One of the fastest growing activities using a GPS is referred to as geocaching. Think of it like a treasure hunt where your GPS has the coordinates of the treasure and you have to hike, bike, climb, or even swim to get to it. These treasures are commonly known as caches. Follow this link for more information on Geocaching.
Central Oregon offers premier destinations for riding/driving off-highway vehicles. Please visit the Combined Off-Highway Vehicle Operations (COHVOPS) website for all the information you need to know, before you go. The website provides maps of Central Oregon OHV areas, current trail and weather conditions, equipment requirements, and lots of additional background information.
COHVOPS manages OHV opportunities on the Prineville District of the Bureau of Land Management and the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests.
Rockhounding and Other Recreational or Hobby Collecting
Central Oregon is a great place to look for unusual and interesting rocks, minerals and gems. Few places offer the variety of semi-precious gemstones as the high deserts and forests in this part of the state. With a little preparation, people of all ages can enjoy the opportunity to discover a piece of Oregon's geologic past by visiting one of the many public recreational collection areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Follow this link to learn more. >>>
If you'd like to explore Central Oregon's beauty, there are many scenic drives on the Prineville District where incredible natural and historic vistas are on display. There is one National Scenic Byway, one State Scenic Byway, and three BLM Backcountry Byways to explore. These drives provide scenic views of nationally recognized landscapes on the Deschutes, John Day, and Crooked Wild and Scenic Rivers, while others take the visitor back in time through the high desert landscape of eastern Oregon. Click here for more information on Sightseeing/Auto Touring.
Firearm Use (Recreational Shooting/Hunting)
There are two types of firearm discharge - legal hunting and recreational or target shooting. Both of these activities are popular in Central Oregon and are allowed with a few exceptions. There are some areas that are closed to hunting and/or target shooting due to high public use and/or resource concerns. Follow this link find out where you can shoot and to learn more about firearm use on the Prineville District >>>