Discover the outdoor wonders of Prineville, Central Oregon!

Endless recreation opportunities in this breathtaking city, from exciting watersports to scenic hiking and thrilling biking.

Cycling in Prineville

Explore the stunning Crooked River Canyon and the mountainous terrain of the Ochocos as you navigate our scenic bikeway, gravel routes, and eclectic trail systems.

Water Sports in Prineville

Experience the serenity of Crook County's waterways, where ample opportunities to fish, boat, swim, paddleboard, camp, or even stargaze, await you.

Prineville offers diverse hiking trails, showcasing lush forests, rugged canyons, and stunning vistas that cater to adventure-seekers and hikers of all skill levels.

Tee off along our tranquil fairways as you take in the beautiful landscape of the High Desert at Prineville's choice golf courses: Meadow Lakes and Prineville Golf Club.

A plethora of exploration activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

From its dark night activities to its iconic landmarks, rockhounding activities, diverse bird species, and off-road adventures, Prineville is a haven for outdoor exploration.

Rockhounding in Prineville

Crook County, rightfully known as the rockhound capital of the world, offers enthusiasts the chance to discover beautiful agates, jasper, thunder eggs, and other unique minerals.

The rural nature of Crook County creates the perfect environment for unforgettable stargazing, boasting excellent opportunities to observe the night sky and constellations.

Whether in town or deep in the majestic Ochoco Forest, Crook County is home to several iconic natural and historic landmarks that are must-sees when you visit us.

Birdwatching in Prineville

Are you a bird enthusiast looking for a picturesque location to indulge in birdwatching? Look no further than the Crooked River Wetlands.

Journey through Crook County's Breathtaking Landscape and Trails

Hiking

Prineville is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wealth of hiking opportunities that showcase the area’s natural beauty. Two standout trails, Steins Pillar and Barnes Butte, promise captivating experiences for hikers of all levels. Whether you seek a leisurely stroll or a challenging trek, Prineville’s hiking trails offer unforgettable experiences immersed in the region’s stunning scenery.

steins pillar sign

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Barnes Butte Trail System

Check out a variety of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, with easy and moderately challenging opportunities available. The trail system is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. The views encompass the entirety of the Crooked River Canyon and stretch from the Cascades to the Ochocos.

Brennan Palisades

Take a stroll through time and enjoy the hidden wonders of the great outdoors. The Brennan Palisade rock formations, formed from the Clarno formation, are between 37 and 54 million years old. Explore the beautiful scenery on a short hike to the top of the formation

Chimney Rock Trail

This popular 2.7-mile trail provides a beautiful view of the Crooked River and its majestic canyons. The campground and trail provide the perfect setting for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing. The best times to visit this trail are March through October.

Round Mountain Trail

Feeling ambitious? Try this 16.3-mile out-and-back route, open for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. Better be sure to get an early start if you want to climb this peak, the average completion time is 8 hours and 40 minutes.

Independent Mine Trail

This 8-mile loop trail travels through old-growth fir and pine thickets. As it gains elevation, it meanders through beautiful mountain meadows and reaches the top of Lookout Mountain: a great climb for hikers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers alike. A shelter is located near the top for a nice break before your descent to the starting point.

Lookout Mountain Trail

Feeling ambitious? Try this 16.3-mile out-and-back route, open for hiking, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding. Better be sure to get an early start if you want to climb this peak, the average completion time is 8 hours and 40 minutes.

Twin Pillars Trail

Challenge yourself on this 12-mile, out-and-back hike to the two beautiful rock formations mirroring each other, the majestic Twin Pillars. While in the Mill Creek Wilderness, keep an eye out for wildlife, especially birds, with plenty of time to witness the beauty of nature on this estimated 6-hour hike.

Steins Pillar Trail

Welcome to rock climbers, horseback riders, and hikers, this 4-mile out-and-back route brings you to the stunning geological formation, Steins Pillar. While this hike typically only takes two hours, it’s pretty forested until about two-thirds of the way when you finally catch a glimpse of the formation from the viewpoint. To access the trailhead, prepare for a bumpy ride, definitely better with a higher clearance vehicle.

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