Winter in Central Oregon can be just as jam-packed with goodness as the summer is. It just takes finding the right activities for you and your family. Being the little mountain town we are, skiing and snowboarding up at Mt. Bachelor or Hoodoo is a given, but what else is there? Maybe you want to get out into the snow, or explore some of the high desert areas. It’s possible you’d even like to spend a Sunday somewhere warm, cozy and weather-free.
Well, we have a list of a few outdoor and indoor activities for your winter adventures here in Central Oregon. Try one a week and soon spring will be right around the corner.
Winter Fun in Central Oregon: Get Outdoors
Sled Dog Rides
A unique sled dog ride experience can be a great way to get outside when you’re feeling like taking things down a notch. Oregon Trail of Dreams at Mt. Bachelor gives you a team of furry friends and mushers who are top of their class.
Get a snowshoe tour with a professional in Central Oregon’s backcountry. A beautiful way to be outside with your friends or family and accessible for all ages. These tours are available every weekend throughout the season.
Skate around with your best friend or your daughter’s birthday party. A great way to get the family out and bust out your moves. Central Oregon has several ice skating rinks including The Pavillion in Bend, Seventh Mountain Resort, The Village at Sunriver, and Redmond’s new rink.
Still want to get up to the mountain but not interested in skiing or snowboarding? Try out the Snowblast Tubing Park. It’s a thrill and guaranteed to bring smiles and excitement to any weekend.
Hiking and Biking
Because Central Oregon receives so much sunshine throughout the year, and even in winter, it’s still a great time to get to those hiking and biking trails. Especially some that are a little too hot during the summer months. Check out Smith Rock, trails along the Crooked River Canyon and the Oregon Badlands to get started.
Winter Fun in Central Oregon: Indoor Options
The Soaking Pool at McMenamins
If you’re looking to warm up after a day at the mountain or just a cozy reboot before Monday starts, head over to the Soaking Pool at McMenamins. Bring the kiddos with you until 6pm or head over from 6-8pm for more of a kid-free atmosphere.
Bend Escape Room
Mix things up with a night (or day) at the Bend Escape Room. Get a group of your favorite people together, find clues, solve puzzles, and challenges yourselves to “escape” in time. Each room is themed and has a different storyline so you can keep coming back for more!
High Desert Museum
If you haven’t been to the High Desert Museum, it’s a Central Oregon must-see. There’s education, animals, and Oregon’s history to explore. They have rotating exhibits so there’s always a new and good reason to head out there. Bring a friend, the kids, or get some alone time with the otters.
Mountain Air Trampoline Park
A fun way to get some exercise and options for all ages, Mountain Air Trampoline Park is exactly what it sounds like it is. Head in on a Tuesday or Wednesday for open dodgeball night. Tuesday is for 17 and under and Wednesday for 18 and over. Have a ball!
Bowling is a classic and never-dying winter activity. Get the gang together and head to one of the two bowling alleys in Bend. Sun Mountain Fun Center offers more of a family feel with even more to explore: bumper cars, arcade games, and billiards inside, and go karts, mini golf, and batting cages when the weather warms up. Lava Lanes is going to more of a straight bowling experience including a cafe and sports bar.