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 for 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 Jul 22, 2021
Open flame restrictions are in effect beginning July 22 until further notice. The ban includes charcoal fires, cooking fires, warming fires, pellet-fueled grills, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Portable cooking stoves and lanterns using liquefied or bottle fuels are allowed, though propane fire pits are not. The ban applies to all state parks and state-managed forests east of Interstate 5 and will remain in place until conditions improve.
Effective Apr 13, 2021 – Aug 31, 2021
The summit road is open to vehicles daily from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM until it closes for the season around November 1st. This is subject to change without prior notice.
Drinking water is currently unavailable on the summit.

Effective Aug 21, 2020
The Pilot Butte webcam is offline. We are in the process of fixing the issue and will get it back up as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
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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History

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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