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Deschutes National Forest, Bend

Categories: Forests, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest located in parts of Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, and Jefferson counties in central Oregon. It comprises along the east side of the Cascade Range. In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. In 1911, parts of the Deschutes National Forest were split off to form the Ochoco and Paulina National Forests, and parts of the Cascade and Oregon National Forests were added to the Deschutes. In 1915, the lands of the Paulina National Forest were rejoined to the Deschutes National Forest. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the forest was. Within the boundaries of the Deschutes National Forest is the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, containing cinder cones, lava flows, and lava tubes. The Deschutes National Forest as a whole contains in excess of 250 known caves. The forest also contains five wilderness areas, six National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Oregon Cascade Recreation Area, and the Metolius Conservation Area. Forest headquarters are located in Bend, Oregon. There are local ranger district offices in Bend, Crescent, and Sisters.
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  • This is a huge National Forest and from the little we saw of it, definitely a place worth exploring. Gorgeous scenery and great hiking. 
  • Really enjoyed this place. We took advantage of the paved bike trails. Also did the hike to Benham falls. Fairly short hike over easy terrain. The falls/Rapids were awe inspiring. Highly recommend. 
  • So much beauty-cameras ready! The many lakes are clear and clean. The mountains leave you breathless 
  • So beautiful, and well maintained. The close proximity to bend makes it an easy trip out for the weekend.
  • We camp last week my family off-road 42 National Forest and 4280 area that I think is the backside of wickiup reservoir and we really love it and enjoy it
  • Beautiful! So much to offer and all in close proximity to beautiful Bend.
  • This is an okay area. Kind of low income
  • Glorious.
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