Sunset at Cascade Lakes during Sunriver vacation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the kids may be out of school, but Spring Break looked a little different this year. As many Americans stay home to slow the spread of the disease, we all look forward to getting outside and being able to travel again. For many of us, having something to look forward to brightens our spirits even in the most uncertain times. This summer, as “non-essential” travel orders are lifted, it’s the perfect opportunity to escape on a Sunriver vacation while still maintaining distance from others.

Escape on a Sunriver Vacation

A Sunriver vacation offers plenty of open space and outdoor recreation to spread out and maintain distance between you and others. By this summer, we hope to be hugging friends and visiting with loved ones during long-weekends, family reunions and week-long vacations. Visiting Sunriver each summer has been a tradition for many families and we hope you’ll continue your rituals here.

We’ve pulled together a variety of activities and events you can look forward to when planning your trip to Sunriver this summer. By the end of these trying times, there’s nothing better than time spent exploring the great outdoors in Sunriver with your friends and family.


What better way to beat weeks spend indoors than by exploring the natural and majestic beauty of Central Oregon on foot. Sunriver offers visitors a wealth of hiking options within minutes of your vacation rental. One of our favorite hikes is to Benham Falls, which is beautiful and easily accessible from the North end of Sunriver. Take a self-guided tour through the Lava River Cave. Head south towards La Pine and hike around the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Paulina Lake and East Lake. Head north to Terrebonne and hike to Monkey Face at Smith Rock State Park.

Looking for something a little more advanced? The Cascades offer more advanced hikes to stunning views of Central Oregon from South Sister, Broken Top and Tumalo Mountain.

Water Sports

Visitors to Sunriver love to spend their days soaking up the sunshine and splashing at SHARC, which includes a lazy river, water slides and kids pools both indoors and outdoors. You also have the option to visit Sunriver Fitness & Aquatic Center for swimming and to try the Flow Rider indoor surfing attraction.

When it comes to water sports in Sunriver, you have hundreds of lakes as well as rivers to feed your need for sunshine and recreation. Rent a paddleboard or kayak from a local outfitter and take to one of Central Oregon’s favorite lakes including Crane Praire, Wickiup Reservoir, Elk Lake, Sparks Lake, Devil’s Lake and so many more. Paddleboarding on still water allows you to easily explore the lake with or without your canine companion in tow. The Deschutes River offers plenty of adventure for the more advanced paddleboarder or kayaker. For a mellow afternoon, bust out the inflatable tubes, whales and flamingoes to float the Deschutes River, a favorite pastime among locals and visitors to Sunriver.


If there is a better social distancing activity than golf, we’d like to know about it. Golfing in Sunriver allows you to get outside and swing your clubs a safe distance from anyone else, especially when one person ends up on the green and the other in a sand trap. Sunriver is home to the popular Meadows Golf Course, Woodlands Golf Course and Crosswater Golf Course. Nearby, golfers love playing at Lost Tracks, Widgi Creek and other Bend golf courses. Nearby, visit Quail Run Golf Course in La Pine, just a short distance from your Sunriver vacation rentals.


Sunriver is covered in more than 30-miles of paved bike path, making it the ideal place to ride on two wheels with your entire family. Most of our vacation homes in Sunriver include bikes for your party to ride while visiting. Bring along the Stryder bike and let even your littlest guest cruise through the bike paths in Sunriver.

In addition to cruising the paved bike paths in Sunriver, visitors with an elevated interest in cycling and mountain biking have come to the right place. Central Oregon offers countless trails for mountain biking and the Cascades Lakes Highway is a favorite place to ride among road riders. Head out to Phil’s Trail for a late evening mountain bike ride after the heat of the day subsides. From casual cruising to muddy mountain biking, a visit to Sunriver will satisfy your cycling cravings.

Plan Your Sunriver Vacation Today

Sunriver has been an outdoor destination for visitors for many years. Year after year, families descend upon Sunriver to spend quality time together and to explore the high desert of Central Oregon. Staying home throughout the spring has been difficult for many of you and we hope you’ll consider planning a trip to Sunriver once we’re all permitted to gather once more. We look forward to spending our summer providing you with clean, sanitized and well-maintained vacation rentals in Sunriver.

While you have the time, we encourage you to explore our website, browse our vacation rentals and plan something to look forward to with your family this summer. Stay safe and stay healthy!


  1. Kathy Cornell

    Will the pools be open in July? Do you know if the restaurants will be open?
    Coming to SR w/o the marina, stables and pools would be very disappointing……?

    • Reservations at Sunset Lodging

      Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for your comment. We are unsure at this point what will be open. We are continually monitoring the situation and we will keep our blog and social media pages updated as we learn more. Many restaurants are still open and as time progresses we’re hopeful that restaurants will be open for in-house dining. We remain hopeful that we’ll all be living life in Sunriver this summer.

      Thank you,

      The Sunset Lodging Team

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