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Physical distancing is required, as are masks when 6 feet of distance cannot be kept.

GARY HALVORSON/OREGON STATE ARCHIVES - Tumalo Falls day use area has reopened to the public.The Deschutes National Forest opened the popular Tumalo Falls day-use site to visitors Thursday, June 18.

Given the popularity of Tumalo Falls, visitors are encouraged to follow the Center for Disease Control's physical distancing guidance of 6 feet to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus while in the area and to wear masks when that distancing guidance cannot be met.

In addition, forest visitors are encouraged to recreate responsibly across the Deschutes National Forest by following the guidance below:

Know Before You Go: Check the status of the place you want to visit. If it is closed, don't go. If it's crowded, have a plan B.

Plan: Bring essentials like hand sanitizer and a face covering to sites like Tumalo Falls, which may be crowded.

Practice Physical Distancing: Adventure only with your immediate household. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth and give others space. If you are sick, stay home.

Play It Safe: Slow down and choose lower-risk activities to reduce your risk of injury. Search and rescue operations and health care resources are both strained.

Leave No Trace: Respect public lands and communities and take all your garbage with you.

For questions about activities in the Deschutes National Forest, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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