Adventure is written all over this Central Oregon camping paradise in the heart of the Cascades.
Wedged between the high desert and the Cascade Mountains, Bend is one big outdoor playground. It doesn't matter where you make camp. World-class hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and skiing are right out your door. Want to stick close to Bend? Roll out your sleeping bag at Tumalo State Park. This little gem on the Deschutes River boasts riverside canyon trails, swimming holes, and excellent rainbow trout fishing. At the campground, choose from tent sites, full hookup sites, and rustic yurts. Unfortunately, this pristine spot is no secret—book early to secure your spot in the summer. Want to wake up to ponderosa pines and jagged peaks? You're in luck—Bend is a gateway to Deschutes National Forest. This mountain wilderness Spans 1.6 MILLION acres and makes jaws drop. Pitch a tent here to explore volcanic ridges, alpine lakes, and lava flows in the heart of the Cascades. Mt. Bachelor might be the crown jewel of the Deschutes Forest. The colossal volcano is a launch pad for every kind of Oregon adventure you can imagine. In the winter, downhill skiing, snow tubing, and snowshoeing are a blast. In the summer, the mountain transforms into a haven for hikers. Further, in the mountains, Scout Lake features a popular campground and sandy swimming beaches. If you want to get a closer look at the starry skies, stop into Sunriver, home of the Oregon Observatory. When it comes to staying cool, it doesn't get better than the Cascade Lakes. Paddle or cruise your boat across Elk Lake, or kick back on your hammock at a seasonal waterfront campground. Whatever your camping style, you're sure to find your dream spot near Bend. RV parks, yurts, and farmsteads complement the state parks and national forest. If you're camping close to town, be sure to check out the Urban Trail System—it's an easy way to get in some more trail time.