6 Awesome Reasons To Visit Sunriver Oregon This Summer

Hiking and biking trails, gorgeous mountain lakes, horseback riding, cute cabins, and outstanding local breweries & restaurants set Sunriver apart as one of our top picks for summer vacation in Oregon.

Photo via the SNCO website.

Sunriver is one of those awesome spots you’ll want to go back to again and again.  If you love being outdoors, watching the sun set over gorgeous lakes, floating the river, or spending time with family, Sunriver is one of Oregon’s best spots to spend time in warm weather.  Here’s a list of six of our favorite things to do in Sunriver Oregon during summer vacation.

Our 6 Favorite Things to Do in Sunriver Oregon

Sunriver Resort offers many miles of paved bike path for leisurely family rides.

Sunriver and the surrounding area has something for everyone.  Whether you want to take a nature walk or tackle a challenging trail, spend time with your kids exploring local history and science, or spend time with friends drinking craft beer, this is a great spot to make memories that will last a lifetime.

#1 High Desert Museum

Owls at the High Desert Museum Desertarium exhibit.

Actors dressed as pioneers, live animals, and rich immersive exhibits makes the High Desert Museum one of the best museums in Oregon, and our number one pick of things to do with kids near Sunriver Oregon.

Children do chores at the pioneer ranch at the High Desert Museum.

Most of this museum is outdoors, making it the perfect spot for kids to romp around and have a picnic lunch as they explore the exhibits which include raptors, a gold mining town display, and a working historic homestead and lumbermill.

The outside of the High Desert Museum in fall with quaking aspen.
The grounds of the High Desert Museum are beautiful. Photo by JATomlinson Photography.

Read more about what the High Desert Museum has to offer here.

#2 Stay In A Cute Cabin With Sunset Lodging And Swim At The SHARC Aquatic Center

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The SHARC Aquatic Center. Image via Sunset Lodging In Sunriver

By far our favorite cabins in this part of Oregon are in Sunriver.  Sunset Lodging has a variety of cute, cozy cabins to choose from.  From cute little cabins perfect for a romantic getaway for two, to huge gorgeous cabins that sleep the entire family, Sunset Lodging has many pretty cabins to choose from in the area.  Many of the cabins by Sunset Lodging have passes for the amazing SHARC Aquatic Center, so your family can enjoy time together swimming and making memories.

A few of our favorite cabins include Mink #8, Crag Lane #4, Backwoods Lane #11, and Bittern #5.

Mink 8

Mink #8 is close to the SHARC Aquatic center and comes with 8 SHARC passes so your whole family can enjoy time swimming.

Mink 8

This pretty cabin has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms and sleeps 8.

Crag Lane #4 has a large loft and family room area and sleeps 12.

Crage Lane 4

This cabin comes with 10 SHARC passes and also has a hot tub, a large deck with a BBQ, and partial mountain views.

Crage Lane 4

Backwoods Lane #11 is simply stunning and surrounded by gorgeous woods.

Backwoods 11

This 5 bedroom cabin sleeps 14 and is close to the Village Mall and Sunriver Lodge.

Backwoods 11

It has 10 SHARC passes, a hot tub, a jukebox, and enough room for several families, making it perfect for a family reunion or vacation.

Backwoods 11

This is a great cabin to stay in if you enjoy riding bikes, as it comes with many bikes in the garage to borrow.

Backwoods 11

Bittern #5 is a lavish lodge style cabin with 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and a game room.

Bittern 5

This cabin sleeps 20 and has a whopping 5,300 square feet of living space.

Bittern 5

This cabin comes with 10 bikes to borrow, 16 SHARC passes, a pool table, ping pong, and a hot tub, so there’s plenty to do if you want to stay at the cabin and relax with family.

Bittern 5

Check out more cabins to rent with Sunset Lodging in Sunriver here.

Bittern 5

#3 Go Stargazing At An Observatory

Central Oregon is a great spot to go stargazing because the skies are so dark and there’s very little light pollution.  If you’re up for a drive, head out to the Pine Mountain Observatory, or if you’d like to stick close to Sunriver visit the Sunriver Observatory.

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Pine Mountain Observatory. Photo by Wolfram Burner via Flickr CC2.

#4 Learn About Central Oregon’s Volcanic Past

Paulina Falls in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.  Photo by Matt Cook with permission. Copyright Matt Cook. https://www.instagram.com/mattcookoregon/

Explore Central Oregon’s violent volcanic past at The Newberry National Volcanic Monument, or take a volcano tour with Wanderlust.  You can learn more about the Newberry volcano and all of the volcanic features in the surrounding landscape here.

Lava Cast Forest Oregon
The Lava Cast Forest Trail is an easy .9 mile loop. Photo by Rick Obst via Flickr CC2.

You can also take a walk through a forest cast in lava here.

#5 Get Wet In The Deschutes River

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Deschutes River in Bend Oregon. Photo by TJflex2 via Flickr CC2.

The Deschutes is well loved for stand up paddle boarding and floating in innertubes, but did you know you can surf the Deschutes?

People enjoying the Bend Whitewater Park. Photo via the Bend Whitewater Park Facebook page.

Just north of Sunriver is the Bend Whitewater Park in the Old Mill District, with waves perfect for experts who want to surf, or families wanting to float in innertubes.

Surfing at the Bend Whitewater Park at sunset. Photo by Wayne Hsieh via Flickr CC2.

I can’t think of a better way to spend a warm summer day than floating the river with family, or learning to surf.

#6 Hike And Bike The Trails Of Central Oregon

Photo by Kathy Lowery of Kathy Lowery Photography. www.facebook.com/KathyLoweryPhotography

Check out the map below of hiking and mountain biking trails as well as waterfalls to explore around Sunriver, Mount Bachelor and Bend.  There are miles and miles of trails to explore during your stay.

For mountain biking, check out this list of trails in the area.

Enjoy the dozens of mountain bike trails around Bend Oregon. From easy to challenging, these trails crisscross the forests and rivers. Bend is a destination for Oregon mountain biking.

What’s your favorite thing to do around Sunriver?  Share your photos of your Sunriver vacation with us and tag the friends and family you want to go on a Central Oregon vacation with!