Looking for a community that is expanding its frontiers but has a put-your- boots-up pace? Prineville is a town that’s held onto its Western heritage without holding itself back. Nestled in the rim rocks and steeped in Central Oregon history, Prineville is a small town with a style all its own—the kind of style that put a challenging, pro-am 18-hole golf course on the map.
The kind of timeless style reflected in architecture of an historic courthouse, and in the enviable collections at the Bowman Museum. In town, you’re likely to stumble upon an art and book gallery, a unique antique or gift store, or find yourself at a classic car show.
Prineville is also a town that is embracing growth. Brooks Resources, a development company, has developed Iron Horse, a mixed-use community platted to include housing units, a school, open spaces and retail shops. Brasada Ranch, a high-end, 1,800-acre resort community that has been created just miles outside the city. The resort includes a golf course, pool and additional amenities.
The growth is also bringing with it more shops and restaurants to the downtown core for visitors and locals to enjoy.
But Prineville also offers the best of country. You’ll feel the spirit of an independent community with pioneer roots in the land—in logging, farming and ranching. Stop at the Chamber of Commerce and pick up a series of daytripping maps.
A guide detailing 10 trips through Crook County will lead you through spectacular ranching and farming countryside.
And while Prineville’s location is in the High Desert, you don’t have to look far to find water activities during the summer. Prineville Reservoir and State Park is a popular spot for swimming, boating and picnicking. The Ochoco Reservoir, just a few miles out of town, offers camping and fishing spots.
Prineville is no stranger to the rodeo. You won’t want to miss the Crooked River Roundup Rodeo in June. The rodeo always begins with a cattle drive through town, and the community is invited to the kick off barbecue. The Crook County Fair is also held annually in Prineville.
Crook County is also proud to claim the title as the rock hound capitol of Oregon. The Prineville Chamber sells a Central Oregon Rock hound map, produced in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, that describes the sites, gives safety pointers, has a comprehensive map, and comes complete with photos of rocks you can find.
Prineville is more than a High Desert location and community connection. Founded in 1872 and named after a merchant, Barney Prine, visionary, entrepreneurial spirit is what originally put Prineville on the map.
Les Schwab, a billion dollar company started in Prineville. Facebook broke ground on its first Prineville data center in 2010, followed by Apple in 2012. A third tech giant is rumored to be also moving to town.