The Ride the Rim event scheduled for September 11 and 18 has been postponed until 2022 due to multiple factors including rising COVID-19 case rates throughout Oregon, limited availability of staff and volunteers, and ongoing unhealthy air quality from fires throughout the region.
The health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is our top priority. The National Park Service and all the partners supporting Ride the Rim look forward to the return of the event in September 2022.
The East Rim Drive will NOT be closed to automobiles on September 11 and 18 this year as originally planned, and as described below.
In 2021, the East Rim Drive will be closed to motor vehicles on the following dates:
Saturday, September 11
Saturday, September 18
The closures will be in effect from 10 pm Friday to 6 pm Saturday.
The purpose of the closure is to give bicyclists and pedestrians an opportunity to enjoy 24 miles (39 km) of scenic roadway without vehicle noise and traffic.
Please be aware that the East Rim Drive is not flat. It has steep grades and is considered a strenuous ride for bicyclists. The park does not rent bicycles, so participants will need to bring their own.
People not wishing to bike may want to find alternate days to visit the park. Many viewpoints and hiking trails will not be accessible to motorists, and the West Rim Drive will likely be congested with automobiles (and bicyclists who are riding the full loop around the lake).