Snowshoeing is a great way to discover Central Oregon's winter wonderland. Explore backcountry forests and foot-access only destinations with family and friends all over Bend and its surrounding areas!
|Wanderlust Tours, a nationally recognized ecotourism company based in Bend, takes small groups out into little known sections of the forest off Century Drive. Learn the history of snowshoeing beginning with Native Americans, who used snowshoes for hunting and gathering, and later the European trappers, who adopted this mode of transportation to catch animals. Enthusiastic naturalist guides will also expand upon the unique ecosystem of the forest: you might follow a pine marten`s tracks to its den or learn how the geology of the Three Sisters has influenced the land around the mountains.
Plan an unforgettable evening by booking a moonlight or bonfire snowshoe trip with Wanderlust. Turn off your headlamps and watch the moonbeams reflect a thousand diamonds of iridescent light off the snow, or descend into a hand-built snow amphitheater to warm yourself by a bonfire while sipping hot cider.
||61535 S Hwy 97 #13, Bend, OR 97702
|For those looking to break fresh tracks on their own, there a number of retail stores that rent equipment and sell trail maps. All five snow parks along or near Century Drive allow snowshoeing. Be courteous to your cross country ski friends and make your own tracks alongside the established ski trails.
Not far from Bend, the Willamette National Forest, the Ochoco Mountains, Crater Lake National Park, and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument provide dozens of opportunities for natural solitude.