Deep Canyon Trail Use Area
The Deep Canyon area includes this major canyon, the smaller McKenzie Canyon to the north, and a plateau between the two. This area will provide designated trails for hikers and equestrians only. It is closed to motor vehicle and bicycle use.
- 16 miles of Shared Use Trails for hikers and horseback riding
Visitors to this area will find themselves in 1,000 acres of recreation areas extending between two canyons: a small portion of the McKenzie Canyon and the two-mile long Deep Canyon, which eventually connects to the Deschutes River approximately 1/2 mile downstream of Lower Bridge Road. The Deep Canyon Trail Use Area (DCTUA) contains many ponderosa pine trees, and is a transition area between the pine forests to the west, and the sagebrush-steppe and canyons to the east.
The area is now closed to motor vehicle use, except for McKenzie Canyon Road and several right-of-way roads for private property access!!!
Trails will be provided for equestrian and hiking use only. Horseback riders will be limited to these designated trails. Some of the trail system will be closed seasonally to minimize disturbance to raptors.
Resources of Interest
When visiting the Deep Canyon Area, take the time to notice some of the amazing natural resources and views around you. Follow the links below for descriptions of these resources of interest.
Know Before You Go
- Deep Canyon north of State Highway 126 has several private land parcels within it and many commonly used routes north into the canyon can result in private property trespass. Please respect private property boundaries, fences and gates, and stay on designated trails to avoid trespass conflicts.
- The area is managed for both equestrian and pedestrian trail use. This requires that trail users keep an eye out for other trail users and share trails. Please follow trail right of way rules and give the right of way to equestrians.
- Seasonal trail closures do occur in the western portion of the area, to minimize impacts to nesting birds of prey. Users should stay on designated trails to avoid harassing wildlife in this critical winter range area.
- For more information on trail use and safety, please visit the Etiquette page.
Access and Directions are available here.