Many outdoor enthusiasts, when traveling Northwest, head to Sunriver, Oregon, a 3,300-acre resort city that prevails whether it is winter or summer. From the Deschutes River to the Cascade Mountains, as well as the Newberry Volcanic National Monument, there isn't an activity at Sunrise that doesn't require some sweat.
Preserving the area's vast wetlands, Sunriver's valley of tourism expands to its whitewater rapids with Sun Country Raft Tours, the prominent rafting company in the area. The predominant rivers that trail through Sunriver's valley include the Upper Deschutes River, McKenzie River, North Umpgua River and the Lower Deschutes River, all of which showcase the area's natural landscapes and rapids. Each river varies for skill set and activity, though most courses last several miles and showcase the area's prominent forests and wildlife. River trips can employ the entire day or only last half, while some include lunch; prices vary for each river but range from just under $50 for just over $100. With over three decades of experience, the Sun Country Tours staff is friendly and competent as they lead courses up the river.
Sun Country Raft Tours
Building 10, Village at Sunriver
57100 Beaver Drive
Sunriver, Oregon 97707
The Village at Sunriver holds an array of activities for the entire family. From dining to shopping, ice skating and the arcade, hours can be lost meandering through the attractions offered in this area just north of the Sunriver Resort. During the winter the season favorite is the ice skating rink, while the summer months offer visitors the chance to both bike and hike the area's rough terrain. Mt. Bachelor during the winter is one of central Oregon's most coveted slope for snowboarding, skiing, sledding or snowshoeing; equally as athletic are the mountain ranges during the summer when hiking trails pave the way through the heights of Bachelor. Rentals for both biking and snow equipment can be found through Village Bike and Ski.
Village Bike and Ski
Building 21, Village at Sunriver
57100 Beaver Drive
Home to the three 18 hole golf courses--Meadows, Crosswater and The Woodlands--Sunriver's golfer play at the Sunriver Resort. Meadows was designed by John Fought and has hosted an array of USGA and NCAA golf championships; the public fee ranges from $59 to $109 with resort guests from $49-$89. Crosswater was designed by Bob Cupp and was named one of America's top 100 courses by "Golf Digest" in 1999; it is structured on some of Sunriver's vast woodlands and wetlands and tee times are reserved for members or resort guests only. The Woodlands was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and has remained the area's favorite 18, especially after it helped the resort pick up a "Golf" magazine's award; another public course, The Woodlands prices are within the same range as Meadows.
17600 Center Drive
Sunriver, OR 97709
Article Written By Meaghan Clark
A Southern California native, Meaghan Clark has written about everything from interior design to San Diego lifestyles and their accompanying tunes. She has written for San Diego Magazine, Decor and Style, Santa Barbara Magazine, StubHub.com, PlayPhone.com, eHow and MyFDB.com. She is currently the San Diego Women's Fashion Examiner. Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of California, San Diego.