You can drive just a few minutes east of Bend and go way back in time by visiting Dry River Canyon, which is exactly what it sounds like: a dry river canyon created by a lake near Millican that drained in the Pleistocene epoch.
The 2.3-mile path has plenty to see along the way, including giant boulders, twisted juniper trees, craggy canyon walls and, if you know where to look, ancient Indian petroglyphs. But if you don't know where to look, that's fine, too; Dry River Canyon is a perfectly pleasant late-summer or fall hike, with or without the history lesson.
— Bulletin staff
If you go
Getting there: From Bend, drive 17 miles east on U.S. Highway 20. At the bottom of a long hill, turn left near milepost 17. Immediately turn right into a gravel pit. Travel through the gravel pit to a dirt road. Follow the dirt road about a mile to the trailhead.