Tumalo is an unincorporated community in the beautiful Deschutes County. Nestled on the banks of the Deschutes River, this scenic patch of land is about 10 miles north of Bend in sunny Central Oregon. With the gorgeous Cascade Mountains to the west and the babbling creeks, Tumalo is a beautiful wonderland perfect for canine exploration. This pupperfic town even has its own veterinary clinic.
Tumalo State Park is one of the biggest draws to the area. There’s no better way to experience the epic beauty of the area than camping in the park for the weekend. Pack up a tent and a couple sleeping bags and escape to this riverfront park with your pup. RV and tent sites are available as well as a couple pet friendly yurts. This is a great spot to relax near the river, cast a fishing line, or swim with your furry friend.
For an afternoon walk, follow the Deschutes River Trail. The trailhead is in the day use area of Tumalo State Park. Head upstream and you’ll be hiking through a pawsome rocky canyon that borders the river. The downstream portion of the trail is more open with easy river access. Either direction is about two miles round trip, so your pal will get plenty of exercise.
Whether your pup is just visiting or lives here full time, he’ll absolutely love Tumalo!
Sawyer Park is not to be missed. Sprawled across both side of Deschutes River, this 45 acre natural area is located 10 minutes away in Bend. It is chock full of pine and juniper trees and has river access for fishing and splashing around. Your furry pal will love exploring the natural and paved trails as well as the open lawn area. For a longer walk, follow the bridge across the river and hop on the Deschutes River Trail. It runs parallel to the river and stops at a couple parks along the way. If you’re feeling peckish, head over to McKay Cottage Restaurant for some delicious food. Your pup can join you on the patio and will be greeted with a water bowl and a biscuit.
The Pine Nursery Park is the kind of park your pup dreams about. Located in Bend, it is just 15 minutes from Tumalo. This pawsome park has 14 acres off leash area fun. Your pal will be in heaven as he darts and dashes around the wide open grass field. He can explore the trails, sniff around the rocks and shrubs, or wrestle with new playmates. During the dogs days of summer, faux fire hydrants squirt water to cool off the canines. Restrooms are available for pet parents and clean up bags are provided for fur babies. This place is woofin’ amazing!
If your pooch is an avid hiker, he’ll feel right at home in the Archie Briggs Canyon Open Space. With tall volcanic rock cliffs and views of the Deschutes River, this area has beautiful scenery that will make his spirits soar. Plus, it’s only 10 minutes away in Bend. The Archie Briggs Canyon Trail is just over a mile long and begins with a descent into a pine covered ravine. As you make your way back up the bluff, paws and rest at one of the benches. You and your pal will be treated to sweeping vistas of the surrounding area. If your pup is still rearing to go, hop on the Deschutes River Trail for some added mileage.
Twenty minutes south of Tumalo in Bend sits Pilot Butte Neighborhood Park. It features a grassy area, playground and picnic facilities. But, the best thing about this park is the access to Pilot Butte Trails. There are three trails to choose from and all lead to the top of a hill known as Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint. Your leashed dog will get a pawsome leg workout out as she hikes through the sage and juniper trees. Once at the top, not only will she fell like a champion, she’ll also be treated to magnificent views of Bend and the surrounding area. Since the trail can be quite hot and dusty, be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pooch.
Hillside Park is another one of Bend’s furrific open spaces. Less than 15 minutes from Tumalo, this park is divided into two parcels. One side features open areas, sport courts, picnic facilities, and a playground. The other side is an off leash area where your dog can run wild and free. But this isn’t a typical dog park; it is a network of trails that run through pines, juniper, and sage. Your pup can go into full explorer mode and discover all this park has to offer. Since part of the area is enclosed with a fence that has large gaps, there are possible escape routes. So be sure to keep a close eye on your pooch.