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“Close in spot, great views, my dog loves it.”

Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trails
Ranked #37 of 93 things to do in Bend
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“Close in spot, great views, my dog loves it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

I run out to the Badlands often so my dog can run. It's a peaceful, easy to access spot not too far, always dry. My only suggestion is a few more SMALL signs. It's really hard to guess how much further the trail leads and if one should turn around and go back.

Visited January 2014
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“Easy ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Great place to go horseback riding.The trails are very easy and flat, with the exception of the wind a great day.

Visited February 2014
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Bend, Oregon
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“Our go-to day hike area in Bend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

Not sure you could cover this in a lifetime there are so many trails and trailheads. That and it is so different than most any other recreation site make this one of our favorite spots to go in the area. In the winter it is almost always dry so you can avoid the frozen or muddy trails closer to town. In the shoulder seasons it is quiet so a great place for a zen hike. In the summer it is ideal for an early morning or late afternoon trek. While it may seem that it is endless miles of nothing there are dozens of fascinating rock formations and thousands of twisted huge junipers. If you are going just once do the Flatiron Rock hike as the destination is huge interesting jumble of lava, boulders, nooks, crannies and view points. Regardless of the time or date do NOT forget water. It is bone dry out there and you will need it. Also beware that it is easy to become disoriented due to the seemingly similar sights. Heed the maps and directionals. Cell service can also be spotty so don't consider that a savior.

Visited December 2013
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Bend, Oregon
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“The Badlands East of Bend - Something for everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

Just sixteen miles East of Bend, Oregon is an amazing geologic area with castle-like rock formations, harsh rugged terrain, ancient Juniper trees, sagebrush, dry river canyon, and Native American pictographs.

There are several trailheads that lead into the area. One of the most popular is Flatiron Trailhead at milepost 16 along Hwy 20. This trail is popular with families, hikers and dog lovers offers both short (1-2 mile) and longer (5+ mile) hikes through the High Desert and surrounding lava formations, culminating at Flat Iron Rock. Another Trailhead at Mile Post 18 along Hwy 20 Southeast of Bend is the Badlands Rock Trailhead. This trailhead is also popular with horseback riders, hikers and families with dogs. The soft trail leads out to views of the Cascade Mountains, more unusual rock formations, sagebrush and continues north even after arriving at the Badlands Rock (6 miles roundtrip), and is a great place to hike winter or summer.

The BLM designated the Oregon Badlands a wilderness study area in 1980. This area is home to a variety of birds including falcons, owls, as well as herds of deer, elk and packs of coyotes. In 2005, when the BLM banned OHVs from the Badlands. Previously ranch owners had permits to allow their cattle to graze in the area, but those permits were retired in 2010. Federal Wilderness designation was officially granted on 30 March 2009, and as such wheeled vehicles including mountain bikes are prohibited in the area.

Other trailheads accessing the Oregon Badlands Wilderness include: Obernolte trailhead; Reynolds Pond trailhead and County line trailhead.

Visited January 2014
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