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Deschutes National Forest, Bend

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Forest National Park
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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  • Having visited nearly 3 decades--we cannot recommend highly enough. Great place, great people, and relaxing.  more »
  • Just about anywhere you go in the Deschutes National Forest will be a delight. There are so many beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers/streams to see that you could easily spend several days in the ar...  more »
  • A drive through is gorgeous, and there is lots to stop for: Hking, biking, camping, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding. Something for everyone.  more »
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  • I've been here a number of times as my family has grown up. The park is beautiful and never looks the same twice. There are so many aspects that it will take me at least a half dozen more visits before I feel like I really know the place. My kids are grown now and still love it. Memories were made here. Good ones. The kind you remember fondly when getting together with family.
  • The food was unbelievable. I knew they brewed great beer...but good food to boot...what could be better? Very nice place for a meal and a few brews that are not being bottled.
  • Great forest managed mostly for recreation and wilderness. Roads are rough and need maintenance which most likely won't happen anytime soon. A fair amount of people at campsites.
  • Hey... it's beautiful outside. Now pay for it. I really abhor the fees I have to pay on top of taxes in order to enjoy the "Great Outdoors"
  • They force us to pay to go into OUR national forests. We own OUR national forests. Yes, We The People own all national forests not the feds....

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Where to stay in Bend

Since many people come to Bend to experience the outdoors, it's no surprise that many lodges and bed and breakfasts here are designed to resemble log cabins. Consider a stay near the scenic Deschutes River for scenic views. You'll find a few chain hotels with comfortable standard rooms in the downtown area.
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