Black Butte Ranch View (Winter)

Black Butte Ranch is  private resort community in Deschutes County. It is located in the Cascade Range, 8 miles northwest of Sisters. The population was 366 at the 2010 census. 
Elevation: 3,350′
Weather: 52°F (11°C), Wind W at 6 mph (10 km/h), 76% Humidity
Population: 366 (2010)
Area: 8.22 mi² (8.2 mi² Land / 13 acres Water)
Permit required.
Parking on site.
Private Fire Station on site.

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Drake Park (Winter)

Drake Park is located in downtown Bend. The park features  nearly a half mile of riverfront, acres of open lawn, an outdoor stage, restrooms and small picnic tables.  A highlight of Drake Park is Mirror Pond, home to geese and ducks, year round.

This location is particularly stunning in the Fall and Winter.

The park is managed by Bend Park and Rec.  They are great to work with.   Please request permits at least thirty days in advance.

Images taken late November.


Restroom managed by the Bend Park and Rec

Drake Park and Mirror Pond in Winter

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Tumalo Falls waterfall near Bend, Oregon

Tumalo Falls

With a sheer plunge of 89 feet, Tumalo Falls is both the tallest and most impressive waterfall along Tumalo Creek – as well as one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the vicinity of Bend. The area around the falls was burnt in a 1979 forest fire, though like the landscape surrounding Mount St. Helens after it’s devastating 1980 eruption, the forest is quickly healing. A few snags still line the hillsides along the valley but the area is green again, covered with small fir trees and not at all detracting from the splendor of the falls. A nice set of viewpoints both at the top and near the base of the falls make viewing the falls possible for nearly everyone.
Height: 98′
Elevation: 5,052′ 0″
Parking available.
Picnic tables on site (near parking area)

Parking at this site requires a recreation pass May 1 – September 30.
Passes are available at this site, but can also be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors.
Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Production permit required from Deschutes National Forest

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