High Desert Museum
Explore the culture and history of Oregon’s wild West by visiting The High Desert Museum, truly a cultural gem set of 135 acres about five miles from Sunriver. Observe river otters, porcupines and owls in their natural settings, then travel back in time to see the living history characters at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. The High Desert Museum is voted as one of the best things to do in Bend, Oregon. 541-382-4754 or www.highdesertmuseum.org
Newberry National Monument
The Newberry National Volcanic Monument is a spectacular wonder, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view the Lava Lands of Central Oregon. Newberry National Volcanic National Monument includes more than 54,000 acres of lakes, lava flows, and amazing geologic features in Central Oregon. The highest point within the monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Cascades, Newberry Caldera and across the High Desert. Lava Butte, Lava River Cave, Lava Cast Forest and Newberry Crater are all part of the monument.
To visit Paulina Visitor Center and Newberry Caldera, click here.
Lava Lands Visitor Center
The Lava Lands Visitor Center is the interpretive hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Friendly rangers will help orient you to the Monument using our 3D topographic map. Visit our state of the art interpretive exhibit on area geologic and cultural history, shop in the Discover Your Forest Bookstore, view a variety of films scheduled daily, walk the Trail of Molten Land and the Trail of the Whispering Pines, travel on the fully accessible 5.5 mile Sun-Lava paved path, picnic under the pines, attend a ranger talk, walk to the top of Lava Butte for a spectacular view of Central Oregon.
To visit Lava Lands Visitor Center, click here.
Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory
Whether you are an early bird or a night owl, be sure to visit the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory! Located next to Lake Aspen and nestled among eight-acres of pine forest, wetland and meadow habitats, Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory is your gateway to the natural world, distant galaxies and everything in between! Spend the day learning for the team of naturalists about the local wildlife, plants and birds. Spend the evening at the observatory gazing at the stars. The Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory is a wonderful and fun way to learn about Sunriver’s natural and nightly surroundings.
Mt. Bachelor Resort is a classic treasure and a family tradition. It’s where generations have learned to ski and snowboard, and families return every year to explore the more than 4,000 skiable acres and 101 runs. It’s a place with breathtaking views of the nearby Broken Top and the Three Sisters. Known for its winter activities, it also is the place to escape the summer heat to enjoy lift-accessed downhill mountain biking, ziplining, scenic chairlift rides, dining at 8,000 feet and more. It is located 20 miles from Sunriver.
Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic and Recreational Center (SHARC)
The SHARC is Sunriver’s premier aquatic and recreation facility, brought to you by the Sunriver Owners Association. The SHARC offers all-season activities including heated indoor aquatics year-round and heated outdoor aquatics during the summer season! SHARC also offers a disc golf course, a winter tubing hill, a basketball court and fantastic events throughout the year. Access to SHARC is free to Sunriver property owners with a current homeowner ID, and those with SROA recreation passes and guests of rental properties enrolled in SROA’s Recreation Plus program. The public is welcome via a daily gate fee.
Set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and near the bustling town of Bend, OR, Sunriver Resort is a prime Central Oregon destination for adventure filled vacations. With 300 days of sunshine every year, enthusiasts flock to Sunriver Resort for endless outdoor recreation year round. There’s an activity for everyone in your family including four championship golf courses, a world-class spa, year-round activities at Mt. Bachelor, horseback riding, numerous hiking and mountain biking trails, paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing at nearby lakes and the Deschutes River, and 40 miles of bike trails in Sunriver. Plus there’s an amazing selection of restaurants catering to everyone’s taste and several places to shop. 866-482-3909