Indian Ford Meadow Preserve

A 63 acre meadow Preserve outside of Sisters, Oregon.
  • Open during daylight hours, year round.
  • 1 mile Founder's trail.
  • Sage meadows, pine and aspen groves, and Indian Ford Creek.
  • Outstanding scenic views of the Cascades, beautiful fall colors.

*** 3/24/20: Indian Ford Meadow Preserve is currently closed to the public. This closure impacts all parking areas, trailheads, and trails and is in effect until further notice. Thank you for your patience as we help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will see you on the trail again soon! ***

Indian Ford Meadow was donated to the Land Trust in 1996 by a local landowner to protect its dramatic scenic views and important wildlife habitat. Bisected by Indian Ford Creek, this picturesque 63 acre meadow near Sisters (see map below) contains a unique diversity of habitats ranging from wetlands to pine forest. The Preserve also serves as a migratory corridor for mule deer and a breeding ground for migratory songbirds. 

  • What to See
    • Hummingbird at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.
      Hummingbird at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Photo: Jay Mather.
      Watch for wildlife: With song birds nesting along the creek and local raptors using the ponderosa pines as hunting perches, bird watching is always interesting. More than 100 species of birds have been observed at the Preserve. See the Preserve's Bird List or help with bird surveys. The Preserve also serves as an important mule deer habitat and migration corridor as the deer travel from the mountains in the summer to the more temperate winter range in the east.
    • Enjoy scenic views: Walk our 1 mile Founder’s Trail to explore the meadow and enjoy the scenic overlook with outstanding views of the Cascade Mountains.
    • Discover native plants: The Preserve is unique for its diversity of plant communities ranging from wetlands to aspen stands to pine forests. These habitats include sedges, willow, lupine, fescues, needle grasses, bitterbrush, big leaf sage, ponderosa pine, western juniper and various wildflowers.
  • Conservation Values

    Mt. Jefferson from Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Photo: Gary Miller.
    Mt. Jefferson from Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Photo: Gary Miller.
     Indian Ford Meadow Preserve protects significant fish and wildlife habitat, diverse native plant communities, and the scenic character of the local Sisters area. The Land Trust manages the Preserve to protect these characteristics.



  • Restoration Activities

    Aspen at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Photo: Byron Dudley.
    Aspen at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve. Photo: Byron Dudley.

    The Land Trust manages Indian Ford Meadow Preserve to protect and, where necessary, restore fish and wildlife habitat. Since acquiring the Preserve in 1996, the Land Trust has completed a variety of restoration projects including:

    • Managing weeds. Noxious weeds are a reality at all Land Trust protected lands. If they are not actively managed they compromise healthy native plant communities.
    • Aspen restoration. Aspen stands at the Preserve have received a helping hand over the years. Learn more about these efforts.
    • Pine restoration. Ponderosa pine stands at the Preserve have been thinned to encourage the growth of the pine trees and native bunchgrasses. Snags were also created in the process to benefit wildlife.
  • Know Before You Go

    Indian Ford Meadow Preserve is open to the public during daylight hours year-round.

    Indian Ford Meadow Preserve offers the following amenities:

    • Informational kiosk
    • Bike parking
    • 1 mile walking trail
    • Scenic overlook with interpretive signs
    • Benches

    There are no toilets and no trash removal services. Parking is on the side of Indian Ford Road. Please be sure you park safely along this busy road.


    Preserve guidelines

    Use of Indian Ford Meadow Preserve is conditional upon following these and any other posted rules:

    • Pedestrian travel only; no bike, horse, or motorized vehicle use.
    • Stay on trails and respect restrictions as posted.
    • Removal or disturbance of plants, wildlife, and historical artifacts is prohibited.
    • Dogs must be kept on leash. Please clean up after your pet.
    • No hunting, camping, campfires, smoking, or unmanned aircraft use.
    • Commercial use and private events are prohibited.

    Please note: Indian Ford Meadow Preserve is private property owned by Deschutes Land Trust. Your use of the property is conditional upon these and any other posted rules. Preserve users failing to observe posted rules are trespassing and subject to applicable laws and penalties. Visitors to the Preserve may encounter risks associated with terrain, wildlife, and weather. Please exercise appropriate caution: the Deschutes Land Trust is not liable for injuries to Preserve visitors.

  • Driving Directions + Maps

    Indian Ford Meadow Preserve is located north of Sisters, Oregon. The map below shows the location of the Preserve along with other Land Trust conserved lands. Driving directions can also be found below.

    To Indian Ford Meadow Preserve:

    Indian Ford Meadow Preserve kiosk coordinates (UTM NAD83): 617104, 4909247

    From Sisters:
    Turn north onto N. Locust Road (Camp Polk Road). Drive 2.7 miles and take a left onto Indian Ford Road.  Park on the side of the road.  The Preserve is on the west side of the road and you can enter through the gate.

    From Bend: Drive Hwy 20 to Sisters and turn right on S. Locust Road (Camp Polk Road). Continue as above.

    Indian Ford Meadow Preserve: Driving Directions (Adobe PDF)