Pow! – Visit Bend is the local tourism board, well-funded and active. They have good outdoor directories and event calendars, a slick site overall.

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!

Directly south are the Lava Lands and Newberry Caldera National Monument as well as the High Desert Museum. The communities of Sunriver and La Pine are further south on hwy 97.

To Bend’s east side within an hour is mostly federal BLM land, including the vast Badlands Wilderness Area.

North of town are many recreational activities around Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, Madras, then the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

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.

Wanderlust Tours is the big name, or CogWild for mountain biking. There’s also a gimmicky flotilla of tour buses and bar pedal taxis to get you around town.


hoodoo camping oregonHoodoo manages nearly all pull-in car/rv camping in the Deschutes NF. Their map and site arehelpful!


More Attractions

…coming soon