Located on the Deschutes River at the base of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains, Bend Oregon’s little mountain town seems to make its way onto just about every “best adventure town” list these days. We offer up an outdoor playground that’s irresistible for everyone from powderhounds, to river lovers, scenic flight experiences, and event rugged tent camper rentals so you can go further and explore more!
Things to do in Bend, Oregon This Summer
Three to Five Day Tent Camper Adventures in Oregon
Big Mountain Adventures provides your one-stop-shop for luxury tent camper rentals. Our rugged Freespirit adventure tent trailers are backcountry built for glamping adventures of every kind. Spend mornings on the Oregon coast with freshly brewed french press coffee and gray whales playing in the surf, or marvel at our Milky Way at night in the Alvord Desert while you cook in your gourmet tent camper kitchen. Oregon is a destination of incredible landscapes and moments on the road that will leave you with tent trailer camping vacation memories to last a lifetime.
Scenic Helicopter Adventures in The Cascades – Big Mountain Heli Tours was created to showcase the very best of Bend and Central Oregon to the estimated 3 million guests who visit us each year. A helicopter tour of Bend and the cascades provides stunning views and a lifetime of memories for the whole family. Let’s fly!
Bungee Jumping Summer Fun – Peering into Crooked River Gorge isn’t for the faint of heart. Jumping down into it is pure insanity. But intrepid adrenaline junkies do just that with Central Oregon Bungee Adventures. The company offers a 250-foot plummet (on a bungee) into the gorge, which is the highest bungee jump in the entire state.
Sunset Hiking on Pilot Butte – Some of the best sunset vistas in Bend are here. For a quick sweat and spectacular scenery, it doesn’t get much better than the 2-mile loop hike up Pilot Butte—an ancient cinder cone and one of only three inactive volcanoes located within city limits in the US. Three trails offer different ways to the top, but whichever way you reach the summit, incredible mountain and desert views await. Once you’re done with this simple mountain stroll, plenty of other hiking routes are nearby, including the 7-mile Sisters Mirror Lake Loop and the easy 1-mile Sparks Lake loop.
River Rafting and Epic Summer Floats -The Deschutes River is not only geographically in the heart of Bend; it’s also embedded in the hearts of this river-loving city’s inhabitants. And water-based recreation on this river abounds. Kayak, float, or tube the river, or stop by the Bend Whitewater Park (located right in the Deschutes River) to enjoy three different channels for different types of adventure. The habitat channel offers calmer recreation and a chance to explore the environment, while the whitewater channel boasts four exciting wave features for adrenaline-packed thrills. Oh, and don’t forget about stand-up paddleboarding on this river! Back in 2014, Bend was named Outside Magazine’s “best SUP getaway”, and with a number of local outfitters that offer classes and rentals, it’s easy to get on the water.
Adventures, Tours and Summer in Bend, Oregon
Whether you choose to carve down the bikes trails at Mount Bachelor in a mountain bike, or navigate the Deschutes River in summer, or simply amble around town sampling the local brews on offer, Bend Oregon offers up a near-endless supply of fun adventures and tours. Let’s play!