Tumalo Reservoir

Bend, Oregon

Tumalo Irrigation District

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Tumalo Irrigation District
64697 Cook Avenue, Bend, OR
541 382-3053

”Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” by Kim McCarrel
”Trail Busters” by Josie Rusho

Trail Summary Data

  • General Trail Location: Central/Eastern Oregon
  • Average Trail Terrain: Less Challenging
  • Total Trail Miles: 20+
  • Camping : No
  • Parking : Fair
  • Restrooms : No
  • Potable Water : No

The Upper Tumalo Reservoir, owned by Tumalo Irrigation District, is just a short distance from Bend and is a popular area for horseback riding, birding, fishing, and hiking. The area features multiple trail opportunities through sagebrush flats and ponderosa pine forest with spectacular views of the Three Sisters.

Trail Type, Distance & Elevation:
Many dirt roads and single track trails are accessible from the Tumalo Reservoir trail head offering multiple options for short or long rides. Popular rides include the ride to Bull Spring off of Road 100 and the ride west on Bull Flat Road. The trail terrain is generally less challenging although the farther you ride the more likely you will gain elevation. The footing can be compact and rocky - shod horses are recommended.

Elevation is 3,510 ft MSL

For detailed directions, specific trail descriptions and maps see pg. 249 ”Trail Busters” by Josie Rusho and pg. 40 ”Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” by Kim McCarrel

Trails can be ridden almost year round. Weather conditions can render some trails unsafe - check weather forecast and trail conditions before you ride.

Parking Access:
Easy access and parking. Do not park in area designated for the School Bus parking when school is in session.

Camping & Corral Availability:
No camping or corrals located at this location.

No restrooms. Stock water available in canal south of the trail head during the summer.

Rules & Regulations:
Access to the reservoir is prohibited. No fees required.

Directions to Trailhead

In Bend take Highway 20 west to Tumalo and turn left on Bailey Road. Bailey Road changes to Tumalo Reservoir Road at the top of the hill. Follow Tumalo Reservoir Road to where the pavement ends and there is a large gravel turn around.
These driving directions are provided as a general guide only. User assumes all risk of use. Please consult the official Oregon highway map and check road conditions. Note: Google ™ map below shows the general location of the trail/camp and may not pinpoint the entrance to the trail head/campground.

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