Deschutes River Trail

A series of three parallel trails winds through pine forests, lava flows and riparian zones along the variously placid and tumultuous waters of the Deschutes River. Low snow years can allow year-round use for most of this trail.

This trail can be accessed from Meadow Day Use Area, as well as the following day use areas along Forest Road 41-Lava IslandBig EddyAspen, Dillon Falls, Slough, Benham Falls West, and Benham Falls East.  The Deschutes River Trail can also be accessed from the town of Sunriver.

Tumalo Trail System Map

Recreation Fee Site: Parking at this site requires a recreation pass. Passes are NOT available at this site, but can be purchased from Forest Service offices or vendors. Please check here for more information about recreation passes and where they can be purchased.

Acceptable passes include:

  • $5 Day Pass
  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Senior Pass (America the Beautiful, Golden Age)
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Every Kid in a Park Pass
  • Northwest Forest ePass


At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Due to heavy use and repeated conflicts, dogs must be leashed in the Deschutes River corridor from May 15 through September 15. Horses and bikes are prohibited on certain sections of the hiker trail.
Restroom: Vault toilets at various places along trail.
Passes: Recreation Fee Area.  Click here for passes that are accepted.

General Information


This trail is accessed from many places including Meadow Day Use Area and several day use areas off of Forest Road 41. Access is also available from the Benham East Day Use Area and Sunriver.


Mountain Biking

Biking is prohibited on certain sections of the hiker trail.

Day Hiking

Separate trails were built for hikers, horses, and bicycles. Cyclists also share most of the hiking trail nearest the river, as long as conflicts are minimized.

Horse Riding


Horses are prohibited on certain sections of the hiker trail.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
11.1 miles

  Elevation : 
3900 - 4200