4th of July in Sunriver

If you are planning on spending the 4th of July in Sunriver this year, you won’t be missing out on any patriotic festivities, as there is lots going on right here. We’ve got the day lined out for you below. You won’t have to go very far either.

If you enjoy running, start your day at the Sunriver Resort, behind the main lodge for the 4th of July 5k Fun Run. Start the holiday with a scenic run through the Sunriver meadows with views of Mt. Bachelor and Central Oregon wildlife. All participants receive a commemorative pint glass as well as a complimentary beer or soda after the run. What a great way to start off your 4th of July in Sunriver!

Next, head to the Bike Barn at the Sunriver Resort and join in on the Bike parade fun. The parade begins at 11:30am, but you can check-in beginning at 10am. With purchase of parade ticket you get entered into a contest to win a brand new bike! Add on a bracelet to get admission into bounce houses and an obstacle course at the conclusion of the parade for only $5. Help your family show off their independence by tie-dying some groovy garments or stuff a “far out” furry friend to celebrate Sunriver’s 50th anniversary! (Additional fees apply) If you want to participate, be sure to decorate your bike in red, white and blue and join in on the fun!

From the parade ending point, head over to the Village at Sunriver for the Sunriver 4th of July Festival and enjoy free music, a watermelon eating contest and so much more. The festival goes from 11am – 4pm and will be tons of fun!

If you’re looking for a traditional fireworks show, you may want to plan on a short drive to one of our neighboring communities of Bend or Lapine, as Sunriver doesn’t offer this tradition due to fire dangers in the area. Head north to Bend, and park just about anywhere in to see the fireworks being launched from the top of Pilot Butte at 10pm. There are several options for parking off of Knott Road, on the south end of Bend. We advise that you turn your car so that you’re parked on the north side of the road and have easy access to head back to Sunriver once the show has finished. Another option for a fireworks show Or, head south to Lapine and see their display from Frontier Heritage Park at 10pm.

Whatever you choose to do with your big day, you know you’ll have a cozy vacation home to return to that evening. Pour a cool beverage and head to your deck surrounded by the trees and the bright stars of the Central Oregon night sky to talk about the days events and continue the memory-making.

If you haven’t already secured Sunriver vacation home for 4th of July this year, make your plans fast, as homes are filing quickly. Call our Sunriver experts today. They will be happy to assist in finding your perfect holiday home. Or, check out our listings here.

Day Trip – Newberry Volcano

What do you like to do when visiting Sunriver? Bike riding, swimming and floating the river are a must. If you find yourself with the time or desire to take a day trip from Sunriver, the Newberry Volcano area is a nearby and beautiful location to explore. And, you can do it in a day trip.

From Sunriver, head south on highway 97 for about 9 miles. Turn left onto Paulina Lake Rd (you will see signs directing you to Paulina and East lakes from the highway). Drive up this road for about 13 miles and you’ll be at the Paulina Lake Visitors Center. From here, there are lots of options for hikes, enjoying time on the shores of a lake, renting a boat and being on the lake and all-in-all exploring and taking in the natural beauty of the area.

Walk the Big Obsidian Flow:

Big Obsidian Flow - Paulina PeakA one-mile interpretative trail weaves you up and through a breathtaking 1300 year old obsidian flow. With amazing views of the Cascade Mountains, Paulina and East Lakes and so much more, you will be glad you took this walk. If you visit during the summer, be sure to wear sunscreen and bring lots of water. The shiny black rocks heat up fast and hot on summer days. This is a short and fairly easy walk, but wear good shoes and be prepared for hills as it is a rocky trail and you do gain some elevation. If you bring your dog along for this day trip, be sure to bring some boots for their paws, as there are lots of jagged rocks on the trail.

East Lake:

East Lake Resort

With a beautiful shoreline setting, a restaurant and a marina, the East Lake Resort is a great stop for your day trip up to the Newberry volcano area. Rent a stand up paddle board at the marina, then grab some lunch at the Blue Duck Grill, or just take a stroll along the shore and take in the fresh mountain air and the beauty of the area.

Paulina Lake:

The Paulina Lake Lodge is another option for a lunch or dinner stop on your adventure. Known for its Prime Rib and homemade cobblers, the food is tasty and the atmosphere is relaxing. Call ahead of time to be sure they’re open on your adventure day and to make a reservation if necessary.

Paulina Lake Hot SpringsIf you’re up for a bit of a hike and a hot spring adventure head to the Little Crater Campground and find parking at the Lakeshore Loop Trail trailhead at the far end of the campground. Take a two-mile walk along the east shore of the lake to find Hot Springs Beach. Find these primitive hot springs at the north end of the beach right on the shoreline. Hunker down into one of the log lined hot springs, enjoy the views and the minerals and remember to leave no trace please!

Paulina Creek Falls:

Big Obsidian Flow - Paulina Peak

After exploring Paulina and East lakes and when you are heading back towards Sunriver, plan on just two more stops. First, you will see signs for the Paulina Creek Falls. Upon parking, find a paved trail and walk a quarter mile to the top of the falls and enjoy the thrill of looking over the 80 foot tall falls. Take another portion of path down to the bottom and you’ll be able to see the falls from below. Watch the pair of falls flow onto the rocky ground below from two viewing areas. Be sure to carry your camera with you on this beautiful walk!


Newberry Volcano ViewpointAs you head back to your cozy Sunriver vacation rental after a long day of exploring, be sure to make one last stop at the viewpoint just down the road and on the opposite side as the falls. If you’ve soaked up the whole day exploring the caldera, you may be lucky enough to make this stop at sunset to watch the sun sink behind the Cascade mountains creating a palette of colors that seem indescribable.

Still planning your Sunriver stay? Be sure to book your vacation rental as soon as you can to take advantage of the widest selection and best pricing.


There is an exciting new business coming to our neck of the woods in the Sunriver Business Park; a food cart lot in a park-like setting! No more traveling to Bend for tasty and unique food combinations made on a truck. Instead, head right on over to the Sunriver Business Park this summer and check out Elkibou’s. To help us introduce this new addition to the neighborhood, we’ve asked the owner, Mike, to do a guest post for us. What inspired this business? What can we expect? Read on, and thank you Mike!

Elkibou’s is to be a nod to the history of  Oregon and the Oregon Trail, to simpler times when early pioneers circled their wagons at the end of an active day, prepared homestyle food around a community fire and told stories of their day. There was a comfortable and welcome feel that just naturally encouraged conversation and laughter. Sunriver locals and visitors can briefly experience a little bit of that history at Elkibou’s Food Cart Park as the colorful food carts adorned with wagon wheels are circled around the fire serving many varieties of delicious cuisine prepared fresh by talented local chefs that enjoy the intimacy and face to face personality the food cart brings. Meet, chat and enjoy a cold, refreshing brew or sangria with new friends as you await your freshly prepared meal. Try two or three or four carts as you take in the Park.

The great food will bring you to Elkibou’s but the natural beauty, deep blue skies, bright starry nights, beer garden, fenced in grassy play area, heated northwest style pavilion and colorful seating will inspire promises to surely return.

Ride your bike, come as you are, but certainly blaze a trail with the family to Sunriver’s new food cart destination.

Seriously, isn’t this why we all come to Sunriver?   Enjoy!
UPDATE: Opening June 30th!
Check out their Facebook page HERE for pics and more information!

Sunriver Dog-Friendly Rentals | Plan Your Vacation with Village Properties

Here in Central Oregon, we take our dogs just about everywhere we go and you can, too, when you book your vacation home with Village Properties at Sunriver. Our Sunriver dog-friendly rentals are available with a broad range of amenities and floorplans, so you are sure to get the perfectly sized short-term rental to accommodate everyone, including your pet.

Dog-friendly Activities in Sunriver

Having the beautiful Deschutes River flowing through it makes Sunriver the ideal vacation spot for pet parents and their pups who love the water. While some canine breeds are born to retrieve waterfowl or pull in fishing nets, almost every dog loves to jump in the water.

Visitors have the flexibility to walk their dogs anywhere on an extensive trail system that includes 30-miles of paved walking and biking pathways that wind through the area and along the banks of the river and lakes.

Dog Park Beach at Riverbend Park

Another favorite place to play for water-loving breeds like labs, spaniels, and retrievers is Dog Park Beach in nearby Bend, Oregon. This off-leash park is located across a footbridge from Farewell Bend Park. Visitors can also park at Old Mill and take a short walk on the paved trail to the park.

Fort Rock Park

Sunriver’s Fort Rock Park allows dogs to be off-leash as long as they are under effective voice control. However, pet owners need to have a leash in their possession at all times. Fort Rock Park features lots of amenities for pets, including a large grassy area and a canine waste station for added convenience. You can drive to the park or enjoy some exercise while biking or walking on the paths.

Take Your Pup on a SUP

If you have a smaller breed such as a terrier or poodle, then playing fetch in the water might not be as fun for them as it is for other breeds. Every summer, pooches of all sizes can be seen on the front of their owner’s stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) piloting upstream and downstream on the Deschutes River. Before taking your pet out to paddle, be sure you are comfortable on the board yourself. Also, be sure to remember to pick up a canine flotation device and to keep your pet hydrated when not on the river.

Wondering How to Find Sunriver Dog-Friendly Rentals?

  • Visit our Village Properties dog-friendly vacation rentals page for specific Sunriver properties

If it doesn’t feel the same to go on vacation without your pet, be sure to search our pet-friendly homes, cabins, and condos. Here at Village Properties, we understand pets are part of many people’s lives, especially while on vacation.