High Desert Challenge Course

The High Desert Challenge Course is a part of the OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County, providing guided adventure exploration and experiential learning to members of our community. The HDCC enables participants to set achievable goals, focus on solutions, and learn new strategies to problem solve and push past personal limits. We work with youth, teens, families, adults, schools, non-profits and corporate groups at our course, which is located outdoors near the OSU Extension Service on the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. The HDCC is 30' tall, and has a Catwalk, Burma ridge, Multivine, Two Line bridge, Charlie Chaplin, Railroad, and a zip line. While all challenge course elements have a certain amount of perceived risk, physical and emotional safety is always our top priority.  


What's a typical session at the HDCC like? A typical day starts with introductions, name games, a health check, stretches, icebreakers, and energizers to prepare groups to engage in challenge initiatives. Then participants proceed through challenges, on the ground, or on the high course, depending on the age and programming needs of the group. We end the day with a group discussion about the experiences. No one is ever coerced or required to do any challenge course element they choose not to do.


Want to bring a group to the HDCC? Contact us to schedule a group of up to 12 people for a 3 hour session at the course. We can occasionally schedule larger groups, depending on facilitator availability. Minimum age is 12 years old, and parental consent is required. For participants under the age of 18, a responsible adult must accompany each group on the course (participation by the accompanying adult is optional). Note: Any group bringing extra participants on the day of the program will be charged an additional fee that will be due that day, and must have a signed waiver before they will be allowed to participate. 

Want to be a volunteer facilitator? We have an incredible team of well-trained facilitators. The opening for new volunteer facilitators occurs once a year. If you are willing to attend one trainings and agree to help facilitate a minimum of four events per year, we'd love to have you on our team. Please contact Rosie Skinner at 541-548-6088  or  highdesertchallengecourse@gmail.com with questions.

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Typical Fees

Rates vary depending on the programming needs and size of the group, please contact us for price confirmation. An ideal group size is 12 people, although we can occasionally schedule larger groups.

4-H Groups: $10 / person for half day; groups up to 12 people (minimum use fee of $150)

School Groups: $20 / person for half day; groups up to 28 people* (minimum use fee of $280; max use fee of $500)

Corporate Groups: $30 / person for half day; groups up to 28 people* (minimum use fee of $400; max use fee of $800)

*For scheduling purposes, please note that larger groups will require more time than a half day.



Each participant, including accompanying staff members and/or parents, must complete and sign a waiver. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian read, sign, and date the waiver, and will need a responsible adult present. All participant waivers must be turned in by the day of the program. Participants without a signed waiver will not be allowed on the course, no exceptions.

To Book the Course

Contact us at 541-548-6088 and complete a Registration Assessment Form. Scheduling is dependent on our amazing volunteer facilitators' availability - please allow at least 4 weeks for booking. Payment is due at booking unless other arrangements are made. Cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the date of the event will result in a cancellation fee (50% of the minimum use fee).


Questions? Contact HDCC Coordinator at 541-548-6088 or  highdesertchallengecourse@gmail.com.