Things to do outdoors
Go explore. The Deschutes National Forest is enormous – over 1.6 million acres, mostly west of town amid the Cascade Range – including 5 Wilderness Areas, and 6 Wild and Scenic Rivers. You need a $5 permit to park at many trailheads, but access is public. Be respectful to the natural world, leave no trace, and go adventure!
To Bend’s east side within an hour is mostly federal BLM land, including the vast Badlands Wilderness Area.
Pay someone to enjoy the outdoors
A guided adventure can have benefits, especially when it requires equipment and logistics you’d otherwise never own or be able to organize easily.
Hoodoo manages nearly all pull-in car/rv camping in the Deschutes NF. Their map and site arehelpful!