Bask in the Natural Wonder of Central Oregon
Nature enthusiasts have no problem finding things to do near our hotel in Prineville, Oregon. The Country Inn & Suites is surrounded by state parks and natural wonders such as Steins Pillar, a freestanding tower of volcanic rock in Ochoco National Forest. For a more easygoing experience in nature, head two miles west to play 18 holes of golf on the banks of the Crooked River at Meadow Lakes Golf Course. If you’re not the outdoorsy type, learn about local history at the A.R. Bowman Museum or enjoy a film with the family at the Pine Theater, both less than two miles from the hotel.
- Crook County Parks & Rec. District Skating Rink (0.8 miles)
Lace up your roller skates for a fun-filled day at this county-run rink, located in the gymnasium of Pioneer High School. This facility is open to the public from September to May.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-3458
- A.R. Bowman Museum (1.1 miles)
After a generous donation from Arthur Ray Bowman in 1971, the local historical society was able to convert the Crook County Bank building into the A.R. Bowman Museum. Today, this museum boasts a large collection of pioneer artifacts and serves more than 10,000 people annually.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-3715
- Pine Theater (1.1 miles)
See the latest blockbuster on the big screen at Pine Theater. Make sure you get there early to buy something from the concession stand and find a good seat.
Phone: +1 (541) 416-1014
- Crook County Fairgrounds (1.8 miles)
These fairgrounds on the south end of Prineville host some of the area’s biggest events. The site has camping grounds, a race course and a pavilion tent with a stage, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-6575
- Steins Pillar (16.3 miles)
Steins Pillar is a 350-foot-tall, freestanding rock structure in the heart of the Ochoco National Forest. This natural wonder was formed from ash millions of years ago following a volcanic eruption that created the Wildcat Mountain Caldera.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-6304
- Lava River Cave (47.9 miles)
Families love to take self-guided tours of this mile-long lava tube—the longest intact lava tube in Oregon. Be sure to bundle up before you go because the caverns stay around 42 degrees all year round.
- Painted Hills (50 miles)
The Painted Hills are breathtaking mountain formations with colorful and clearly defined stratifications. Each yellow, gold, black or red layer represents a different time in Earth’s history—collectively spanning millions of years!
Phone: +1 (541) 987-2333
Parks and Recreation
- Ochoco Creek Park (0.7 miles)
One of the most popular public parks in the region, this 15-acre green space offers two lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, a skate track, a covered picnic shelter, a playground and more.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-1209
- Rimrock Park (1.7 miles)
Spanning more than 10 miles along the Crooked River, Rimrock Park invites outdoors and sports enthusiasts to enjoy its on-site angling pond, Little League baseball field and pedestrian bridge.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-1209
- Prineville Reservoir State Park (15.2 miles)
Experience the scenic beauty of central Oregon at this state park that sits by the 3,000-acre Prineville Reservoir. You can go swimming or boating out on the lake, or you can opt for a post-picnic hike along the shore.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-4363
- Smith Rock State Park (19.3 miles)
Go camping, hiking, cycling or rock climbing in the deep river canyons of Smith Rock State Park. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, be on the lookout for golden eagles, prairie falcons and mule deer.
Phone: +1 (561) 516-0054
Shopping and Casinos
- Ochoco Plaza (0.2 miles)
Walk over to the Ochoco Plaza strip mall to find bargains at Sears, Phil’s Hardware, Rite Aid Pharmacy and Verizon.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-3733
- Indian Head Casino (43.5 miles)
Ready for a day trip? Pack your lucky rabbit’s foot and hope to win big at this 24-hour casino featuring 500 slot machines and eight blackjack tables. On-site restaurants are available when you need to take a break to count your winnings.
Phone: +1 (541) 460-7777
Sports and Fishing
- Meadow Lakes Golf Course (2.1 miles)
With nine ponds, 62 bunkers and a course that crosses the Crooked River four times, Meadow Lakes challenges amateurs and professionals alike.
Phone: +1 (541) 447-5627
- Walton Lake (30.1 miles)
Characterized by old-growth Ponderosa pine trees and open mountain meadows, the area surrounding Walton Lake is nearly as pristine as its waters. If you’re the outdoorsy type, bring your fishing rods; the lake is full of rainbow trout and catfish.
Phone: +1 (541) 416-6500
- Mt. Bachelor (58 miles)
You can enjoy everything from disc golf and hiking to sled dog rides and snow tubing at Mt. Bachelor, a year-round recreational area with nearly 4,300 acres of skiable terrain.
Phone: +1 (800) 829-2442