Those unfamiliar with the area known as Tumalo might assume there’s little to this community beyond its small, quaint downtown, which is located off Highway 20 about 10 miles northwest of Bend.
But there’s a lot to love about Tumalo (which is pronounced Tuhm-uh-low) –- especially for those who value the land. Most Tumalo residents live on acreage outside Tumalo proper. In fact, technically, Tumalo isn’t even a town (it’s a small, unincorporated community of several hundred people).
Because much of this region is zoned Exclusive Farm Use, many parcels here are 20 acres or more, which makes Tumalo a decidedly rural setting, despite the fact that it’s just minutes from Bend. Here, you’ll find a mix of farmers and ranchers, plus horse owners, folks who prefer a little breathing room and those who simply appreciate the breathtakingly scenic setting.
Many Tumalo residents have strong ties to the area, having lived — and farmed or ranched — here for years. Others are horse owners drawn here because of the area’s easy access to a variety of excellent trails. Even those who aren’t equestrians appreciate Tumalo’s proximity to the Cascade Mountains — some of the region’s most incredible mountain views are found in western Tumalo (the area is divided by Highway 20).