Sunriver FAQs

The Village at Sunriver is the main gathering place for guests and residents of Sunriver, Oregon

Where Is Sunriver Oregon Located?

Sunriver is a residential and resort community located 15 miles south of Bend, Oregon. It sits within Deschutes County on the eastern side of the Deschutes River. The town contains and is surrounded by eye-catching natural and human-made scenery and offers plenty of activities for people of all ages, making it a top destination in Oregon. 

Sunriver is home to many local attractions, but you can also access other popular destinations outside of town. You are:

  • 23 minutes from Mount Bachelor Ski Resort
  • 47 minutes from Smith Rock State Park
  • 1 hour from Crooked River National Grasslands
  • 8 minutes from Lava Lands Visitor Center
  • 10 minutes from The High Desert Museum
  • 5 minutes from Newberry National Volcanic Monument
  • 55 minutes from Fort Rock Natural Area
  • 25 minutes from the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
  • 1 hour and 45 minutes from Crater Lake 

What Is the Sunriver Oregon Air Quality Like? 

Sunriver sits 15 minutes south of Bend, which has an air quality index score of under 50 for a rank of “good.” There may be brief times when the air quality drops, such as during a fire, but overall, Sunriver is a healthy place to indulge in natural scenery and outdoor activities.

What Are the Sunriver Oregon Golf Courses Like?

If you love golf, Sunriver is your place in the sun. This area is renowned for exceptional, award-winning golf courses with options that suit a wide range of players, even seasoned golfers who love unique challenges. The area is also exquisitely beautiful, offering thick, tree-lined courses alongside protected lands against a backdrop of picturesque nature. 

Choose from public and private courses and nine- or 18-hole options. For a closer look at the top courses in the area, read our blog post dedicated to the best golfing in and around Sunriver. 

What Is Sunriver Oregon Shopping Like?

If you and your family love to shop, Sunriver has something for everyone. One shopping destination not to be missed is The Village at Sunriver. The beautifully-designed outdoor mall is home to local businesses offering everything from boutique shopping to delicious food, recreational rental equipment, and even real estate. Food options include sit-down dining or casual food and drinks like coffee, pastries, and beer. There is even a grocery store. The mall also offers world-class entertainment and seasonal activities ranging from mini golf to ice skating. 

Sunriver Business Park is home to additional shopping and local conveniences. You can buy clothing and fishing gear and secure local permits. There is also a post office, hardware store, barbershop, florist, and Hallmark shop. 

For a third option, Spring River Plaza offers casual food options, recreational equipment, and added perks like a convenience store and bargain shopping. Be sure to pick something up at Second Tern Thrift Shop. The proceeds go to Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory.

What to Do in Sunriver Oregon

Sunriver offers activities for all ages. Top choices include:

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Water recreation, such as swimming, kayaking, rafting, and canoeing
  • Winter recreation, including skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding
  • Golfing
  • Tennis and pickleball
  • Fishing
  • Horseback riding
  • Visiting city, state, and national parks
  • Quality shopping and dining at The Village at Sunriver
  • Visits to the Sunriver Nature Center
  • Visits to the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory 

Where to Stay in Sunriver Oregon

Sunriver offers accommodations ranging from hotels to campsites, but if you are looking for added convenience, comfort, and relaxation, a vacation home is a popular choice. 

Cascara Vacation Rentals offers options of residential homes to suit parties of any size and budget. You gain benefits over hotels, such as kitchens, laundry facilities, and private pools and jacuzzis. You can also choose pet-friendly residences and gain exclusive residential passes to some of the best activities Sunriver has to offer. 

To shop our home and condo listings, click here

What’s Open in Sunriver Oregon

Activities and attractions will vary by season, but you will have plenty to do regardless of the time of year. Here’s a look at what you can enjoy during the warm and cold seasons.

The summer offers a long list of activities, many of which are water-related. You can try first-rate fly fishing or enjoy water recreation activities in the Deschutes River, like kayaking, canoeing, and floating along the river on floatation devices with friends or a tour guide. For added excitement, you can try whitewater rafting. If you prefer water activities closer to home, you and the entire family can swim and relax at the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center. 

In addition to water sports, Sunriver is well-known for spectacular golf courses. It also sits near Mt. Bachelor, which offers summer activities like downhill biking, zip lining, scenic chairlift rides, hiking, disc golf, and forest talks. 

There are plenty of other sites to see, including the ancient volcanic scenery at Lava Butte, views of the stars at the Oregon Observatory, local exhibits, and a nature walk at the High Desert Museum. Summer is also the perfect time to take a long drive on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway. It’s a scenic drive that you won’t forget. 

Sunriver is also a popular destination for winter activities. Mt. Bachelor offers skiing, snowboarding, tubing/sledding, and even dog sled rides. You can lace up for ice skating at the ice rink located at The Village at Sunriver. You can even dive into new adventures like snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ATV riding at Wanoga and Dutchman Flat “sno parks.” 

What Is Sunriver Oregon Real Estate Like?

Sunriver is a planned residential community and resort destination with a strong and enduring reputation as a vacation hotspot. It is home to some of central Oregon’s highest-priced real estate, but many owners rent their properties to vacationers to pay their mortgages or generate additional income. 

Buyers can choose from homes, townhomes, and condominiums, including residences with private access to golf courses, swimming pools, horseback riding, and swimming.

Cascara helps owners find vacation renters and offers complete management of vacation rental properties throughout the Sunriver area. To learn more, click here.

Is There a Sunriver Oregon Chamber of Commerce? 

Yes, the Chamber of Commerce is located at 56825 Venture Ln #110, Bend, OR 97707, across the street from Camp Abbot Trading Post. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Its website is https://sunriverchamber.com/. On the website and inside the facility, you will find an annual calendar of events and a list of attractions and activities to enjoy. You can even learn about owning property and gaining employment. The facility provides copies of Sunriver Magazine, tourist information, and directions to surrounding attractions.The chamber of commerce can be reached at 541-593-8149 or by email at exec@sunriverChamber.com.

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