When’s the best time to visit Bend? Anytime. That doesn’t make choosing when to go any easier, but it should assure you that there’s something to enjoy every season.
As with any town in winter, this is the best time to visit if you’re coming for winter sports. Winter brings snow early, and it can stick around for up to eight months. With so much snow in town, you know the powder on the mountains is going to be killer.
For any snow sports, look no further than Mount Bachelor. The resort is just 30 minutes away. You can ride 360-degrees off the summit and run down the adjoining cinder cone. The mountain is known for its light, dry snow and for being family friendly.
Summers here are gorgeous and a great time to visit Bend. They’re hot but not scorching. Summers here can reach into the mid-80s. The sky is always clear, and the mountain air stays crisp and never humid.
Summer is a great time to learn new sports, from rock climbing to standup paddleboarding. Don’t miss spending a relaxed day floating the Deschutes.
Summer also brings out tons of Bend, Oregon things to do. The Bend Brew Fest is in August. At the festival, you can taste hundreds of local beers, eat good food and hangout with great people during Bend’s summer prime. In late August, there’s the Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival. This year the festival featured Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and more.
Spring is for beer, wildflowers and cheap skiing. Winter can get a little crowded on Mount Bachelor, so consider springtime skiing. Because the snows can stick around for several months, it often sticks around longer than the crowds. A spring season pass can cost less than $200.
Summer isn’t the only time to visit a great brewfest. Don’t miss Central Oregon Beer Week in mid-May, a whole week of sipping some of the region’s best brews, eating and listening to live music.
The wildflowers are blooming on the trails in spring—see them at lower elevation.
Bend Oregon Things to Do In Fall
Fall is a beautiful time to do some leaf peeping along the Deschutes River Trail and at Smith Rock, Shevlin Park and the beautiful Drake Park in downtown Bend. Fall also brings great golfing. A heavy stout pairs great with leap peeping and golfing, and in Bend, you can have all three. IPAs are gone with the summer. Hello dark beers!
With so many fun opportunities in Bend, it can be hard to choose when it’s best for you to visit. Call a representative today to book your vacation rental and to learn more about Bend, Oregon things to do.