Home to over 80 Public Parks and spaces, Bend offers one of the finest park systems in the country for a town its size. Bend Parks and Rec oversees more than 3,000 acres, and over 70 miles of trails.
There are several unique parks in Bend, including the Bend Whitewater Park on the Deschutes River, which offers river bodyboarding, river surfing, whitewater kayaking, whitewater paddleboarding and tube floating opportunities. The Pavillion on Simpson Avenue offers ice skating, ice hockey, curling, roller skating, roller hockey and summer sports. Other parks offer playgrounds, fitness and swimming facilities, tennis and pickleball courts, disc golf courses, and skateboarding facilities. However you like to play or exercise, Bend offers opportunities for you.
For more information about the various parks, facilities and trail systems managed by Bend Parks and Rec, please visit their website: www.bendparksandrec.org
Outside city limits, Central Oregon offers even more. Smith Rock State Park, located 45 minutes north of Bend, is a world-renowned rock climbing meca. Hiking in the park affords spectacular views of the Crooked River, Cascade Mountains and phenomenal sunsets. Tumalo State Park is located just north of Bend and offers a campground, fishing and river floating opportunities and hiking. Go to the Oregon State Parks website at https://oregonstateparks.org/ to find your next play destination.
National Forest Recreation Areas
The Deschutes National Forest encompasses nearly 1.6 million acres and offers outdoor recreation opportunities year-round including camping, hiking, backpacking, paddleboarding, boating, mountain biking, and nordic and downhill skiing. The Newberry National Volcanic Monument highlights the volcanic features that make up Central Oregon's landscapes and includes Lava Butte and the Lava River Cave. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway provides driving access to over a dozen large lakes and reservoirs with trailheads leading to hundreds of small lakes. You'll need a NW Forest Pass to park at most trailheads. Stop by the Cascade Lakes Welcome Station and pick up your pass. ($5 a day, or $30 for an annual pass.)