Sunriver Oregon Travel Guide
by Anthony Vaarwerk
Miles and miles of lush green forest, sparkling, meandering rivers, and a volcanic mountain ski resort...sound inviting and interesting enough? Sunriver, Oregon is a resort community rich with resort style vacation homes and resort style activities but not without being absolutley immersed in the delights of what Oregon has to offer. Come get a taste of what has vactioners coming back for more year after year!
Sunriver, located in Central Oregon, is a planned resort-residential community encircled in national forest along side of the Deschutes River. Covering a total of 3,300 acres of land, Sunriver is located about 20 minutes from Bend, the largest city in central Oregon. For years before White men discovered Bend, Native Americans used the area for hunting and fishing. In the late 1800's, the area gained the name Bend as it was referred to as "Fairwell Bend" by the pioneers who set this land apart along the Deschutes as fordable-eventually making it an official location for building a city. By the early 1900s, Bend began to make its profitability and growth expand with the establishment of their first water powered sawmill. Eventually this lead to the building of the Light and Power Dam which provided electricity for the entire area.
The Central Oregon wild is steps above any other vacation destination when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors.Sunriver, as well as the surrounding area, is some of the best land you could ever fish. Many enjoy fly-fishing the abundant supply of large mouth bass, native redband trout, steelhead, as well as over 4 different varieties of trout. In the summer, hiking and biking the miles and miles of breathtaking nature trails will have you endlessly wanting just a little bit more. Not only does the area offer over a dozen golf courses to choose from-unique to Sunriver Resort is one of America's top rated courses for difficulty, including one of PGA's most challenging holes! Crosswater Golf Course is surrounded in forest and littered with rivers-leaving you with a golf game experience that will be remembered for years to come. Be sure to discover the magical beauty of Prineville Reservoir State Park and the Smith Rock Park, often called one of the "Seven Wonders of Oregon." Another treasure of Sunriver that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else is the State of the Art aquatic facility. For anyone who enjoys swimming, its a site to see and must be experienced first-hand. In the winter months, there couldn't be a better vacation spot, as Sunriver is one of Oregon's largest ski resort areas. Known for its heavy snow falls, Mount Bachelor's snow is supreme for the best of skiing adventures or snowboarding excursions. For those who are just starting out-Sunshine Park is a great resort for beginners to take the bunny slopes or stick to cross country. When you are all cleaned up from taking advantage of the plethora of outdoor fun, get ready to learn about more of the treasures of the area by visiting the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the High Desert Museum. There you can view the inside of an active volcano, as well as some colorful historic characters. Sunriver, Bend and the surrounding area is so absolutely full of what makes a vacation destination great-that you'll have to plan a return trip in order to come even close to experiencing it all!