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Central Oregon: High Desert and Mountains

Central Oregon is a world away from its coastal counterparts in Western Oregon. With high deserts, aromatic forests and ample skiing, golfing and other outdoor sports opportunities, Central Oregon is a peaceful place to enjoy the natural world and engage in your favorite outdoor activities. Unlike the rainy coastline, this part of Oregon enjoys many sunny days with bright blue skies. You’ll enjoy amenities such as a fireplace, hot tub and Internet access in your vacation cabin, house or condo.

Shopping and Dining

Bend is home to a wide range of shopping and dining opportunities. This small but progressive city is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. You can walk the downtown area and enjoy many boutiques, art galleries and culinary delights in a festive and friendly atmosphere. Microbreweries and wineries are a popular choice for local spirits, conversation and delicious pub cuisine in Central Oregon. Contemporary shops with gifts and essentials of all styles and types will keep you entertained during your visit and allow you take souvenirs from your trip home with you.


Bend and Sunriver are home to many world-class golf courses that are a favorite vacation spot for the serious golfer and amateurs as well. A wide variety of golf course designs explore both the desert and the foothills, with standard courses and very difficult fairways and greens. Forested vistas, rivers and lush greens in a mountainous setting make for beautiful views and a spectacular sporting experience. In the absence of snow, golf can be played all year long in Central Oregon.

Sunriver is a planned resort community that is home to several private and public golf courses, swimming pools, educational programs and bicycle trails. The forested Central Oregon environment offers a great deal of privacy and solitude. It is a peaceful destination to escape a busy urban lifestyle and spend time in a quiet setting enjoying the natural surroundings.

Skiing and Winter Sports

Mt. Bachelor is Central Oregon’s primary ski area, with a variety of downhill slopes and cross-country skiing trails. This magnificent dormant volcano also hosts snowboarding and snowshoeing, which are popular winter sports in this beautiful, scenic area. This large ski area offers a long season for skiing and snowboarding, with an abundance of dry powder that appeals to both professional and amateur downhill racers.

Dogsledding: Bend is a central hub for dogsledding in the Pacific Northwest. Competitive racers make the Central Oregon area their home, and dog sleds can be rented for wintertime tours of the area. Standard trips can accommodate up to four people, and lengthier marathon trips can be booked as well.


Central Oregon enjoys a four-season climate with warm, pleasant summers and chilly, snowy winters. Spring and fall can be unpredictable with a mix of warm weather and precipitation. Depending on the time of year you plan to visit Central Oregon, you’ll want to pack for the season and expect the possibility of snow and ice in the winter. If you are driving a private or rental car, you’ll want to be prepared for slippery roads with snow tires, chains and warm clothing

How to Get There

Roberts Field Airport in Redmond, Oregon is a 20-minute drive from Bend and is the fourth-largest airport in Oregon. Many flights serve this airport, and an international airport is available just a four-hour drive away in Portland, Oregon. Passenger train, bus, private and rental cars are also excellent ways to travel throughout Central Oregon to visit the many small towns and to have the opportunity to take in the beautiful views along the way.

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