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Crook County Staycation

Want to go on a vacation but don’t have the funds or the time to get away?

Consider what some consider the latest buzzword, a “staycation” — a short trip away from home in both time and distance.

And what is great about it, is that sticking close to home can benefit our local economy and is an excellent way to re-discover your own backyard.

Central Oregon is often considered Oregon’s playground with so much to do, and with the great outdoors being just minutes away from our front door, why not get out and explore what our area has to offer. No need to spend money on airfare, amusement parks or overpriced tourist traps when Crook County has more than a days’ worth of adventure just waiting to be explored.

If you prefer to stay in town, there are several activities and regular events to attend.

Take part in the Self-Guided Heritage Walk of landmarks and sites put together by the AR Bowman Museum. The brochure of more than 35 historical locations is available at the museum or the Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and gives a detailed history on many of the homes and buildings built in Prineville dating back to 1870.

The heritage walk can also be done in conjunction with the Prineville Charm Trail, where two dozen local businesses sell charms relating to their business to be collected and put on a bracelet. From retail outlets to restaurants, the Charm Trail is a great way to discover businesses you may have never stepped foot in before.

If you’d like to venture a little further out of town, consider the Crooked River Wetlands Complex. This area, most used for birdwatching, has a flat, paved path that is accessible to all. It has 5.4 miles of new walking, running and hiking and biking trails, 3.25 miles of which are paved for use year-round. A covered pavilion with two picnic tables and restrooms make for a wonderful gathering place, and dogs are welcome on leash. Kiosks surrounding the area speak to land use, wildlife, geography and more.

For those up for a hike, consider the Barnes Butte trail. Accessible from the Ironhorse subdivision and just minutes from downtown, the trailhead begins at the old ranch house and takes you to the top of the butte. There is no shortage of wildlife in the area, and if they are on leash, dogs are welcome. The last half mile includes some steep and rocky terrain, but the views are worth every step. On a clear day, there are 360-degree views of the rimrock, the Ochocos and the Cascades.

For those who want to leave the “city” and get beyond cell service, take the time to visit our own quieter version of Smith Rock by heading out to Steins Pillar. Natural beauty at its best, Steins Pillar is a place one can hike to appreciate amazing rock formations, but also the Mill Creek Valley. Best seen May through October, this is considered “moderate,” but take note, it is mostly uphill and curvy, so be sure to take rest stops when needed and plenty of water. The trail travels 2.3 miles through thick forest, and at the right time of year, an array of wildflowers. It then descends on a path of stairs for approximately a half mile to the base of the pillar.

If you are still seeking ways to get out and explore, an activity that continues to gain popularity in our area is rockhounding. Turn into an amateur geologist and take the time to get out and collect rocks and mineral specimens from Crook County’s natural environment. Considered the rockhound capital of the world, Crook County boasts numerous rockhound sites and mines. Maury Mountain area, White Fir, Bear Creek Butte and Lucky Strike Mines are just a sample of the areas popular for rockhound enthusiasts. Maps can be purchased at the Prineville — Crook County Chamber office along with information on safety, land use, ethics and the history of rockhounding in our area.

And if you want to make it like a real vacation where you don’t have to cook a meal or wash a dish, splurge a little and end the day at one of our numerous dining establishments in town. Many offer locally grown and raised food, craft beer, live music and outdoor seating.

If you hit the timing right, you can also enjoy the rodeo, horse races, the fair or Picnic in the Park for some extra entertainment.

If a fancy vacation doesn’t fit into your budget, consider exploring what is right out your front door. Why take a plane, train or automobile when there is an abundance of things to do right here in Crook County? Adventure awaits.

NANCY
NENNIG

Board Member

Meet NANCY.

Prineville Lions Club

My husband and I have lived in Prineville for 17 years. I retired from the Banking Industry after 18 years, most recently working for Oregonians Credit Union. I enjoy the trails and camping in the Crook County
area.

In addition to that, I have volunteered for the Crooked River roundup for 15 years, am the current President of the Prineville Lions, a member of the Prineville Elks and a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

I was an active member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee for 15 years and supported all the Prineville-Crook County Chamber events and projects.

The Prineville Chamber represents all of Crook County and its individuals, organizations and business and I feel with my volunteering and networking I am able to support the Vision and Mission of the
organization.

Duane Porter

President

Meet Duane.

Financial Advisor, DFP Financial and Consulting

I grew up on a small cattle ranch in rural Southern Oregon which taught me the values of hard work, family, and a rural way of life.  I made the move to Central Oregon in 1993 for all of its beauty and activities.  Over the last 3 decades in Central Oregon, I have seen and experienced the incredible growth and expansion of this wonderful area.  In 2018 my wife and I decided to return to a rural lifestyle in Crook County.  With its diverse community, wide variety, and ever-expanding industry, the area has maintained a small-town rural feel and culture.


In 2019 after 25 years in Insurance and Investments, my wife and I decided to open DFP Financial & Consulting, a Private Wealth Management, Planning, and Consulting Firm.   We completely enjoy the people, community and all Crook County has to offer.  Being part of the Prineville Chamber is an important focus for us to give back to and help the business of the community.


In our spare time we enjoy our family and grandchildren; camping, riding horses and doing all that Central Oregon and Crook County offers, and fly fishing the Crooked River as often as possible.

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Andrea weaver

Secretary

Meet Andrea.

Recreation Coordinator, Crook County Parks & Recreation

I grew up on the North Oregon Coast in a small tight knit community. About 18 years ago my husband and I started traveling to Central Oregon a few times a year to escape the rain. We always talked about wanting to move to the Prineville area. We enjoyed the small town feel as well as the ranching lifestyle the area offers. In the fall of 2020 we made the move with our  three teenage daughters and we are so glad we did!

In the spring of 2021 I started with Crook County Parks & Recreation. A few months after that I took the Recreation Coordinator position. I love  working with Parks & Rec. I have met so many wonderful people in Prineville which has helped with adjusting to a new environment.

I got involved with the Chamber to learn more about the community and to grow relationships.

In my spare time I love working with my family on our ranch as well as watching my girls play sports and show livestock.

Casie Allen

board member

Meet Casie.

Owner - Bayberry Lane

My family has called Prineville home for several generations. Being born and raised in this amazing community, I have always felt so incredibly blessed. I strive to be an active part of the community and volunteer regularly. I am deeply involved in 4H, several youth sports programs, and have served on many other local boards and committees. 

My mom and I own a small downtown boutique called Bayberry Lane. Our motto is local people supporting local people. We enjoy being able to give back and strive to love the people of Prineville well. 

Being on the Chamber Board has allowed me to not only serve and express my opinions as a business owner, but also as a local who wants to foster a community that is able to adapt to change while holding on to their core values.

SHEENA
YORK

Treasurer

Meet SHEENA.

Signet Realty

I am the Owner & Lead Coordinator at Firefly Events and I have been planning and coordinating events for over a decade.   I also recently took on a role as a local real estate broker here in Crook County. 

I grew up around southern Oregon. I made a road trip to Prineville with a cousin, on that trip I was introduced to a handsome young Prineville man that later became my husband. I love Prineville and although I wasn’t raised here over the last 16 years it truly has come to feel like my hometown.

I was working for a business that was a Chamber member and I was looking for opportunities to get involved in the community. After several years of attending Chamber functions I was encouraged to join the Ambassador team and then the Board. It has been a great learning experience and a lot of fun to be part of the Chamber both as a member and on the Board.

I love the weather in Prineville. After growing up in the valley with so many days of rain, I truly appreciated having (mostly) defined seasons. Summertime in Prineville is definitely my all-time favorite! We enjoy paddle boarding at Ochoco reservoir, swimming at the Prineville reservoir, floating the refreshing Crooked River, hiking the Barnes Butte or Chimney Rock trails and riding our ATV’s on the many OHV trails.

Alexandra Greenberg

Vice President

Meet Alexandra

Chiropractor, Slater Chiropractic

I was born and raised in Prineville where I graduated from Crook County High School in 2009.  After that, I moved to Portland where I attended both Pacific University and the University of Western States for Chiropractic School. 

After ten years, I returned to Prineville and am now an Associate Chiropractor at Slater Chiropractic.

Since moving back, I have enjoyed how close this community is and realized how much I missed all that Crook County has to offer compared to the big city.  I started attending Chamber events to become more involved in our community and am excited to continue working with the Chamber as Vice President of the board.

I love spending my free time with friends and family, and enjoy getting out to explore all of Central Oregon.  I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking and many other outdoor activities available in this beautiful area I get to call home.