As Central Oregon heads into fall, there is a brief window of time where you can witness the rainbow of fall colors that dot the region. Summer is over, Fall has arrived, the swarms of vacationers are back to school and work, but take advantage of this time and come to Bend to enjoy what it offers. Dig out the scarves, find our fleece-lined jackets and footwear, don our wool caps, and discover great spots to watch trees, breathe fresh mountain air, and enjoy time away from work and day-to-day events. Check out RockingCRvacationrentals.com for 3 uniques places to stay in Bend, Tumalo, and Sisters for places to stay of which each of these has the colors of fall on their properties. Then, where do we go to get that perfect fall photo, if not on our own front porch or in our backyard?
Make at least one visit to Drake Park, where oak trees stand in plenty and the breezes spread the colorful leaves. For the true feeling of fall in Bend, this park is a must-see. Find (or make) piles upon piles of beautifully arrayed fallen leaves. Feeling a little more adventurous?
You need not travel far to find fall colors in the wilds of Central Oregon. Simply drive west about 20 miles. Head over on Highway 20, not far from Sisters. There, on the cusp of where the east side of the Cascades meets the west, you will find the colors of autumn hiding in the most unlikely places. Groves of quaking aspen can be found woven between the color-challenged ponderosas pines. Peer even farther into the unique, as low-lying Vine Maple and Douglas Maples are sprinkled throughout jet-black obsidian flows and other rocky croppings, creating sights visible for a only matter of weeks before snow comes and blankets all that surrounds.
Above Mount Bachelor discover Green Lakes Trail. Follow Fall Creek up to the Green Lakes. You will see Meadow grasses and native Flora in bright yellows and reds among the pines and fir trees, and along the creek. The many rushing waterfalls are surrounded by lush warm Autumn colors. (Insert image: Fall Creek along Green Lakes
The Metolius River is breathtaking all year, but take advantage of less people around and beautiful colors. The Kokanee Salmon and the Rainbow trout are flyfishers’ dreams, but rainbow colors are lush along the river trails right now. The Three Sisters Wilderness Area with its many lakes, rivers, and meadows, has hundreds of miles of trails throughout the Deschutes National Forest.
Schedule yourself a flight over the Central Oregon Cascades out of Sisters or Bend during the transformative weeks of October. There you will see how truly unique our fall is. Autumn is a shorter season than most of us prefer, and gives us brief images along the way, ever-changing. But perhaps that is what makes the high desert fall so special. The season may not last a matter of months like it does in many other regions in the United States, but its seemingly fleeting arrival makes it more worthwhile. So catch it while you can. Stay with us while you explore our changing Autumn palette. Don’t miss it! Check out Rocking CR Vacation Rentals for 3 unique stays. Book Now.