Central Oregon Cave Clean Up

Thanks for everyone’s efforts in cleaning up our Central Oregon Caves!

A special thanks to Neil & the Oregon High Desert Grotto folks, the Forest Service, Central Oregon Visitor’s Association, and Drew Pick Photography.

Stay tuned for future volunteer opportunities here:
wanderlusttours.com/voluntourism


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We need your help - Cave Clean Up: bit.ly/cave-cleanup-wt (in bio)⁣
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October 19 & 20 we are partnering with the Oregon High Desert Grotto to clean up graffiti and trash. Multiple times / days are available to volunteer - we would love for you to join us! ⁣
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Photo by @drewpick #inbend #visitbend #bendoregon #wanderlusttours #thebestofbend #centraloregon #backyardbend #traveloregon #volunteer #caves
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PLEASE READ: WHITE NOSE SYNDROME IN NORTH AMERICA

In March 2016, WNS was found in Washington state. Wanderlust Tours is committed to cooperating with state and federal agencies, as well as conservation groups, to provide information to the public on the value of bats and the threat posed by WNS. Some of our Bend-area caves serve as winter hibernaculum, and we will not visit these caves. We operate year-round cave tours in caves where our bats do not hibernate. WNS does not affect humans in any way. Learn more about WNS in the United State here.

#GetOutThere and Celebrate Memorial Day in Bend, Oregon!

Memorial Day is coming up, and we are already planning what to do with our three-day weekend! There are so many great family activities in Bend, Oregon all year, but if you’re specifically looking for Memorial Day activities in Bend we’ve got some great ideas:

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Deschutes River Paddling Tours!

We’re so pumped to be running our canoe and kayak tours in Bend! This time of year we’re heading out on our paddling tours on the gorgeous Deschutes River, on a pristine and little-traveled section of placid water— no white-water on these trips, don’t worry! These tours are beginner-friendly, with a heavy focus on highlighting the plants and animals that live on the river, as well as the cultural and natural history of the area.

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Beer and Canoes? Great idea! Try our Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Deschutes River.

If you want to make this tour even more awesome, we can add some of the delicious local craft beer that makes Bend such a beer haven! Don’t worry, we don’t condone drinking & paddling… we pull to a beautiful bank on the river’s edge to enjoy a selection of local beers.

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Dirt Divas Women’s Mountain Bike Ride


Hey laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaadies, here’s a little something just for you! Dirt Divas is a great program run by Pine Mountain Sports, where female-identifying folks can get together and take a fun mountain bike ride together. All skill-levels are welcome. Check out Pine Mountain’s website for more information about this event, and to keep track of future Dirt Divas rides!

Limited Entry Lava Caves are now open!


Join us on a VERY SPECIAL cave tour! We’ve just started leading these special Lava Cave Tours into a bat hibernaculum. They’re just a tad pricier, but they’re really special and totally worth it! Learn all about the animals and other life forms that rely so heavily on this particular cave system— which is large enough to drive a bus through!

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PLAYA Great Basin Natural History Weekend with The High Desert Museum

Here’s a cool event! The High Desert Museum is hosting a weekend of natural history focusing on the Great Basin out at PLAYA, an event space near Summer Lake. Tickets are sold out, but they may create more availability based on interest. If this sounds like your kind of thing, check out the event details and contact the Museum here!

(Pssst: did we mention we’re hosting our very own event at Summer Lake this July?)

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Hunter Noack will be playing on a Steinway piano beneath the sky at Summer Lake! We can’t wait. We’ll definitely talk more about this Special Event in the Bend, Oregon area on another blog post. Until then… Stay tuned!

WANDERLUST TOURS: Special Events in Bend, Oregon

Did you know we run outdoor and brewery tours every day, all year-round? It’s the BEST, but we also enjoy cooking up some special event tours in the Bend, Oregon area… and beyond! That’s why we’re always thinking about the next thing, and fondly reminiscing about our past special event activities.

Here are some of our favorite special events that have happened over the past year:

Black Rock Desert & Steens Mountain Guided Tour

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This was an awesome experience in one of Oregon’s most gorgeous, remote locations! We traveled through the Alvord Desert and Black Rock Desert along where the Oregon Trail originally traveled, It was a trip through time, and our guests left with more insight into the story of Oregon today.

OUR SUMMER & WINTER ART IN NATURE EVENTS WITH BEND CAMERATA & SURVIVORMAN LES STROUD

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Did you know we have an ongoing outdoor performance series called Art in Nature? We love these events! Bend Oregon outdoor concerts are the best, because we have the most beautiful wild spaces for these talented performers to show their stuff!

HIKING TOURS OF SMITH ROCK, THE BLUE POOL, & MORE!

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There is nothing like hiking at Smith Rock! It never gets old! We love to talk all about the special geological features here, and how they came to exist.

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The Blue Pool is an incredible, naturally-super-blue pool deep in the woods! We lead a hiking group out here to take a gander and learn all about the local plants and animals.

The list could go on, because as cheesy as it sounds, every tour we lead feels special! However, we do love putting our creative minds to the test to come up with cool tour ideas in the Bend, Oregon area. We love leading Bend family reunions tours, business outings, wedding activities in Bend, and planning birthday celebrations in the beautiful Central Oregon outdoors!

(Psst.. need an awesome special event tour in Bend, Oregon? Talk to our Custom Tour Coordinator!)

STAY TUNED TO HEAR ABOUT OUR UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS… WE HAVE QUITE A FEW PLANNED!