Just a short drive from Black Butte Ranch is the outdoor playground of the West: Bend, Oregon. Bend is a hotspot for travelers for a multitude of reasons. Phenomenal hiking trails and a historic and culture-rich part of town together with a blossoming craft beer scene makes it more than just a pit stop. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or with kids, Bend provides an ideal Oregon experience.
Free Things to Do in Bend Oregon
Traveling costs can add up quickly while you’re on vacation. Luckily, with the varied outdoor pursuits available, you can have a good time without spending a dime. The city of Bend itself has over 51 miles of in-town trails. Among one of the more prominent trails is the Deschutes River Trail at Sawyer Park. It is accessible to all skill levels of hikers and runs along the Deschutes River, where you are bound to get a glimpse of the wildlife. If you want the best views in all of Bend, hike to the summit of Pilot Butte. From the top, enjoy stunning panoramic views of several mountains including a shield volcano—Three Fingered Jack. You may forget the hike was free with these priceless views!
Around the Bend
Visit the most historic part of Bend at the Old Mill District. Whether you are in town for the weekend or on vacation with kids, Old Mill District has something for everyone. Beautiful murals can be found just on a stroll through the area as well as a handful of art galleries where local artists display their work. With kids, rent a Surrey bike from Wheel Fun Rentals, or attend one of the many arts and crafts events put on by Bend Parks & Recreation. At night, head to the Les Schwab Amphitheater to experience a fun concert in a unique venue. Before you leave town, make sure to stop at the top beer spot in town at Deschutes Brewery, and grab one of their nationally recognized beers fresh from the tap!
Black Butte to Bend
Here at Black Butte Ranch, we offer the authentic Oregon experience. Outdoor adventures up in the mountains with horseback riding and biking, along with our spa, make for an exciting Oregon adventure. So if you’re here for a weekend or even just the night, trek down to Bend and get a taste of the outdoor playground of the West for yourself!