In exclusive partnership with Bend’s Sun Country Tours and Mt Bachelor we have packaged together two of Bend’s greatest adventures for a unique day like none other in Central Oregon.The Big Eddy Thriller is Bend’s most popular and convenient whitewater rafting adventure. Just minutes from Sun Country’s Bend Headquarters, this three-mile journey features Class III rapids on the beautiful Deschutes River. The Big Eddy Thriller includes transportation to and from the river, all equipment and expert guiding. Be prepared for an unforgettable adventure that will leave you breathless and wanting more…like a Ring of Fire Cascades scenic helicopter flight with Big Mountain Heli Tours!
Cascades Ring of Fire Helicopter Tour
The Cascades Ring of Fire Helicopter Tour is perfect for Bend visitors who want to experience as much of our magnificent snow capped Cascade Range as possible. Flying above the summit of Mt Bachelor you’ll be treated to a beautiful line of the Cascade Mountains stretching from north to south and including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Washington, North Sister, Middle Sister, South Sister, and Broken Top. The Cascades are a unique part of the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire, the ring of volcanoes and associated mountains around the Pacific Ocean. In fact all of the eruptions in the contiguous United States over the last 200 years have been from Cascade volcanoes. You’ll be front and center to see the after effects of our last “big one” at Broken Top Mountain 100,000 years ago, revealing the colorful insides of our very own complex stratovolcano and high altitude glacial lake at 10,000 feet.
While Broken Top is our local volcanic star two well known stratovolcanoes are Krakatoa, best known for its catastrophic eruption in 1883 and Vesuvius, famous for its destruction of the towns Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE.
You’ll also pass over our local lakes and streams that feed into the mighty Columbia River flowing to the Pacific 300 miles away. The Cascade Range is still active to this day. Mt St Helens (which you can see on most flights) to our North remains hot after a devastating and well known eruption in 1980.
The Helicopter Tour
Our Ring of Fire Helicopter Tours depart from our private heliport in Bend, Oregon the tour includes aerial views of the City of Bend, The Old Mill and the Deschutes River as well as the spectacular snow capped Cascade range with it’s soaring volcanic peaks. The tour is hosted aboard one of our comfortable and air-conditioned green helicopters with wrap around windows. These aircraft have been designed for sightseeing and feature a nearly 180 degree field of view, clear passenger to pilot communications and in cabin air-conditioning. You’ll love getting up close to the Cascades and views of Bend that are all yours to discover.