Oregon October 26, 2017
This Town In Oregon Is Surrounded By The Most Soul-Satisfying Scenery
Founded in 1870, Prineville is a wonderful little city in Crook County filled with history, friendly small-town charm and world-class natural beauty. Read on to find out why every Oregonian needs to visit this stunning town at least once.
Nestled alongside the mouth of Ochoco Creek, Prineville is a charming town with a population of just under 10,000.
This photo overlooking Prineville was taken from the bluffs at Ochoco Wayside State Park.
In the quaint downtown area you will find a variety of local businesses, museums and restaurants.
The Bowman Museum (pictured) is home to a a rich collection of local history.
You can catch a movie at the historic Pine Theatre.
This lovely little gem opened back in 1938.
The eye-catching Crook County Courthouse is one of the most beautiful structures in town.
It's definitely deserving of a photo or two!
About 10 minutes out of town you will find the scenic Ochoco Reservoir. This high desert oasis is simply stunning.
You can enjoy a wide variety of activities at this lake, including fishing, hiking, boating, camping, kayaking, hunting and more.
If you want to go a bit further out of Prineville, the Crooked River Scenic Drive is the perfect way to view some of the amazing scenery in the area.
This route will take you along the Crooked River past gorgeous views of farm country, gently sloping hills, rock formations, and the Prineville Reservoir.
Another spot you won't want to miss near Prineville is Stein's Pillar. Located about 16 miles east of town, this fascinating natural wonder will make you do a double take.
To reach the pillar, take a 4-mile hike through Ochoco National Forest. The trail can be a bit strenuous at times, but the views are incredible.
If you go a bit further out of town, you'll find the epic Smith Rock.
This state park is a rock climber's paradise, and offers a variety of fun day hikes for all skill levels. It is about a half hour drive away from Prineville.
What other natural beauty can be found around Prineville? Share your thoughts and recommendations with us!
For more charming small towns, check our our previous article:
These 11 Towns In Oregon Have The Best Main Streets You Gotta Visit.