiking trails.
  • Horseback riding - Guided horse rides available at the Sunriver Stables.
  • Fishing - World class fly-fishing on the Deschutes and Fall rivers. Spin and bait fishing on dozens of nearby mountain lakes.
  • World-class skiing - 3,600 acres of skiable terrain on nearby Mt. Bachelor.
  • Snowboarding - 3,600 acres of skiable terrain on nearby Mt. Bachelor.
  • Groomed Nordic trails - Dutchman Flat, Swampy Lakes, Edison and Meissner Sno-Parks and the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center are all within a 20 minute drive from Sunriver Resort. 
  • Dog-sled rides - Iditarod dog sleds rides available from Mt. Bachelor.
  • Snowmobiling - Over 500 miles of groomed trails in the area. 
  • Snowshoeing - Guided tours available departing from the Resort.
  • Whitewater rafting - Class III rapids minutes from the Resort.
  • Kayaking - Float trips available at the Sunriver Marina and whitewater available downstream.
  • Rock climbing - Over 1,500 climbing routes at Smith Rock, about an hour's drive from Sunriver.
  • Swimming - Sunriver Community Pool - SHARC. The community pool is managed by the Sunriver Owner's Association. 

Central Oregon Area Highlights...

The Seven Wonders of Oregon

One of the best things about staying at Sunriver Resort is being centrally located to unlimited recreational activities and attractions around Oregon. Travel Oregon recently released a list of Oregon's Seven Wonders. The full list includes Mt. Hood, The Oregon Coast, The Columbia River Gorge, Painted Hills, Smith Rock, The Wallowas and Crater Lake. Here in Sunriver, we are a quick day trip from three of The Seven Wonders of Oregon.

Smith Rock State Park
Just 45 minutes to the north of Sunriver Resort is a top climbing and hiking destination for people from all over the world. It is rumored that the modern day sport of Rock Climbing originated at Smith Rock State Park. The sheer cliffs and towering rocks are a sight that you have to see with your own eyes, trust us!

Crater Lake National Park
Just an hour and a half south of Sunriver Resort is the awe inspiring Crater Lake. Crater Lake was formed when Mount Mazama erupted 7,700 years ago, the eruption caused the mountain to collapse forming a crater in place of the peak. Over time snow and rain has filled the deep crater with crystal clear blue water, unlike what can be found anywhere else in the world. The lake is 1,943 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in the United States and the ninth deepest lake in the world.

Painted Hills
Just two hours to the east of Sunriver Resort is the Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. The painted hills were formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. The black color is lignite, the grey color is mudstone, siltstone and shale and the red coloring is laterite soil. The colors come together to create a natural sight that looks straight out of a painting.



COG WILD | 541-385-7002
Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles |

FIRST ASCENT | 541-318-7170
Rock Climbing |

WANDERLUST TOURS | 541-389-8359 
Canoe, Kayak, Cave, Volcano and Brew Bus/Pour Tours |
Canoe or kayak secluded high Cascade Lakes; experience remote caves with helmets and headlamps; explore the crater of an ancient volcano; visit four of the area’s outstanding breweries for a behind-the-scenes look at crafted libations. No experience necessary; all ages and ability levels welcome! Half-day trips leave at 9:00am and 1:30pm. Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tours offered nightly.

SUN COUNTRY TOURS | 541-382-6277
Whitewater Rafting |
Ride the rapids on professionally guided whitewater rafting tours. Enjoy convenient daily departures from both Sunriver’s Village Mall and from Bend. Duration of trip is from 3 hours to all day. Children 6 and older welcome on all trips.

OUTRIDERS | 541-688-7433
All Terrain Adventure |
Get out and explore Central Oregon in a guided side-by-side All Terrain Vehicle ride. The ultimate adventure!

HELICOPTER TOURS | 541-593-4609
Join Big Mountain Heli Tours for a flight over the Cascade Mountain range or Paulina Peak caldera. 30-minute and 60-minute tours available. Maximum capacity is three passengers.

PAULINA PLUNGE | 541-389-0562
Downhill Waterfall Mountain Bike Tour |
This downhill/waterfall mountain bike tour is a safe, fun family excursion for all active ages. You will descend over six miles down a smooth, gentle, winding forest trail on your mountain bike, to the creek below. Visiting six pristine waterfalls and playing on the two natural water slides will be the highlight of your vacation.

Fly Fishing |
Cascade Guides & Outfitters provides Sunriver’s only professional Orvis-endorsed fishing guide service. Lakes or rivers, classes, a complete fly shop: It’s all here and available daily in Sunriver. We supply everything you need for a guided full- or half-day adventure and have equipment available for rental. Daily beginner classes for families and adults are available.

GARRISON GUIDES | 541-593-8394
Spin Fishing |
Enjoy a day on the lake on a pontoon boat while you wait for the next big bite. Troll along as trout of all shapes and sizes get hooked on your line and you get hooked on Garrison Guides’ service. Perfect for families and children of all ages. Daily trips available.

Join us for an exciting game of Capture the Flag. Come alone or with friends and family. Private games may be arranged any day of the week with a maximum of 20 players. Available year-round. Call for current seasonal information.

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