Central Oregon | University of Portland

Central Oregon

Sun rising on Smith RockWhat You'll Find

Central Oregon provides tons of activities and adventure, surrounded by lots of nature to explore. Smith Rock is a don't miss for serious hikers, nature walkers, and rock climbers a like. Take an exciting white water rafting trip down the Deschutes River, or try a more peaceful afternoon of standup paddleboarding. Mt. Bachelor is the premier destination in the state for skiers and snowboarders (and you might see an aspiring Olympian or two on the slopes). Or explore the city of Bend for shopping and great food; one place to check out: The Pine Tavern is a local favorite.

Check out Outdoor Pursuits for skiing, hiking, camping, and rock climbing trips in the area. 

How to Get There

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Turn right onto N Willamette Blvd | Turn right onto N Greeley Ave | Take I-5 South Ramp | Take exit 301 for I-84 | Take exit 14 for Fairview Parkway | Turn left onto NE Glisan St. | Turn right onto NE 223rd Ave | Turn left onto NW Fairview Dr | Turn left onto NE Burnside Rd |Continue straight onto US-26 E for 102 miles | Continue Straight onto US-97 S for 42 miles | Total trip time: 3 h 19 min/166 miles