Dry River Canyon Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 547 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

As of February 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020, this trail is CLOSED for Raptor mating season.

23 days ago

Closed in 2020 as well

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1 month ago

Great hike with kids:)

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4 months ago

This is a good option for a winter outing when there's snow farther west. I did it as a run, and it's do-able, but has many rocky sections that you can't really run or you risk wrecking an ankle. I wouldn't mountain-bike it either. But nice for hiking. If you want to run, try the Badlands Rock trail. Oh, "features a river"? LOL (see trail name).

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7 months ago

Easy trail, very calm and quiet. The trail does get boring after a couple miles though. Also be warned the boulder scramble towards the end could be very dangerous for dogs.

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7 months ago

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Sun Apr 21 2019

This trail is CLOSED from February 1 - August 31 for Raptor mating season.

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Mon Oct 22 2018

Beautiful, lightly trafficked trail that was perfect for a fall day. Mostly sand trail that travels through a canyon that narrows the further you go in. Due to time restraints, I was not able to go all the way in and back, but enjoyed every minute of the part I hiked. Lots of old juniper, large rocks and brush. If ever I am in the area again, I will definitely hike this trail again.

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Sat Jan 27 2018

Pretty cool trail winding through the canyon. Lots of weird rock art if you look for the carvings. The trail was kinda spooky in spots with all the old juniper and how quiet it was. Sandy soft soil most of the way, cool rough road getting in. Went Friday and didn’t see anyone else. Went again Saturday and there were tons of people there. Ignore the map on this page. You access the trailhead from HWY 20 by the badlands rock trailhead.

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Sat Jan 13 2018

Pretty hike. Very interesting geology. I rated this as a 3/5 since views are minimal.

Mon Jan 08 2018

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!

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Sat Jan 06 2018

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!

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Sat Dec 30 2017

Pretty easy hiking trail. Beautiful scenery in the gorge. Some rocks and boulders on the trail. Good hike for dogs. Some runners and bikes in trail. Good change of pace from other more open trails.

Sat Oct 21 2017

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

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Tue Jun 06 2017

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

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Thu Jan 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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Sat Dec 08 2018

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Wed Jan 17 2018

recorded Dry River Canyon Trail

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Sun Jan 14 2018

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