Riley Ranch Nature Reserve
Formerly known as Gopher Gulch Ranch
Overview: To design and develop a 184-acre regional park with visitor facilities including trails, overlooks, interpretive exhibits and parking. View Riley Ranch Image Gallery.
Current Update: Work continues on preparing the necessary construction documents for phase one including trails, overlooks, interpretive exhibits and parking. BPRD recently received approval from Deschutes County for a Conditional Use Permit for the project. Pending building permit approvals, park construction should be underway in early 2017.
- Riley Ranch Draft Master Plan (PDF)
- Riley Ranch Phase I of the Draft Master Plan (PDF)
- Riley Ranch Draft Entry Plan (PDF)
- Riley Ranch concept images (PDF) – entry, trailheads, fencing, information kiosks/interpretative signs
- Riley Ranch community meeting presentation (PDF of Powerpoint) – Note: 3 MB
- Riley Ranch community meeting comments (PDF)
For safety reasons, the Riley Ranch property remains closed to public access until the park is formally opened.
For the Riley Ranch Nature Reserve project map, click here.
Location: Glen Vista Rd and OB Riley Rd in northwest Bend
Total Estimated Budget: $3,740,000
Total Estimated Construction Budget: $3,350,000
Estimated Completion: Fall 2017
Background: Located in northwest Bend along the east side of the Deschutes River, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve is comprised of 184 acres which were formerly used as a ranch and purchased by the District in three acquisitions in 2010 and 2013. Appearing relatively untouched in some places, the land features open meadows, juniper and pine forests, unique lava flows, cliffs and the river’s rocky canyon. View Riley Ranch Image Gallery.
Adjacent to Tumalo State Park, the property offers connectivity with the Deschutes River Trail from the state park south to Archie Briggs Canyon on Awbrey Butte. Once completed, the trail will extend all the way from the park to Pioneer Park in downtown Bend.
Additional Information: For more information on Riley Ranch Nature Reserve, please contact Jim Figurski, Landscape Architect, email@example.com or (541) 706-6152.