March 5, 2019
Spring Time-Things to do in Central Oregon
Spring Skiing-Fat Bikes-Nordic & XCski.
ALL DAY ADVENTURE. ALL SPRING LONG.
Embrace Fun in the SnowSunchaser Spring is a uniquely Bend outdoor adventure spring celebration. Running through Memorial Day weekend, Sunchaser Spring offers all-day adventure from morning turns and afternoon trails to evening fun. With more options than ever to explore the outdoors of Central Oregon, Mt. Bachelor is the perfect base camp www.mtbachelor.com to chase the sun and revel in the freedom of a quintessential Bend adventure.
1. Sledding - Fat Bike trails at Wanoga Sno Park
Wanoga Sno Park is an ideal place to bring the kids for some family fun in the snow. Bring up your sleds and inner-tubes and glide down the hills together. Bring your bike for some fun groomed trails. This is one snow park your Puppy can snowshoe or xcski around with you. See the trail system map located at Wanoga sno park for details. It easy to stay warm and cozy between the firepit and hot cocoa stand. Be sure to wait for the base to accumulate to a few feet to avoid extra obstacles that haven't yet been buried. Check out the NOAA conditions to see how it is looking now. A Sno Park Permit is required to use the area - pick yours up downtown at Visit Bend before heading out.
2. Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding at Mount Bachelor
Mount Bachelor is regularly praised as having some of the best alpine skiing and snowboarding in the country, so you will be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check it out while you are here. There are many options for lift tickets depending on your needs - check out Mt Bachelor's pricing for more information. Keep in mind that if you are teaching your kids to ski (or learning yourself), you can park in the Sunrise parking lot and use the Carousel bunny hill without purchasing a lift ticket!
3. Snowshoe Tour
Wanderlust Tours is one of Bend’s leading tour operators. It offers a wide variety of tours for all seasons, but we particularly love their Snowshoe Tour around Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest. Wanderlust’s trained naturalist guides will take you on a magical journey through the snow-laden wilderness, pointing out animal tracks and lava flows along the way.
There is something that you should know about Bendites: we love festivities and gathering together to enjoy great entertainment and each others company. Here are some of our favorite family friendly events in Bend.
Explore New Exhibits at the Educational High Desert Museum
One of Bend’s premiere tourist destinations, The High Desert Museum is dedicated to providing visitors with an in-depth and informative understanding of the history, culture, and geology of the North American High Desert. It is the perfect choice for the family that wants to learn but have a great time doing it. Here are some of their special exhibitions for your family to explore while visiting for the 2019 Holidays:
The Autzen Otter Exhibit is located outdoors and includes both outdoor and indoor viewing areas. Nothing brings more smiles than seeing otters play in the Autzen Otter Exhibit! Watch the resident river otters Brook, Rogue and Pitch as they scamper on land, use their slide or go for a swim.
Over the decades, photographer Edward Curtis’ sepia-toned prints of Native people have shaped the ways that many people think about American Indians and the American West. Marking the 150th anniversary of Edward Curtis’s birth, By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis features Curtis’s photographs of women and the art they created from the Christopher G. Cardozo Collection. The High Desert Museum will also include historical and contemporary works of art created by Indigenous artists from our permanent collection to broaden this story.
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