Central Oregon Cowboy

Central Oregon Cowboy

Central Oregon Cowboy Details

Central Oregon is perfect for making cowboy and cowgirl dreams come true. You can explore the open range on horseback, travel a dusty trail by covered wagon, ride the rails with the Jesse James gang, and even sing along with a cowboy by a campfire.

A fantastic trip starts with an exceptional place to stay, and Long Hollow Ranch (www.lhranch.com) in Sisters offers exceptional country hospitality. Guests revel in guided rides through the nearby rimrock country. This working ranch also allows the adventurous to “head ’em up and move ’em out” on cattle drives.

Just 22 miles north of Bend you will find the picturesque town of Sisters (www.sisterschamber.com) where The Old West still lives (especially during mid-June’s rodeo). Wander through Leavitt’s Western Wear to admire bandanas, boots and boleros. Then belly up to the bar at The Palace across the street, where a round of ice cream sodas is sure to put a sweet end to your quest for the Wild West. At Bend’s High Desert Museum (www.highdesertmuseum.org) history and wildlife share top billing. The natural “living” museum located just 6 miles south of Bend, presents the regions natural and cultural history with live animals, including an astounding Birds of Prey exhibit, as well as dioramas and breathtaking western exhibits and Native American art.

Later experience the wide side of the Old West by being a guest of the Crooked River Dinner Train (www.crookedriverrailroad.com). The train winds its 38-mile way from Redmond to Prineville and back again through the scenic Crooked River Valley. Smith Rock forms a dramatic backdrop for hawks circling and deer grazing in green fields beside the tracks. But there’s lots of action inside the rail cars, too, as a colorful cast of characters from the 1890s — including Jesse James, a singing conductor, and a flirtatious Southern belle — serve up a delicious dinner along with a clever, comedic whodunit that keeps passengers young and old guessing..

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