Benham Falls ~ Deschutes National Forest ~ Bend, Oregon by Kimberly Chadwick

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Taken in Bend, Oregon during a visit with my sister with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

Benham Falls is a scenic cascading water fall west of Lava Lands Visitor Center on the Deschutes River, or the “River of Falls” as French explorers named it. Two trails start at the parking lot. A short interpretive trail goes upstream and deals with the railroad logging industry that flourished in the Central Oregon during the first half of the 20th century. The other trail goes down stream to Benham Falls and follows the old mainline Shevlin-Hixon railroad grade.

Prior to the eruption of Lava Butte, the Deschutes River occupied a canyon (80 to 100 feet deep) from Bend to a point several mile upstream from Benham Falls.

Lava flows from the eruption of Lava Butte 7000 years ago reached the Deschutes River and filled the existing canyon from the Benham Falls area to Dillon Falls with more than 100 feet of lava and formed a dam. The river backed up to form a lake which extended south through the Sunriver Area. When the lake reached its maximum depth it spilled over a low saddle on Benham Buttes and began to cut the channel that today is known as Benham Falls.

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  • Jodie Bennett
    Jodie Bennettover 4 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Thank you very much Jodie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sherry Pundt
    Sherry Pundtover 4 years ago

    This is just beautiful! Makes you want to pull out the raft and ride the rapids.

  • It was breathtaking to hear and I couldn’t seem to capture all of it. I was so stimulated mentally as well as visually! Thank you very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Wheeeeee! Great shot – the real deal!

  • It truly was breathtaking to see as well as to hear! Thank you my friend!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous, that water is moving fast!

  • Thank you so much darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Nicely captured.

  • Thanks Trish, it was gorgeous I will say!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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