BEND- The Deschutes National Forest will construct of a 6-mile, multi-use paved path connecting
Sunriver, Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the Deschutes River Trail, following the approval
of the project today.
This multi-use path will provide visitors and residents the opportunity to safely walk or bike between
the three popular tourist destinations and is designed to accommodate non-motorized travelers of all
Most of the path will be constructed within an old road alignment to limit soil impacts and the need to
remove trees. Parking area improvements and interpretive information kiosks are also approved with
“We are very pleased to improve access and opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes of the
Newberry National Volcanic Monument and the Upper Deschutes River,” states District Ranger Kevin
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) significantly contributed to the design and
development of the multi-use path and also will be involved in construction of the path.
"ODOT is pleased to be a partner as this project reflects our common values for supporting safe public
recreation through a variety of travel modes," said Gary Farnsworth, Area Manager for ODOT.
Construction is anticipated to begin late 2013 or in 2014. The project will be partially funded through a
grant from the Federal Highways Administration, Public Lands Highways Discretionary Program.
For more information please contact Scott McBride at (541) 383- 4712 or Alicia Underhill at (541) 383-