The world is a playground in Bend
If there’s one trait most people in Bend share, it’s a passion for outdoor recreation. We play hard and there’s no shortage of ways to play.
Just look at Bend’s annual Pole Pedal Paddle race, which captures the diversity of recreation available.
Held in the spring before the snow melts in the mountains, racers start high on Mount Bachelor. They ski down, then transfer to a cross-country leg through the forest. After that, it’s a fast bike ride down the mountain to Bend. Then there’s a five-mile run to the Deschutes River where they kayak or canoe to the finish area. The race ends with a half-mile sprint.
Most people race as teams, but some very fit folk take it on solo.
Yes, skiing, biking, paddling and running form the backbone of fun for many in Bend, but that’s just the start.
Rock climbers enjoy world-class runs at Smith Rock. Fly-fishers are spoiled by gorgeous stretches of lakes and rivers full of fish. Hikers can find secluded mountain waterfalls with ease. Mountain bikers hit trails that vary from casual to nerve-wracking. Hunters can find elk and deer during the right season. Golfers swing away on any of 30 golf courses.
And getting out doesn’t have to be complicated or intense, either. Some days you just want to take it easy and maybe just go for a walk through Drake Park, spend time with the kids sledding at Wonoga Sno-Park, exploring lava fields or floating the Deschutes River through the heart of town.
The question isn’t what you can do outdoors in Bend; it’s how to find enough time to fit it all in.