5 Reasons to Love Bend, Oregon Tours and Adventures

A major part of Bend, Oregon‘s outdoor appeal is simply its proximity to a wide variety of outdoor opportunities like helicopter tours over snow-capped mountains. Time in Bend is best spent bouncing between natural and urban playgrounds, where you’ll find your days full of wonder and enjoyment. This is not a place for distracting attractions, it’s a place to explore, play and treat yourself right.

Mount Bachelor Adventures

It’s not the biggest mountain on the horizon, but Mount Bachelor is certainly the most active. In winter, the resort on the mountain offers skiing, tubing, dog sledding, and snowshoeing. In summer months, it’s home to mountain biking, hiking, disc golf and scenic rides on the chairlift. Go up and play or enjoy the mountain from afar.

Helicopter Tours and Adventures

Big Mountain Helicopters offers unique air tours and trips throughout the year from Bend and Sunriver. We also specialize in private tours and charters from Brasada Ranch, Pronghorn Resort, and Tetherow featuring wedding flights by helicopter and things to do in and around Central Oregon. Our small group tours take you away from crowds to experience private vineyards, ranches and off the beaten path destinations that you can only experience by helicopter.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

There are few volcanic sites in Oregon as spectacular as the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The cone of the shield volcano collapsed about 500,000 years ago, allowing two lakes to form in the resulting caldera. Nearby is the spectacular Big Obsidian Flow, which you can explore by foot or see from above, atop Paulina Peak. Two visitor centers are worth visiting (though they’re only open seasonally) and down the slopes a way is the expansive Lava River Cave.

Tumalo Falls Hiking

The 89-foot Tumalo Falls is a popular destination, found just west of town. A short trail leads to several viewpoints along the way, offering great looks at the beautiful waterfall. You can also follow the trail farther along Tumalo Creek, leading to the smaller Bridge Creek Falls.

Beer Adventures

Let’s get this one out of the way. Bend’s beer scene is second only to Portland’s, and Little Beervana has more good brew than you could possibly hope to consume during a casual visit. During my recent three-day stay I stopped by Bend BrewingSunriver Brewing CompanyCrux Fermentation ProjectWorthy Brewing and Boneyard Beer. If I had the time (and my kidneys agreed to it) I would have included Deschutes, GoodLife and 10 Barrel too.