Central Oregon is home to summer adventures, things to do, and fun summer tours in Bend, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Prineville, and more. Start your vacation planning this week and get ready this summer for outdoor adventures for the whole family including paddling, hiking, cycling, helicopter golfing and scenic helicopter tours. Let’s play!
Visit Bend, Oregon
Our little mountain town of Bend was voted the “Best Multisport Town” in 2017. For the regular visitor, there’s a galaxy of events and things to do for every taste and summer desire. Big Mountain Heli Tours offers the best way to experience all of Central oregon Oregon from the air with scenic flights, wine tasting tours and even helicopter golfing in the high desert. Take a lazy float down the Deschutes River through Bend’s Old Mill District or join hikers as they discover sixty-three miles of urban trails, including the Deschutes River Trail. Bend boasts over eighty-two parks and open spaces in town and your favorite sidekick will appreciate the off-leash areas in many local parks.
Bend Summer Bike Mania
Bend’s extensive network of perfectly maintained trails makes our little slice of Oregon a mountain bike mecca for kickers of dust from Portland to California. The town was ahead of the trail-building curve, and trails have been in the works since the ’80s. There are a ton of places you can ride to right from town. Check out Phil’s Trailhead to the southwest, which has endless loops of trails that wind through ponderosa forests. You could pedal all day and not ride the same stretch of trail twice.
Summer Concerts at Les Schwab
Bend’s incredible outdoor music venue is right along the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District. Every spring and summer it hosts amazing music acts. View the calendar on the venue’s website for the most up to date artists and ticket availability and book early. Local Tip: There’s always a few last minute tickets at the gate, just look for someone with a big smile waving a ticket in the air!
SUP On a Local Lake
Once spring arrives the SUP opportunities burst wide open. A short drive up Cascade Lakes Highway just a few miles past Mt. Bachelor spring-fed Sparks Lake beckons. The early morning glass of the water is often joined by consistent light breezes by afternoon. The light wind powered us across the lake accompanied by the lapping of water on our boards. With views of rugged volcanic rock, snow capped South Sister and the rugged forested shoreline the experience is one you will certainly enjoy trying for yourself. For the bold – why not try “boardpacking?” Simply load your backpacking gear into a dry bag, lash it to your SUP board and take off to any of dozens of beach and rocky campsites around Sparks Lake. Full moon nights and blazing sunsets will be your reward. Let’s fly!