Bend, Oregon is known for its outdoor recreation opportunities and it’s no surprise that many people move here to take advantage of all that our beautiful city has to offer. As a local real estate broker, I have had the pleasure of helping many families find their dream home, and I know firsthand that outdoor living is a top priority for many of my clients. In this ultimate guide, I am going to share with you the best outdoor activities in Bend, as well as the neighborhoods that offer easy access to them.

Hiking: Bend has an abundance of trails for all skill levels, from easy nature walks to strenuous mountain climbs. One of the most popular hikes in Bend is the Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint, which offers a moderate hike to the top of the butte with panoramic views of the city. Another great hike is the Tumalo Falls trail, which is located just outside of Bend and offers a moderate hike to a stunning waterfall.

Mountain Biking: Bend has a world-class network of trails that range from Easy to Expert. One of the most popular biking trails in Bend is Phil’s Trail, which offers a mix of single-track and wide-open fire roads, and is great for all skill levels. Another great trail is the Deschutes River Trail, which is a paved trail that runs along the Deschutes River and offers stunning views of the Cascade Mountains.

Fishing: The Deschutes River is home to some of the best fly-fishing in the state. The river is stocked with rainbow trout, steelhead, and bass, and there are many local fishing guides who can take you out for a day on the water.

Water Sports: Stand-up paddle-boarding and kayaking are popular activities on the Deschutes River, and there are many local companies that offer rentals and guided tours. The calm waters of the Deschutes River make it a great place for both beginners and experienced paddlers.

Winter Sports: The city is home to Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, which offers over 3,600 acres of skiable terrain. The resort has something for everyone, from groomed beginner runs to steep, powder-filled chutes for expert skiers and snowboarders. Outside of mountain resorts, you can also access miles and miles of nordic trails, snowmobiling trails, and several sledding hills. Just learning? There are multiple local vendors that offer expert guiding in rentals, purchasing, and maintaining your equipment.