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Parks and Recreation
Crook County Parks and Recreation District
Crook County Parks and Recreation District coordinates dozens of indoor and
outdoor recreation programs throughout the year. Many of these take place in
parks and facilities managed by the District, that comprise of more than 100
acres of land.
Deschutes National Forest
Located in Central Oregon, the Deschutes National Forest extends for about
100 miles along the east side of the Cascade Mountains, encompassing more than
1.6 million acres. Enjoy a scenic backdrop of volcanic
mountains that form the crest of the Cascade Mountains, and alpine forests, volcanic
attractions, dense evergreen forests, mountain lakes, caves, desert areas, and alpine
meadows. A wide variety of recreational and scenic opportunities exist on the volcanoes
of the High Cascades and in Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
Ochoco National Forest
These public lands extend about 100 miles along the east side of the Cascade Mountains
crest and eastward into the Ochoco Mountains. They are rich in human and natural
history and radiate variety offering a multitude of diverse scenic and recreation
opportunities. Alpine forests and lush meadows, sparkling lakes and scenic rivers,
dense evergreen forests, and lava caves are contained within the spectacular snow
capped volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountain Range to the west and high desert to
the east. Newberry National Volcanic Monument offers an up close and personal look
at volcanoes and is home to the endangered pumice grape fern.
Prineville Reservoir is a 3030 acre body of water created by Bowman Dam on the
Crooked River located just 15 minutes south of Prineville, OR. This reservoir is
the backyard playground for most of Central Oregon including Bend, OR. It is
nestled in amongst some of the prettiest high desert hills and rock bands found
in the area and offers glimpses of wildlife ranging from coyotes to bald eagles.
Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint
On the banks of the Deschutes River lies a quaint rest area that provides
plenty of shade for picnickers. An ideal place to stop for a break, lunch or
simply to relax in the warm sun. The park provides fishing access to the river.
Fort Rock State Natural Area
Like a desert mirage, this National Natural Landmark rises huge out of the
barren, immense flatness of Oregonís high desert. An enormous near-circle of
towering jagged rock walls make it seem like a fort. Hike around and you'll soon
realize it's even bigger than it looks! It's an old tuff ring set in what was a
shallow sea in prehistoric times. As you walk around inside, imagine the early
American Indians who canoed to and from what was then an island. Sandals found
in a nearby cave are the oldest ever discovered, dating back around 9,000 years.
Peter Skene Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint
If you enjoy vertical basalt cliffs and scenic river canyons, the Ogden
Wayside is for you. The park is perched at the top of a striking canyon. Bring a camera!
Smith Rock State Park
If you enjoy scenic views of deep river canyons or rock climbing, Smith Rock State
Park is the place for you. There are several thousand climbs in the park. More than
a thousand are bolted routes. We also offer miles of hiking and mountain biking
trails. Along your trip through the canyon, you might see golden eagles, prairie
falcons, mule deer, river otter and beaver.