Central Oregon!

Discover the beauty of the Central Oregon region. From the Cascade Mountains to the High Desert, this diverse landscape, 250-plus days of sunshine and precipitation of about 12 inches a year, provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Skiing or snowboarding at the Mt. Bachelor ski area, hiking and biking numerous trails, rafting, canoeing or fishing on the Deschutes River or golfing on one of the many golf courses are just a few of the recreation opportunities in Central Oregon.

Other features include world-class rock climbing at Smith Rock Park, the High Desert Museum, Museum at Warm Springs and summer concerts. Each community in Central Oregon provides many local events throughout the year as well as specialty shops, art galleries and a variety of restaurants.

Central Oregon is not just a beautiful, fun place to live; it is a thriving economic region with a college, good schools, and an outstanding medical community. Central Oregon has something for everyone!

The Bend metro area was recently ranked No. 1 for job growth and business creation on the list of small cities from Milken’s Annual Best Performing Cities Report. The report is available at
BusinessWeek Magazine Cover - October 2007"Bend still has everything that made it so livable in the first place, including clean air, views of snow-capped mountains, and mild climate that keeps it sunny and dry most of the year."
Business Week
October 2007
Outside Magazine - 2007 - AugustBend even has its own brand of diversity: The town's signature race--the Pole Pedal Paddle, held in May—requires skiing, biking, running, paddling and more running for 30-some miles from the top of Mt. Bachelor into town, where everyone then drinks beer."
Outside Magazine
August 2007
"Oregon is the No. 2 destination nationally for people moving from other states, according to a study by United Van Lines. The St. Louis Company found that 4,600 people headed for Oregon in 2006, ranking the state just behind No. 1 North Carolina."
Associated Press
January 28, 2007
Outside Magazine

"Bend's central-Oregon mix-and-match topography—at 3,600 feet, it sits between the Cascade Range and the high desert—has spawned more hyphenated subspecies than Hollywood. It's even money that the woman on the next barstool over is a climber-snowboarder-dogsledder, a telemarker-triathlete who ties her own flies, or some other ambitious combination. "Trail runner" generally shows up somewhere on the résumé. Pity if it didn't, as the local stats are impressive: 48 miles of in-town trail, plus 11 miles of dirt path along the Deschutes River; 2.5 million acres of Forest Service land nearby; and almost 300 clear-sky days a year. " More »

Outside Magazine (August 2006

Outside Magazine

"With superb new restaurants, galleries, and a slew of rated golf courses, high-desert Bend, Oregon, has graduated from dusty crossroads to bona fide destination. Three days—and this itinerary—will let you do the town. " More »

Travel + Leisure (April 2006)