Dry River Canyon Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Dry River Canyon Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from August until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.8 miles
101 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers




One of the most breathtakingly beautiful trails in Central Oregon, the Dry Canyon River Trail winds through a deep lava canyon in the Badlands east of Bend, Oregon. It is closed seasonally for wildlife habitat/mating season from February 1 - August 31. This trail is a great one for all levels. There are breathtaking views including ancient geological formations and foliage, as well as wildlife including Mountain Goats, who roam freely over the steep rocky sides of the canyon. After about 2.3 miles, the trail disappears into a large rockfall for about 50 yards. Only experience hikers who feel comfortable rock-hopping should continue. After the rockfall, the trail continues to the end of the canyon, about another 0.75 miles. During winter months, the trail is VERY, VERY icy. Closed February 1 - August 31 for wildlife breeding season.

12 days ago

Peaceful, simple, beautiful. What else do you need in a hike! Be warned though- the waypoint for this map isn’t to the trailhead, it’s for the road to the trailhead- it’s kinda confusing!

13 days ago

Nice, pretty easy mellow dog friendly hike. When you pull off, hang right THROUGH the gravel pits, not past them to hit the trail head!

1 month ago

I’m sure this is a great hike. I only found a road, no trail, and the road was used by sled dogs pulling a 4wheeler. I’m sure typically it wouldn’t be a big deal, but I met them at the beginning of the hike when I had no where to go. I’ll try again another day from the access off hwy 20 and not through Alfalfa

3 months ago

easy hike that snakes thru a dry canyon. good but not spectacular. The trailhead sign lists it at 6 miles but most people turn around at the rock scramble

7 months ago

the boulder feold at the end is fun to hop though and if u are paying attention there are animals everywhere.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This is not the location of this trail. The trail is out hwy 20. We are locals, and hike dry river canyon all the time. This is a bad waypoint.

Monday, September 29, 2014

found the trail head about Mike marker 18. at mile marker 20 is a sign that tells a bout the canyon. was a cool hike.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tried to find it but the map did not take me far enough out. Was about 10 miles short of the trail head. Will go out again to find it.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Breathtaking, beautiful trail for all levels. Rock-hopping optional. Natural geological formations, ancient Juniper trees, incredible views, unique wildlife (Mountain Goats). During winter months the trail is EXTREMELY ICY. Remember to be respectful of private property close by. Recommended for everyone!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015