Top 10 Gravel Rides in Central Oregon

Top 10 Gravel Rides in Central Oregon

Stellar fall weather is holding throughout the region. Check out these gravel rides, for as long as the season lasts
There's lots of buzz in the cycling community about gravel riding.

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Cenozoic Park

Exploring the fauna of the John Day Fossil beds
Passing through the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, near Picture Gorge, Ore., you'll find the geologic equivalent of Noah's Ark. Apparently, proto-cheetah, zebra, rhino and nearly every other conceivable terrestrial vertebrate wandered the Oregon countryside, according to a comprehensive fossil record starting 55 million years ago.

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Trail Champion

A longtime advocate for Oregon trails wins a statewide award
During the 2018 Oregon Trails Summit in October, Bruce Ronning considered the idea of leaving early to head to the coast for vacation.

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It's First Friday this week!

Here's where to find some fun stuff on the streets of downtown Bend.

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The Black Widow's Sister Arrives

Let's begin this story with the high points regarding the spider genus, Latrodectus and the family Theridiidae, most of which are commonly known as widow spiders.

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Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

Eloise, the surviving trumpeter swan from an original pair brought to Aspen Lakes, has lived quite a life.

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Haunted History

Where to find actual haunts in Bend
The Deschutes Historical Museum organizes a special ghostly version of its Heritage Walking Tour, only available for two days leading up to Halloween. During those recent seasonal tours, listeners get an earful of history and learn about ghostly encounters that some say they've experienced in Bend's historic downtown.

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Training for Cure

Local cyclists with type 1 diabetes overcome challenges to train for a big ride
Laura Glover, Kelsey Bennett and a group of other Central Oregon cyclists prepare for a bike ride like many do—mapping out a route, inflating tires, lubricating chains, slipping on gloves and snapping helmets tight.

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Gaze west and you might start to get misty eyed at the sight of snow, just starting to accumulate on the slopes.

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Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

Columnist confounds trappers, foils the FBI
Way back in the '50s and '60s, I was a thorn in the side of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Predator and Rodent Control program—a misnomer if there ever was one.

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Trail Tales Debut

Two longtime locals debut a new conversation series around the outdoors
Longtime Bendites Sue Fox and Kristian Jamieson met many moons ago, while adventure sporting in Oregon.

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Maston Trailhead

A great place to play throughout the calendar year
Created originally for cycling options in the winter months, the routes at Maston are an example of how varied user groups can work together to form diverse and harmonious trail systems.

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The Beaver That's Not
So there we were, a full busload of 6th graders touring with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, pounding on fossil-laden rocks in a quarry just outside the sleepy logging town of Vernonia, west of Portland.

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Mushroom Hunt

Learn about harvesting wild, edible mushrooms from the experts
Fall is a great time to stalk wild mushrooms.

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Trail Champion

    • Awards over function (as most projects have scheduled awards before even being built), anyone who…

    • on November 12, 2018
  • Re: Get Your Gravel On

    • Loads of gravel ride options across Central Oregon on

    • on November 3, 2018
  • Re: The Black Widow's Sister Arrives

    • Venom is delivered via injection from a bite. plants don't bite, so can't be venomous,…

    • on November 2, 2018
  • Re: Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

    • The flight feathers on Sydney's wings were only trimmed temporarily. ODFW and the Trumpeter Swan…

    • on October 26, 2018
  • Re: Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

    • I would like to understand ODFWs reasoning for the wing clipping. Sounds ridiculous to hamper…

    • on October 25, 2018
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