No, you’re not imagining it: The days are getting shorter, and if you stand perfectly still you can almost feel the chill of fall reaching out to cool your fevered brow late at night. Fall is right around the corner and summer is almost over, but there’s still one more chance to celebrate the joys of the season with Labor Day in Sunriver, Oregon. Here’s a list of five of the most incredible ways to celebrate the last holiday of summer—hopefully you will have the opportunity to experience them all during your stay!

Horseback Riding Expedition

There once was a time when all Americans traveled from place to place on the back of our favorite gentle giants, but today very few get the experience. Sunriver Stables, located at 57235 River Road in Sunriver, gives you the opportunity to experience what you previously have only dreamed of: a horseback ride through the wilds of small-town Oregon. Offering lessons and pony rides in addition to the standard guided trail rides, this all-American activity is the perfect way to celebrate America’s hardest workers!

Picnic by the Falls

We can’t talk enough about the beauty of the Oregon landscape, and Benham Falls is the perfect place to hold your own Labor Day celebration. Rent a fishing pole and fish from the sidelines of the Deschutes River, or simply pack a lunch and hike to the spot where your hunger tells you to stop and enjoy an al fresco meal with the sounds of the falls as your dinner music.

Hike the Lava River Cave

Created from the ancient lava flow of a long dormant volcano, this mile-long cave offers a chilly adventure underground. Temperatures stay at approximately 42 degrees year-round, so be sure to wear something warm. Recreation passes are needed for this tour (purchase yours at, but it’s definitely worth the visit if you have the time!

Take the Kids to the Park

Fort Rock Park, located at 57515 E Cascade Road, is the perfect place to spend that extra day of your vacation, especially when you have young kids! Featuring a wooden jungle gym and a bucolic setting that is best enjoyed with kids and your favorite fur baby, a Labor Day frolic with family is one of our favorite ways to spend this end of season holiday.

Stay Home and Enjoy Your Sunriver Pines Escape

There’s no law that says you have to always be on the go during your vacation. Our vacation rentals are designed to be lived in, so here’s your chance! Put together puzzles with the kids in front of the fireplace in the living room, grill the catch of the day on the back deck, or simply snuggle in the corner armchair with a good book and a glass of wine. Reserve your stay today!