What to Do

Welcome to our first fly-in to Sunriver, Oregon Nestled next to the Deschutes River on 3,300 acres of pristine high desert, lush meadows and beautiful pine forests, Sunriver, Oregon, is the premier Northwest destination for vacationers, golfers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. With the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Newberry Volcanic National Monument to the east, Sunriver boasts an exciting array of world class amenities such as golf, tennis, swimming, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, fly fishing, biking, hiking, bird watching, spa and fitness centers, music and art festivals, and a variety of restaurants from fine dining to casual.

If you are looking to golf, there are no less than 4 great golf courses to match your ability and desire.

We enjoy biking, so we rented a few bikes in the village, although some of the condos have bikes you can use.  There are miles and miles of trails through the woods, fields and along the river.  I suppose there are lots of mountain biking trails to the west, but we didn't look into that.

There's also the Deschutes River at the resort where you can canoe, kayak, or raft the river.  We paddled down the river which is mostly flat water through some beautiful country.  We brought a lunch and had a great day.

On one day, we rented a car and explored the area.  We enjoyed three (3) very different places.  First, we stopped at Lava Lands which had 2 things that were a lot of fun.  First you can walk along paths through the lava fields with panoramic views.  Secondly, at Lava River Cave, there is a one mile lava tube that you can walk down into with a lantern.  Bring a sweater as it is chilly.  At the end, you have to almost crawl, or you can turn around.  It's fun and should be part of everyone's Bucket List.

Up the road a little further was the High Desert Museum which is a combination of an indoor and outdoor museum.  Indoors you get to understand the geology of the area, the flora and the fauna.  Outdoors you walk through early pioneer villages, farms, and logging mills.  It's a lot of fun.

We continued on a loop through the mountains, to the west of Bend called the Cascade Lakes Highway  travelling through some high country with mountains and mountain lakes.  If you fish, bring a rod.  This loop would also be a good time to bring those mountain bikes.

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