Explore The outdoors

Plenty of things to do outdoors in Prineville, Oregon. Golfing, scenic routes, hiking & walking trails!

We have many parks and outdoor areas to explore downtown.

Along with having outdoor areas like pioneer park, Ochoco park, and more, we also have historical buildings and a museum downtown.

Bowman Museum is our local museum where the mission is to inspire, entertain, educate and involve our local community. 

Discover Unlimited Beauty

Top Hiking & Walking Trails

Most walking trails have wheelchair and parking accessibilities, and for the adventurer, we have hiking trails are for all ranges. 

Crooked River Wetlands

Walking Trail

“The City of Prineville’s successful Crooked River Wetland Complex is now complete and providing remarkable social, economic and environmental benefits to the community.  Through this 120-acre, multipurpose project, the City is responsibly expanding its wastewater capacity, lowering residential and business System Development Charges, stabilizing monthly wastewater rates, created a new public hiking trail system with numerous educational opportunities and improving riparian and instream conditions in the Crooked River.” – City of Prineville

Rimrock Park

Walking Trail

“This park is located along the Crooked River across the street from the Crook County RV Park. The park includes features such as a youth angling pond, youth baseball field, dog park, and walking trails. The Youth Angling Pond is home to the historic Elliott Bridge and is a local favorite for family pictures.” – CCPR

Barns Butte TrailHead

Hiking Trail

“Barnes Butte is BLM and City owned land in Prineville with a mix of rocky single track XC trails and graveled or dirt footpaths. Most of the singletrack is old cow and game trails that have been ridden and run in over the years. COTA is currently in the process of inventorying and cleaning up the trail network to be more cohesive. The terrain is fantastic and there are some real gems of trails here but you should expect to encounter a maze of offshoots and no signage.” – Trailforks

Steins Pillar Trailhead

Hiking Trail

This beautiful trail can be accessed at the Steins Pillar Trailhead.  It slowly climbs through old growth forest, flower-filled mountain meadows, and rocky ridges. The trail reaches its final destination at the base of Steins Pillar, a 350-foot monolith of welded tuff, deposited during the collapse of the Wilcat Caldera, around 40 million years ago. The pillar can also be seen from a viewing area along Mill Creek Road. This trail is not a loop. You will return to the trailhead by the same route you entered.” – USDA

Chimney Rock Trail

Hiking Trail

“Take a break from your scenic drive along the Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River south of Prineville and hike one of the gems of the High Desert. Walk in the shadows of lichen-covered basalt cliffs as you zigzag up and out of the river canyon to spectacular views of Central Oregon. The trek is about 1.3 miles and ends at the namesake chimney basalt rock formation.” – BLM

Smith Rock & Other Fun Places

Take a 20 min drive out to Smith Rock Park! 

The park covers over 650 acres and hovers around 3000 feet in elevation. The major rock faces are welded tuff, or compressed volcanic ash formed 30 million years ago. Find out about its geology, lore, wildlife, and plants, and how to get there. Click learn more to be connected. 

Aug 26

Movies In The Park

Movies In the Park is a free activity at Stryker Park! The Crook County Parks & Recreation District has teamed up with the Crook County Parks & Recreation Foundation to bring these popular Summer Movies in the Park series to Prineville, Oregon. Spirit is the movie that will be playing in the evening, concessions open at 7 pm, and the movie starts at dusk!

Dec 3

Hospice Auction

St. Charles Hospice Christmas Tree Auction is presented by St. Charles Foundation, the annual Hospice Christmas Auction in Prineville has a 30-year tradition of raising funds for crucial support services for Hospice patients and their families. All trees will be up on display Friday, December 2 and the auction and dinner will be on December 3.

 

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