- Paddlers should not miss the triple waterfalls of the Deschutes River. The Deschutes, Metolius, and Crooked rivers also offer fantastic fly-fishing.
- If you enjoy endless mountain-biking singletrack and want a 20- to 30-mile adventure, ride from Todd Lake to Bend. Start at the trailhead up in the Cascades near Broken Top Mountain and ride lots of downhill to town.
- Parking passes are important! Most Deschutes and Willamette National Forest trailheads require a national forest recreation pass. Buy one before you leave town.
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