Post is the geographical center of Oregon and a small unincorporated community in Prineville. Hidden behind Ochoco National Forest, the town is a great place to hike, enjoy the woodlands, and get some fresh air! Post offers the best of both worlds -- you can enjoy a challenging and thrilling adventure with your pup in the forest, or explore neighboring cities like Redmond and Bend, which offer pet-friendly eateries, parks, and 10 veterinary clinics in total.
Ochoco National Forest, just a skip and a hop away from Post, should be your first stop. Start your adventures on Twin Pillars Trail, a moderately easy hike with a trailhead near Wildcat Campground. This adventurous path stretches for about 10 miles and will take up to 6 hours for seasoned hikers to complete. Round Mountain Trail is a bit shorter, but it offers amazing panoramic views of Big Summit Prairie and Cascade Peaks from the top of Round Mountain. If you get to the end of the trail, reward yourselves with a cool dip in Walton Lake! The area requires you to keep your pooch on their leash, and you'll also need to obtain a special pass to access the trails.
Post is the pawfect place for pups and people who love the great outdoors!
Prineville Reservoir is a 3,000-acre reservoir at the very southern end of Prineville. Located 44 minutes southwest of Post, this area is a popular attraction for travelers looking to enjoy outdoor activities or a quiet retreat away from civilization. The park offers wonderful camping options, including cabins which are available for rent. Book early; the cabins are in high demand in the summer! You can boat, kayak, and sniff out the best places for fishing on the shores of the reservoir. Hit the miles of winding walking trails with your pooch, and finish the day with a sandwich at one of the picnic areas.
Redmond’s downtown area is a great place to stop by for a pint of beer and a delicious snack during your trip around Oregon. About an hour's drive west of Post, you'll find a variety of pet-friendly eateries with outdoor tables and friendly staff! E BarGrill, for example, is a contemporary American joint with a low-key, almost home-like atmosphere and nice outdoor tables for hungry pooches and their parents. If you want something simple, the drive-through window of Rigoberto’s Taco Shop will serve a steaming taco for you to share with your fur baby in the comfort of your car.
The Mountain View neighborhood occupies a significant part of East Bend, featuring several recreational spots and residential quarters. You will love Pine Nursery Park, an extensive public park with a designated off-leash area and a walking loop to explore with Fido! Head just a bit farther southeast and you'll bump into Big Sky Park. This is a quiet and fun spot with walking loops and a fenced dog park complete with benches and two separate sections for small and large breeds. Hungry? The central part of Mountain View has several pet-friendly eateries, such as Café Yumm!, a wonderful place with outdoor tables and quick bite options.
Southern Crossing is an expansive neighborhood in central Bend, Oregon, occupying both banks of the Deschutes River and offering lots of fun for visitors. Riverside walks are always exciting, and there are two ways you can enjoy them here. Relax and have a picnic in Farewell Bend Park, a public park with a peaceful atmosphere. Or, hit the walking trails and have some off-leash fun in the dog park at Riverbend Park. Both places provide access to the water, but in Riverbend, you can let your buddy go wild off-leash in the fenced dog beach! Make sure you bring plenty of water and waste bags with you to both parks.
Orchard District is one of the central neighborhoods in Bend, featuring a sprawling shopping area along the Dalles-California Highway with malls and eateries. For outdoor enthusiasts, Orchard District offers two recreation areas with walking trails and picnic spots. Orchard Park is a great place for an on-leash walk. Looking for some off-leash playtime? Head to Hollinshead Park! Apart from a beautifully restored, historic barn used for functions, the lush terrain offers 17 acres of pastures! The doggy area is fenced, has two enclosures for small and large breeds, enough seating for everyone, and even drinking water fountains. Just bring some waste bags with you.