Road Trip: Prineville

If you’re wanting to make time stand still this summer, we’re here to help. Head to Central Oregon’s Prineville (pop. 9,000)  for a rustic, off-the-beaten-path experience. Here in the high desert, morning sunshine brightens blue skies with summery promise and golden hours of afternoon stretch forever. About 45 minutes northeast of Bend, Prineville is the… More
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Experience the high desert in Central Oregon’s oldest city.

Hike, bike, fish and camp as you learn about the geographic wonders and historical content of this area. Play golf year-round at Meadow Lakes Golf Course and go boating at Prineville Reservoir State Park. Prineville has the unofficial title of Rockhound Capital of the U.S. thanks to the variety of precious gemstones found in this part of Oregon. Pick up a Rockhound Map at the Prineville Chamber of Commerce.

Trip Ideas

  • Pedaling Around Prineville
    This story is the Ochoco Gravel Roubaix essay contest winner. Called the "toughest gravel event in Oregon," the Ochoco Gravel Roubaix takes place on Saturday, August 20, 2016 in Prineville. Participants can choose from four routes: a 120-mile... More
  • Road Trip: Winter in Central Oregon
    There’s something about the winter in Central Oregon. You can’t help but be in a good mood out here in the high desert. The two-lane highways that lead into this part of Oregon make you... More
  • Central Oregon Farm and Ranch Tours
    Pigs and goats and cows and … bikes! Central Oregon puts its own spin on agritourism with the Crooked River Open Pastures (CROP) series in and around the town of Prineville, just 35 miles north of... More

Outdoor Adventures in Prineville

Lower 66
11Mi, Mild
Prineville, Central Oregon
Meadow Lakes Golf Course
Prineville, Central Oregon
Lookout Mountain Loop
11Mi, Extreme
Prineville, Central Oregon
Chimney Rock
Prineville, Central Oregon
Prineville Reservoir State Park
Prineville, Central Oregon
Bowman Dam
Prineville, Central Oregon

Tasty Detours in Prineville

Barney Prine’s Steakhouse & Saloon
Prineville, Central Oregon
Dad’s Place
Prineville, Central Oregon
Kairos Ranch Pizza
Prineville, Central Oregon
Meadow Lake’s Restaurant
Prineville, Central Oregon

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Ask Oregon

Where are some places to stay near Bend that offer horseback riding?

Hello! Lucky you, there are some beautiful places near Bend to ride horses! Here are my top faves: Black Butte Ranch (large family friendly resort outside of Sisters with incredible views of the Cascade Range and Black Butte) Brasada Ranch  (upscale resort near Prineville with luxury touches and also incredible Cascade and high desert views)…


Events in Prineville

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Ochoco Overlander

October 5 - 8, 2018
Prineville, Central Oregon
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