Take Time to Get Outside

In and around Bend, Oregon there is no shortage of picturesque spots to free yourself from your thoughts and recharge your batteries. Walking and hiking is an easy way to take time out and be at one with nature. The link between nature and mental health is too often forgotten.  We are so strongly influenced by the weather and the landscape that researchers have suggested that access to green space relates to lower levels of stress and good physical health. Sometimes an escape to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit is just what the doctor ordered.

There’s something invigorating about Bend, Oregon that hits you the moment you step outside your door each day.  With its enchanting scenery and crisp air it’s easy to see why Bend is one of Oregon’s most breathtaking spots to reconnect with nature.  Whether it’s a serene lakeside stroll or more of a challenging trek you’re after, we have included some of our favorite spots in and around the Bend area.

For a short hike in town, Pilot Butte (a cinder cone) offers an incredible scenic view in any season. It’s a short 3/4 mile hike up on a dirt trail or a 1-mile hike up on the road.

Pilot Butte

If it’s a challenge you’re after, try hiking or snowshoeing up Tumalo Mountain near Mt. Bachelor. Demanding as it is, the spectacular views of Mt. Bachelor, Three Sisters and Broken Top mountains are well worth it.

Tumalo Mtn

Pack a picnic and take a drive to Smith Rock State Park – about a 40 minute drive north of Bend. Unusual rock formations make it a rock climber’s paradise. A trail winds along the bottom of the rocky cliffs, and the steep Misery Ridge Trail takes you from the bottom to the top of the ridge with spectacular views of the Crooked River and Cascade Mountain Range in the distance.

smith rock

If you have time, head northwest of Bend – about 90 minutes away – to Breitenbush Hot Springs to complete your outdoor experience.


There are many more scenic walking and hiking opportunities in and around the Bend area. Go to our Camping & Backpacking page to find out more, and remember to take time to get outside!


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