When you live where other people vacation, a family summer staycation is easy and so much fun. Experiencing Central Oregon as a tourist is a treat for those local to Bend, and it’s something we don’t always think to do. So if you are tired of spending hours in holiday traffic, or stuck in security check lines at the airport, it’s time to plan a dream trip in your own backyard. And Pronghorn Resort is the perfect resort choice for local families.

family summer staycations at pronghorn resort

Just a short drive from downtown Bend, a staycation at Pronghorn Resort begins with a beautiful and relaxing drive through the high desert. You’ll pass ranchland as well as some of the best mountain views in the area. No need for games and car activities on this road trip, though.

Because this time, you’ll arrive at your destination long before the kids even think to say “Are we there yet?”

check-in, unpack and head to the pool.

Once you arrive and check-in at the Huntington Lodge, there’s only one thing to do: throw on your suits, grab your pool toys, and head to Trailhead for a day of splish and splash fun.

The kids will wear themselves out on the cavernous waterslide, splash pad and two family-friendly pools.

Hungry for lunch? The Trailhead Grill is only steps away with classic summertime dishes and kid-friendly meals. A

fter lunch, that’s right—it’s time to head right back to the pool!

ride the resort for views and tons of family fun.

The Trailhead Activity Center is your one-stop shop for all things WHEELS.

We have a wide selection of bikes and electric scooters that will fit any family’s needs.

You’ll also find bike trailers for the littlest members of your tribe.

Rent your bikes for a few hours or the day.

Just hop on and fun will follow!

Meander our paved pathways, travel from the Huntington Lodge to the pool, or simply put in some practice time with new little riders. With minimal car traffic and safe paved pathways, Pronghorn Resort is the perfect place to explore on two wheels.

You’ll also find limitless access to BLM land around the resort. For families with older, more adventurous riders, rent a mountain bike and explore! You won’t have to worry about oncoming bike traffic here.

It’s the perfect place to learn and explore without worry or hassle. And you can tell the kids an Italian Soda will be waiting for them when you return.

What’s a Staycation at Pronghorn Resort without Golf, Movies, and the Desert Sky at Night?

go ahead, give golf a go!

Whether or not your family golfs, a staycation at Pronghorn Resort can easily include a round of 9 or 18.

The game of golf is a great lesson in focus and patience, and with a Top 100 golf course right here in your backyard, there’s really no reason not to give it a try.

Start on the driving range with a bucket of balls. Then move onto the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course practice area.

This might be enough for your family members, but if not, set a tee time and make memories on a local golf course. You’ll be so glad you did!

snuggle up and watch movies.

As a local, you know that summer nights get cool on the high desert. That equates to perfect movie viewing time. Grab your blankets and low-back chairs for one of our outdoor movie screening nights, or choose an in-room movie from the wide selection in the Clubhouse.

Grab some s’mores ingredients and roast up a few summer favorites before snuggling in for the show.

Get in your cozy Pronghorn robe, make some hot tea or cocoa and tuck into a night of family bonding away from the regularities of home.

take in the stars away from city lights.

The high desert location of Pronghorn Resort makes the entire property perfect for stargazing.

We are close enough to town to make it a convenient drive, but far enough away to enjoy darkened skies without the light pollution of the city. This means magical star viewing opportunities.

Grab a blanket and your headlamp and head to a grassy area. Lay down, look up and let the summer stargazing memory making begin!


Bend, Oregon – the best place for a family “Staycation”

Bend, Oregon is an amazing place to live and raise a family. Remind yourself of how much fun it is to vacation here, too! This summer, add a family staycation to your to-do list.

Pronghorn Resort has everything you need to make lasting summer memories without the annoying travel and expense of a long-distance trip.

Take it easy, and enjoy this place you call home.

Vacation where you live! We promise, it will be one of your family’s favorite summer memories.

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Family bike riding at Pronghorn