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Summertime Activities in Bend Oregon

Bend may be famous for its world-class skiing, but it turns into a veritable playground in the summer.  From biking to hiking to all manner of water-related pursuits, Bend is the place to be.  Here’s a brief rundown on just some of the activities that make Bend special:

Mt. Bachelor

One of the world’s premier ski locations transforms into a summer recreation hotspot when the sun comes out.  Summiting the mountain is a popular activity and there are several spots that are perfect to start from.  You can start in either of the resort’s parking lots, or you can ride the chairlift from West Village to the Pine Marten Lodge and then continue the climb to the 9,065 foot summit from there.  The chairlift is a fantastic family option, and the Lodge offers a wide variety of food for lunchtime.

Mt. Bachelor also maintains a fantastic disc golf course that is listed by the Professional Disc Golf Association.  An 18 hole course, it stretches from the Outback area to West Village and crosses a range of different terrain types.  Looking for something more out of the ordinary?  Take a summer dog sled ride with a four-time Iditarod musher!

Whitewater Rafting

Rafting the Lower Deschutes is easily one of Bend’s most famous summertime activities, and it should not be missed.  The best rapids can be found near the town of Maupin, with multiple outfitters available to take you on tours of Boxcar and Oak Springs rapids.  These Class 3 rapids will get your heart racing, and professional photographers are there to capture the most exciting moments of your trip.


Bend is one of the best cycling areas in the country, and it shows in the summertime. From the Urban Trails of Bend to the world-famous mountain biking tracks, there’s something for cyclists of every skill level.  Many companies offer a wide range of tours as well, such as the Paulina Plunge, a mountain bike tour that takes you to several amazing waterfalls and swimming holes.  Bend also is home to a variety of cycling shops and rental centers for all your biking needs.


One of Central Oregon’s defining geological features is the extensive system of lava tubes.  These caves are far underground and stay at a constant temperature of around 45 degrees, making them an excellent escape from the heat of summer.  There are upwards of 400 lava tubes in Central Oregon, many of them on public land.  Be sure to check with local tour guides to see the best spots that are unavailable to the public.  Of particular note is the Lava River Cave, the longest continuous lava tube in Central Oregon, measuring nearly 7,000 feet in length.  This is a fantastic cave for the family, as it features improved trails and handrails.

Trail Running

Bend, Oregon is home to over 50 miles of in-town trails maintained by the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation service.  This is only the beginning, however, as the surrounding countryside is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of various trails.  The volume of trails, combined with Bend’s exceptional weather, makes it one of the best places in the country to run.  It was even named “America’s Best Trail Running Town” by Outside Magazine.  One of the most popular trails in town is an 11-mile dirt trail that runs along the Deschutes River from one end of town to the other.  Also be sure to explore Shelvin Park, which boasts over 600 acres of old growth forest and Tumalo Creek.

There’s plenty to do in Bend; this list only scratches the surface.  Keep checking back on this blog for more summer guides, and be sure to check out the properties available through the Deb Tebbs Group for all your Central Oregon Real Estate needs.

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