Take the Paulina Plunge

There are many family friendly activities in Sunriver, Oregon, but none quite like taking the Paulina Plunge. Named after the Paulite chief, the Paulina Plunge features a series of six waterfalls and two natural water slides that guests can swim and slide in during the hot summer months in Central Oregon.

A Downhill Mountain Biking Adventure for All Ages

The Paulina Plunge offers a family-friendly mountain biking adventure the whole family will enjoy. Broken up into four 1.5 mile bike rides—and interspersed with swimming adventures—this beginner bike ride is perfect for nearly all ages.

Accessible via fat tire mountain bikes, visitors will descend more than 2,000 feet as part of a guided mountain bike tour to the Paulina Plunge. Guests ages 7 to 70 can then spend the afternoon hiking, swimming, and exploring the many waterfalls and waterslides unique to the area for an exhilarating expedition. Tandem additions can be added to your bicycle to accommodate ages 4 through 7.

Open May through September, the plunge has been named the third most popular attraction in Sunriver by TripAdvisor and is one of our favorite summer activities. For $65 – $70 per ticket, guests receive a bike, helmet, and daypack, as well as a fully-guided six-mile tour that includes a fifteen-minute shuttle to and from the plunge. The tour features a mythical retelling of the namesake that only adds to the magic and allure of the Paulina Plunge.

Once there, families can have fun plunging into the water, jumping from waterfalls, and sliding down natural rockslides while taking pictures and spending the day exploring all that Central Oregon’s great outdoors has to offer. Eat lunch by the water and wade in the waterfalls as you partake in an adventure the whole family can enjoy.

Book your reservation now to secure a spot during the busy summer months in Sunriver, Oregon.

Where to Stay

Come home to Village Properties at Sunriver for a memorable stay in Central Oregon. In proximity to whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and family-friendly activities such as the Oregon Observatory or the Sunriver Recreation Center, our vacation rentals provide everything you need to share your love of adventure with the entire family. Make a reservation with us this summer for a trip you and your family will never forget.

Fourth Of July In Sunriver

Independence Day has arrived, and there is no better way to spend our nation’s 241st birthday than with a trip to Central Oregon. Here are some of the ways we’re celebrating the Fourth of July in Sunriver this year.

The Fourth Of July Festival in Sunriver

The Sunriver Fourth Of July Festival takes place at The Village At Sunriver from 10 AM – 4 PM. Register your bike to join us for the bike parade then meet us at 9:30 AM to decorate your bike or float for the big event. From there we’ll depart for the bike parade showing off our red, white, and blue finest by riding through the resort and into the village courtyard.

At 11 AM the festivities begin including musical entertainment, a free barbecue lunch, and visits from our local fire and police departments. Join us for afternoon games such as “Hoops” or “Batter’s Up” or enter the bubblegum blowing contest or watermelon eating contest to show off your talents. And don’t forget to stick around for the musical stylings of local favorite Michael John.

The Fourth Of July Fun Run at Sunriver Resort

Start your morning with Sunriver’s annual Fourth Of July Fun Run. This 5k route features views of the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor, and Paulina Peak for a walk or run amidst the beautiful Central Oregon wildlife. Feel free to bring your stroller and your dog for a family outing everyone will enjoy.

Register for the event and then join us on July 3rd from 4 PM – 6 PM in the Abbot Room of the main lodge at Sunriver Resort for check-in and bib pickup. Late check-in is also available the morning of the race on July 4th from 7 AM – 7:45 AM. The race begins at 8:15 AM at the Sunriver Resort and is followed by refreshments, music, and pints at The Backyard.

Frontier Days in La Pine

Only a quick 15-minute drive from Sunriver, La Pine’s Frontier Days are worth a visit. Featuring apple pie contests, a beard and mustache competition, home brew tastings, lawn games, carnival games, a quilting show, and a talent competition, it doesn’t get much more American than the Frontier Days celebration. Plus, if you’ve never seen a “Men’s Beautiful Legs” competition then you’re in for a real treat—there’s even a prize for the “palest” legs!

Frontier Days run all weekend July 1st-4th, check back to see the schedule as we get closer to the holiday weekend and don’t forget to catch the fireworks display July 4th at 10 PM.

The Fireworks Display in Bend

Finally, see the best fireworks display in the area at Bend’s 4th Of July Fireworks Spectacular. Fireworks start at 10 PM and are launched from Pilot Butte State Park. They can be viewed almost anywhere in Bend so long as it’s within view of Pilot Butte. Grab a picnic blanket and a picnic dinner, and lay out under the stars at one of Bend’s many parks or recreation areas.

When the evening is over, come back to your vacation rental at the Village Properties at Sunriver where you can enjoy all the comforts of home and all the adventures of Sunriver. Whether you spend your weekend white water rafting, mountain biking, or visiting the Oregon Observatory, Sunriver has something for the whole family.