Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort

Kah-Nee-Ta Resort sits on the 600,000-acre Warm Springs Indian Reservation and is the gateway to the Central Oregon region for travelers along Highway 26 from Portland.  The resort offers an array of recreational and cultural activities for guests. Some of the highlights include horseback riding, golfing, a spa, a casino and a double-Olympic-size hot-spring-fed mineral pool. The pool opened in 1964 and has been welcoming swimmers ever since. The resort also offers weekly public salmon bakes during the summer where guests can enjoy an outdoor buffet with salmon filets cooked over alderwood coals and traditional dancing from the Warm Springs Tribe.  The salmon bakes are held on a bluff below the lodge overlooking the resort. Another well-known dining experience at Kah-Nee-Ta is the “Bird in Clay” dinner served year-round at the Lodge.  Cooking in clay over a campfire has been a long-standing tradition for the Native Tribes of Central Oregon.  Kah-Nee-Ta’s “Bird in Clay” dinner is a Cornish game hen stuffed with cranberry dressing. The bird is wrapped in foil and our version of a clay pot and baked for more than three hours.  Guests are given a mallet made from Juniper wood to break the clay pot and keep for a memento.

Kah-Nee-Ta is place for visitors to soak up some sun, warm hospitality and the heritage of the Warm Springs Tribe.

  • ADA accessible
  • Located on private land
  • Interpretive signage
  • Fee required for some activities

Get more information on this area from TravelOregon.com

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