The Deschutes National Forest encompasses 1.6 million acres ranging from the Cascade Mountains to the high desert. The Forest is one of 19 national forests in the Pacific Northwest Region. The Forest lands fall into Deschutes, Jefferson, Klamath and Lake Counties and has four wilderness areas as well as the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.
The Deschutes has 94 family campgrounds, six group campgrounds, and other recreation sites. In addition, there are 13 resorts, marinas and stores, and a large number of summer homes. Attractions including 215 lakes and reservoirs, 617 miles of streams provide fishing and boating, winter sports, and thousands of acres of magnificent scenery. Current recreation use places the Deschutes among the top five forests in the nation as a place to visit.
Mt. Bachelor ski area is located on the National Forest 20 miles west of Bend. The ski area serves nearly a million people who recreate here each winter. Facilities are provided for both downhill and cross country skiing. Throughout the Deschutes there are a number of trails marked for snowmobiling and cross country skiing.