Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway

  • Deschutes National Forest - Cascade Lakes Recreation Area, Bend, OR 97701
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This 66-mile historic highway was selected by Scenic America as one of the nation’s 10 most important byways, outstanding for its intrinsic scenic, natural and recreational qualities.  It became a National Scenic Byway in 1998 and provides a way of getting in touch with the pulse of communities and cultures in Central Oregon.  A historic guard station at the heart of the byway is where volunteers interpret the Forest Guard and byway stories are shared with visitors and residents alike.  The alpine lakes are set within a volcanic landscape and inspiring mountains in Central Oregon’s high country, where recreation activities, events and an interpretive sites tour provide the ideal setting for learning and interacting with nature.

Forest stewardship occurs on the byway at a proposed Welcome Station to the Deschutes National Forest, to be staffed by community volunteers and the Forest Service.  A journey for learning begins at Gateway Interpretive Sites at both ends of the byway and continues through a multitude of interpretive sites, trails and viewpoints along the byway.  This byway is connected to the community through a grassroots initiative to enhance the area’s economic vitality while protecting scenic, cultural and natural resources through conservation education and messages of low-impact behavior. 

  • Seasonal availability, June to October
  • Visitor center
  • ADA accessible
  • Trained guides available
  • Interpretive signage
  • Fee required for parking

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National Geographic