DescriptionThe area around Sisters was a crossroads for Native American travelers long before settlers from the Midwest and East arrived in the 19th century. John C. Frémont, guided by Kit Carson, passed through the region in 1843.
The snowcapped Three Sisters peaks, called Faith, Hope and Charity by early settlers, form the backdrop for the town of Sisters and the Deschutes National Forest. Western facades provide a frontier town flavor. The Hotel Sisters, one of the few original buildings still standing, has been restored and serves as a Western-style saloon and restaurant.
The Sisters Rodeo, held the second weekend in June, is one of the town's most popular events. First held in 1940, the annual event now includes parades and rodeo performances by world champion cowboys and cowgirls. For information about tickets and the schedule of events, phone (541) 549-0121.
For more summer fun, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is held each year on the second Saturday in July. Blanketing the town with eye-popping colors and textures, more than 1,300 handmade quilts are hung from balconies, storefronts, railings and fences on the morning of the show.
On the edge of the high desert, the community, a mecca for cycling enthusiasts, is at the major recreational crossroads of US 20 and SRs 126 and 242 connecting the Willamette Valley and central Oregon. The McKenzie Pass Scenic Highway begins just west of town off US 20/SR 126. The road, open from early July through early October, offers panoramic views of the Cascades and nearby lava fields.
Visitor InfoSisters Area Chamber of Commerce 291 E. Main Ave. SISTERS, OR 97759. Phone:(541)549-0251 or (866)549-0252
SkiingHoodoo Ski Area