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.

Length6.4 miElevation gain547 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsBird watchingrunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleSnow
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As of February 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020, this trail is CLOSED for Raptor mating season.

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Nancy Monson
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Yuko Moulton
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keith stahley
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Beautiful canyon hike east of Bend

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D Frank
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Lynn Weglarz
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the turn off is the Oregon Badland, right after Flatiron trailhead. The Dry River trailhead is beyond the gravel pit, (none of which was clearly marked, a bit of stumbling to find the trailhead.) it was a great hike (not much in elevation), sandy trail with a few rocks. we weren't quite sure we reached the end, lots of boulders and didn't see much of a trail beyond the huge pile of boulders (about mile 3?) Not much way of rapture nests (saw 1). I think this hike would have been better if we had started earlier in the day (starting at 11:30) on a warm day was dumb! I could see going again in late September. Think it could be very pretty. Though the huge bonus, long weekend and only 6 people on the trail!! That's the kinda hiking I like!

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Sandy C
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Closed in 2020 as well

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Andrew Bloo
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Great hike with kids:)

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Robin Budd
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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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Jeff Thisius
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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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Anne Shoemaker
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Kimberly Caldwell
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This trail is CLOSED from February 1 - August 31 for Raptor mating season.

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Carrie Carter
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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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Cooper Hadaway
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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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Christina Mckeown
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Pretty hike. Very interesting geology. I rated this as a 3/5 since views are minimal.

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Caleb Thomas
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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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Erin Pryor
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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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Patrick Frain
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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.

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Leif Wisdahl
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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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Monica Stringer
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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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Robin F Sloan
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DeWayne Fisher
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Michael McKay
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Rory Miller
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Alexandria Shupert
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Sue Ann Doke
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Kristin Wigle
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John Paznokas
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Bobby Burns
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Greg Hendrix
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