Whychus Canyon Preserve has been a busy place for the last several weeks. An article in the Bend Bulletin just before Thanksgiving prompted many to visit the Preserve for the first time and hike the new trails. We're thrilled to see the community exploring and enjoying the Preserve. Please keep the following in mind when visiting:
- Dogs must be kept on leash. The Preserve provides important winter range for deer and elk along with nesting habitat for birds. Off-leash dogs stress out wildlife during a difficult time of year.
- Please respect adjacent private properties and do not trespass on their lands. See this updated map with private lands noted.
- Please park in designated spaces.
- The trail system is not yet complete. Our first priority was to build a safe route down into the canyon, and now we are working on finishing connector trails, overlooks, and signage to help you find your way. As funds become available, we hope to install permanent trail markers and further develop the system.
Finally, we hope to finish the first phase of our forest restoration at Whychus Canyon Preserve this January when we burn the slash piles scattered around the Preserve. ***We will close the Preserve during the burning.*** Please be sure to check here after January 7th to see if the Preserve is open for visiting.