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A passion for recreation
is what brings many people to Bend, Oregon. Located in the high
desert of central Oregon, Bend is famous for its many forms of
outdoor recreation. Kayakers and rafters shoot through the exciting
triple waterfalls of the Deschutes River. The Deschutes, Metolius
and Crooked Rivers also offer fantastic fly fishing, with more
than 500 miles of streams and rivers stocked with trout and steelhead.
Golfers have over 20 top-rated courses nearby, offering every
kind of golf challenge. Mountain bike cyclists can choose off
road riding in uncrowded lush forests, high mountain peaks, lava
fields or desert.
Mt. Bachelor's ten alpine lifts, six of them high speed, give
skiers 3,683 skiable acres of slopes, with 1,600 acres groomed
daily. Parks and pipes for snowboarders are a priority, making
Mt. Bachelor one of Oregon's premier snowboarding areas. Cross
country skiing on the 56 kilometers of trails on Mt. Bachelor
is a popular winter sport. Snowmobilers have 560 miles of groomed
trails to choose from in the Deschutes National Forest, with 175
miles of that in the Bend District. Snowtubing, snowshoeing and
sled dog rides are also exciting and memorable activities for
World class rock climbing and miles of hiking trails at Smith
Rock State Park makes it a popular retreat for climbers and hikers.
Backcountry hikers and campers head into the solitude of the Three
Sisters Wilderness, while others take a hike in the more than
2.5 million acres of national forests in the Bend area. Parks
and picnicking abound in and around Bend. Almost all of the parks,
lakes and rivers in the area have picnic areas. Bend has recreation
fun for everyone!
Walking, shopping or dining in historic
downtown Bend enhances your recreational experience. Drake Park's
Mirror Pond, the jewel of downtown Bend, is a small lake with
ducks, Canadian geese, and a pair of swans from Queen Elizabeth's
royal swannery in England. The wide stretches of green grass provide
a restful counterpoint to the old brick and masonry buildings
that compose Bend's business area. Galleries, restaurants, outdoor
eateries, boutiques and specialty shops are all within easy walking
distance. Farther from the downtown area, the Old Mill District,
located on a site previously used for lumber mills, features upscale
shopping, trendy restaurants and an outdoor amphitheater which
is used for summer concerts. A selection of shopping malls and
factory outlet shopping is available in the areas outlying Bend.
For a panoramic view of Bend and the volcanic
peaks around it, take a walk or a drive to the top of Pilot Butte.
From this 511 feet high volcanic cindercone, you can see a vista
of the high desert region, including nine snowcapped Cascade peaks.
A few of the peaks you'll see are the Three Sisters, Broken Top
Mountain and Mt. Jefferson. An even finer view can be found at
the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This monument stretches
from Paulina Peak to the Deschutes River and includes hiking trails,
lava formations, obsidian fields, and waterfalls, as well as incredible
scenery. Also in the Newberry Monument area is the 18 square mile
Newberry Crater, which includes Paulina and East lakes, two of
Oregon's best mountain fishing lakes.
Spelunking, also called caving, in the
lava tubes at Skeleton Cave, Arnold Ice Caves or Lava River Caves
will show you how the underground half lives. Lava River Cave,
Oregon's longest continuous lava tube, is a good beginner cave
for families to explore. Geocachers can look for the Earthcache
located at this site. All cavers should bring their own light,
and wear warm clothing and boots - the cave temperature is approximately
No one can accomplish all there is to do
in Bend in one visit. Choose a few of the many opportunities waiting
for you, and then, plan what you will do on your next trip to
this recreation mecca.