Pilot Butte
State Scenic Viewpoint

Near Bend, Oregon, United States

Come and explore an old cinder cone located just east of Bend. Hike up and around on one of three trails. The trails wind through stands of juniper and sage. All of the trails lead to the summit. Once at the top, get ready for a grand panoramic view of the high desert.

To the west at sunset, the glow of snowcapped Cascade mountains put on a spectacular show. Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte and Mt. Hood are some of the highlights.

There is year-round access from the east side parking lot to all trails and the summit.

The summit road for driving access is seasonal and open April 15 through November 1 (winter weather conditions may impact these dates).

View our park brochure and map.

Effective Nov 10, 2022 – Apr 10, 2023
The Pilot Butte summit road is closed for the winter. The road will remain closed to public vehicle traffic until mid-April 2023. The summit road closes to vehicles each winter due to poor driving conditions.  The East side parking area remains open, allowing year-round access to the butte’s hiking trails.
mdi-white-balance-sunny Open for day use Year Round mdi-cellphone Call for info: 800-551-6949
Call park: 541-388-6055
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Amenities & Features


The land was given to the state in 1927 in memory of Terrence Hardington Foley, by his Bend business associates. Additional tracts were purchased in 1941. A prominent topographic feature, Pilot Butte was a landmark that guided wagon train immigrants who sought a safe crossing of the Deschutes River.

Brochures and Maps

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