By now you may have realized that a vacation in Oregon is one you will most likely want to spend outdoors. There’s plenty of fun to be had inside as well, but the beauty of the scenery in Bend is inescapable. The mountains in the background stand guard over acres of trees, emerald green grass, and of course, the Deschutes River that runs through it all. The attraction is real, and the longer you stay, the deeper you fall in love. We live here and we never get tired of it, and as such, many of our weekends are spent hiking the different trails in the area and falling deeper in love ourselves! Benham Falls Trail near Sunriver is a wonderful day use area, popular with locals and tourists, that offers outdoor Sunriver activities things to do that are sure to appeal all members of your family.
Plenty of Things to Do near Sunriver Besides Hiking
The Benham Falls East Trailhead near Sunriver is the entranceway to the Deschutes River Trail, but it is so much more than a great area for hikers! Bicyclists with street bikes will love the paved trails, and the gravel trails accessible from this trailhead are popular with mountain bikers. Tucked away in a grove of mature Ponderosa Pines, this is where one of the boat launch sites for the Deschutes River is located, but only non-motorized ones are permitted. The picnic tables set along the banks feature incredible views to enjoy as you dine al fresco with your family, the crisp scent of pine trees mingling with the aromas of the picnic lunch you threw together back at your Sunriver Pines vacation rental. Hikers will have a choice of trails, including the Benham Falls Trail near Sunriver, which allows pets as long as they are kept on a leash and their owners clean up after them. The different trails are for all skill levels, ranging from easy and all ability accessible to ones that are challenging and best left to the experts; knowing your limits will ensure your day at the Benham Falls East Trailhead is a great and memorable one!
Recreation Passes Required
Day passes are required from May through September. Costing only $5 per vehicle, the money is used towards preservation and protection of the areas you will be exploring during your vacation. Information on purchasing passes can be found at the US Government Forest site at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd509056.pdf.