Right near the main city of Bend, lies the sprawling and breathtakingly beautiful Shevlin Park. Blessed with natural splendor, the park has trails ideal for hiking and biking right alongside a serene stream, making it a perfect place for a quick hike and rejuvenation.
Unique to the city of Bend, the Pilot Butte is a volcanic rock formation in the form of a cone. This small hill can be hiked upon thanks to the three spiraling trails on its surface. From the summit, one can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Open all throughout the year, a visit to this place is a must when in Bend.
The Deschutes Historical Museum, as the name suggests, showcases the history of the Deschutes region, right from pre-colonial times up to the recent past. Exhibits range from Native American to colonial rule and much more, making it a great source of knowledge about the area.
Head to Cascade Lakes Welcome Station to know more about the popular spots and recreation activities in the Deschutes National Forest. You will also find maps, guide books and other educational material that will make you better equipped to explore this beautiful forest. You can also watch the interactive exhibits or speak to the staff to learn more about the safety guidelines as well as to understand the weather conditions while embarking on different hikes and trails.
The Paulina Visitor Center is also fondly referred as the Paulina Lake Guard Station. It is predominantly a forest service site that stands situated in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The construction of the site dates back to the year 1938. The guard station is more renowned for its rustic architecture that adds up to its beauty. The site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986.