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5 Picturesque Day Trips From Caldera Springs This Fall

Published on October 17, 2022

As the crowds clear, the air cools and the leaves begin to change, Oregon becomes a bona fide playground for the young and young at heart. And while we have endless adventures to pursue right here at Caldera Springs this fall, we always encourage our residents to head out and explore all that the great state of Oregon has to offer. Below, find our top five day trips to make the most of this ever-changing, picturesque season.

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Hike the McKenzie River Trail

There’s simply no better way to immerse in fall’s beauty than hiking. One of the best trails for leaf peeping is found along the McKenzie River, up to a magical location known as the Blue Pool (or Tamolitch Pool). As you meander among jaw-dropping colors, you’ll come across a crystal-clear, deep blue pool that complements the trees that surround.

Go Horseback Riding in Sunriver

There’s leaf peeping, then there’s leaf peeping on horseback. This month, make your way to Sunriver Resort for a day of horseback riding through the Great Meadow and into the tree-laden forest. Whether you have plenty of experience or none at all, this always proves to be a life-changing experience for kids and adults alike.

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Mountain Bike at Mt. Bachelor

Before the snow begins to fall, take advantage of the adrenaline-pumping Bike Park at Mt. Bachelor. With lift-served access to more than a dozen miles of downhill oriented trails, in addition to a beginner lift perfect for all ability levels, the park offers an undeniable thrill for any adventurous spirit.

Visit the Picture-Perfect Painted Hills

Considered one of the seven wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills beckon an unforgettable day trip from Caldera Springs. With delicately colored stratifications of yellow, gold, black and red, comprising millions of years of history, the hills are best seen in the late afternoon and change by the second. Just don’t forget your camera!

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Explore Crater Lake National Park

While many visit Crater Lake National Park in the summer, nothing compares to the fall months when the temperatures are cool, the wildlife is teeming and the leaves are glowing. Whether you come to hike, bike or even photograph the beautiful sights at every turn, your family will thank you.

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