In late December of 2017 Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, one of the Bend Park and Recreation District’s newest parks opened to the public. Riley Ranch Nature Reserve is located in north Bend on 184 acres of former private ranch land along the east side of the Deschutes River, and offers you several hiking trails, from easy to more strenuous. Riley Ranch Nature Reserve is also the only Bend park where dogs and bicycles are prohibited, so please keep that in mind if you usually take your dogs with you. Also, when visiting Riley Ranch please follow the speed limit along Glen Vista Road! There are several residences along the road and children may be in or along the road, so please drive safely at 25 mph.

Sound good? Well grab your favorite Hydration Pack or Hydroflask, check out some hiking tips, and hit the trail!

The Juniper & Sage Flats loop hike is a nice wide packed gravel ADA accessible trail that almost everyone can enjoy. It is mostly flat, and you won’t have to worry about tripping on rocks and tree roots like you might find on other trails in Central Oregon (see map below).

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of hiking the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve.

Canyon Loop Trail at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of hiking the Canyon Loop Trail at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve.

This trail system gives you several river overlooks (please stay on the trails or the boarded overlooks as the loose rocks can be treacherous), as well as nice views of the Cascade Mountains that Bend, Oregon is famous for. Keep an eye out for different kinds of plants and wildlife, and take a good camera with you as well.

The trails at Riley Ranch are also good for runners, and I have already seen several folks doing just that. But please do remember that no dogs or cycling is allowed at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve.

Trails at Riley Ranch: Just click a link for more information on each trail.

  • Juniper Loop – a 0.7 mile hike/walk
  • Sage Flats Loop – a 0.9 mile hike/walk
  • Canyon Loop Trail: about a 1.25 mile hike (not including the walk from parking lot to Robin’s Run and back). Check out a Photo Gallery.
  • Juniper & Sage Flats Loop: about 1.67 mile loop including overlooks along the trail. Check out a Photo Gallery.

If you go:

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve

Address:
19975 Glen Vista Rd., Bend, Oregon 97701

Open:

Sunrise to sunset

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve Video

Juniper & Sage Flats Loop at Riley Ranch Nature Reserve

A map of the Juniper & Sage Flats Loop at Riley Ranch in Bend, Oregon

Sources: Bend Park and Recreation District website.