Pumpkin Patches, Haunted Houses, Corn Mazes and More in Central Oregon

Fall is such a beautiful time to visit Central Oregon! The air is cool, clean and crisp. The leaves are changing from green to rainbow and the pumpkins are ready for picking. If you love fall, Halloween and all things October, we have your list of Pumpkin patches, haunted houses, corn mazes and more in Central Oregon.


Scaregrounds Haunted Houses

As for Haunted Houses, Redmond is home to the best around; the Scaregrounds Haunted Houses. The Scaregrounds provides THREE Haunted houses in one location. You can choose to do one ($15), two ($25) or all three ($35), and they are all “very scary”.  This attraction is open various dates throughout October and you can purchase tickets online. Recommended for ages 12 and over, there are “Chicken Exits” located throughout each haunt, but we think you can make it all the way through!

The Village at Sunriver

If you find yourself staying at one of our vacation rentals over Halloween, take the kids over to the Village at Sunriver for Spooktacular fun on Halloween. Kids are able to walk between the shops in the village for a traditional trick or treating experience as well as enter the annual costume contest, bounce the night away in bounce houses located at the Pavilion, join in the cupcake walk and more! The event starts at 4pm on Halloween and ends at 6pm and is free of charge.

Pumpkin Patches & Family Fun

Smith Rock Ranch

Pick a pumpkin and get lost in towering corn stalks at Smith Rock Ranch. The first reason to visit this ranch is to witness the views. There are so many places in Central Oregon that feel like you are literally sitting, walking, driving or biking in a postcard. This is one of those. As you stroll through pumpkin fields searching for that perfect shape to become your Jack-O-Lantern, be sure to look up every once in a while. On one side you will see Smith Rock towering beneath a large blue sky and on the other side you will see the Cascade mountains in all of their glory. Be sure to bring your camera to get scenic pictures and even plan on some family photos here.

Smith Rock Ranch not only offers a giant field of pumpkins to choose from with breathtaking views, you will also be able to enjoy the ever-changing and intricately designed corn “Maize”. The 2018 theme is CARS. You’ll truly want to plan your day around this outing because there are even more activities that are offered here such as:


  1. Harvest market with wonderful produce for sale
  2. Petting zoo
  3. Barnyard Golf
  4. Pumpkin Cannons (yes you shoot pumpkins out of a cannon, it’s rad!)
  5. Zoo Train
  6. Hay Maze
  7. Pony and Wagon rides
  8. Face Painting
  9. A dog park
  10. Live music
  11. Food vendors.


Be sure to check the hours of operation for the ranch and for all of the activities because grabbing a pumpkin and produce is open most days, but activists are only open on weekends.

DD Ranch

Another option for picking your own pumpkin and making a day of it is at DD Ranch in Terrebonne. This ranch is similar with amazing views, hay rides, a petting zoo and so much more. There may not be a corn maze, but this ranch has a “Cowboy Arcade” offering an Air Soft Range, an Archery Range and a Giant Sling Shot Range.


Fall Golfing in Central Oregon

Cooler weather and shorter days do not mean that your golf game has to be called off. In fact, Central Oregon in the fall is perfect for hitting the links and the rates are just right! Take a peak at 4 of our favorite courses and be sure to take advantage of the splendor each course has to offer.


Widgi Creek is a perfectly maintained, challenging and scenic course. The fairways are lined with trees and the greens are expansive with one of the longest Par 5’s in the country. The prices at Widgi Creek are just right for your fall golfing excursion:


September 17 thru October 14:
Prime time (Before 2pm) $49 for 18 holes or $40 for 9 holes

Twilight (2pm to close) $29 for 18 holes


PLUS: Guests of Village Properties at Sunriver will receive a 25% discount with a voucher from us. Call our office for more information.


Lost Tracks Golf Club offers 7,000 yards of magnificent views along with some challenging golf. This course is bordered by national forest and gives the feeling of quiet seclusion yet located on the south end of Bend.


October 8 thru November 4:

18 holes for $42 or $30 for 9 holes

Twilight (3pm to close) $35

Additional charges apply for a golf cart. The course offers even lower rates from November 5th thru close.


PLUS: Guests of Village Properties at Sunriver will receive a 10% discount.


River’s Edge offers a unique golf experience with views of the Cascades and the Deschutes River. Play their signature hole 6 (a par 4) with an approach shot to an elevated green that includes a pond with a 25-foot waterfall!


September 4 thru October 28:

18 holes for $47 or $31 for 9 holes

Twilight $30

Additional charges apply for a golf cart. The course offers even lower rates from October 29th thru March 28th in their “Winter Season”.


PLUS: Guests of Village Properties at Sunriver will receive a 10% discount.


Quail Run Golf Course, located south of Sunriver in La Pine is a beautifully maintained course with panoramic views of the Cascade mountains. Enjoy this resort quality course without resort pricing.


October 1 thru December 31

18 holes for $42 or $25 for 9 holes

Twilight (after 1pm and up to 18 holes) $25

Additional charges apply for a golf cart.


PLUS: Guests of Village Properties at Sunriver will receive a 10% discount.For all Village Properties at Sunriver partner discount information, check here.





Try the Cycle Pub!

Are you traveling with a large group and looking for an activity? We’ve got an idea right here for you. Biking and beer; what more could encompass the Central Oregon lifestyle? For one experience that provides both activities, try the Bend Cyclepub through The Bend Tour Company.

This is a great way to see Bend, stop at different breweries throughout the city or perhaps just get out in the fresh mountain air with friends. The Big Bike will accommodate up to 14 riders. This includes 10 pedaling seats, 2 passive bike seats and a bench for two more riders in the back. Your whole group, including riders as young as 12 years old, can hop on this bike to explore Bend. Do you have more than 14 people that would like to go? No problem, the company offers a Small Bike tour that can launch at the same time as the Big Bike tour. The Small Bikes require a minimum of 4 riders and can carry up to 6.

All tours are 2 hours long and make a lap around Bend, stopping at Silver Moon Brewing (a sponsor for the bikes). Take some time just before you head out on your tour to talk with your guide and map your outing. There are different stop options that you can choose from, or just keep pedaling for your tour to see as much as you can. Perhaps (if all cyclists are over 21) use this as a chance to hit some stops on the Bend Ale Trail.

The Bend Tour Company requests that your entire group arrives 10-15 minutes early to ensure plenty of time to get everyone checked in and on the bike for launch time.

Be sure to plan ahead, make your reservations online and enjoy the ride. You will have a professional Bike Pilot, enjoy great music and sights of the area. We hope that you are able to get out there and experience this one-of-a-kind activity while here in Central Oregon.

Have a great time!


Fall Adventures at Mt. Bachelor

If you will be spending a weekend in Central Oregon this fall, don’t think that Mt. Bachelor is off limits as a destination. There are many fall adventures at Mt. Bachelor to be had. Before the snow flies and the snowboards and skis get waxed, enjoy some spectacular views, play some disc golf or race down the hill on a bike at Mt. Bachelor this fall.

Scenic Chair Lift Rides and Hiking:

These are available from 11am to 5pm Friday through Sunday. Begin at the West Village base area, your ride will take you up to the Pine Marten Lodge at 7,775 feet. You will be able to soak up views of the Three Sisters peaks, Broken Top and many of the Cascade Lakes. From the top you can hike trails on the mountain and even grab lunch, snacks and beverages inside the Pine Marten Lodge. Prices vary from $14 – $20 based on age. Mt. Bachelor’s operating schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and other factors. Be sure to check their conditions report before you go. If you choose to hike, be sure you’ve got all the necessary equipment and maps. You can find more information about Mt. Bachelor hiking here.

Disc Golf:

To play this course, you’ll have to suffer through the breathtaking views to be seen from the Pine Marten chair lift. From the top of the lift, you will find hole #1 and from there, you work your way down the mountain to hole #18. Experience your favorite ski runs in the summer time as you play your favorite game on Mt. Bachelor! A lift ticket pass is required to ride the lift and play disc golf. Prices are above, or can be found here.

Mountain Biking:

13 miles of downhill trails are at your fingertips from the Mt. Bachelor lifts. The Sunshine Accelerator lift is great for beginners and up. The Pine Marten Express will lead you to a combination of machine built and single track trails for intermediate to advanced riders. You may choose to buy a ticket for the Sunshine Bike Park alone ($19) or a ticket for the whole mountain ($29 for 12 and under or $42 for 13+). In the fall (September 4th – October 7th) the lifts and parks are open from 11am to 5pm Friday – Sunday, so plan accordingly. As mentioned above, be sure to double check the Mt. Bachelor conditions to ensure that everything is up and running for your planned day of adventure.