There are so many secrets and ins and outs and wonderful complexities about Bend, Oregon. Did you know to look out for rattlesnakes when you hike here? Did you know snow in Bend can stick around until May? Here are a few of our top insider tips for Bend Oregon travel.
Beware of Rattlesnakes Traveling to Bend Oregon
Sorry that we added this as the first tip, but we want you to stay safe traveling to Bend Oregon. Don’t let the pine forests fool you, this is the high desert, and as such there’s plenty of safety hazards, including rattlesnakes. The small Northern Pacific Rattlesnake is native to Central Oregon.
Sisters is a small town just north of Bend. It’s got a population of just under 3,000 and it’s as cute as you’d expect. The main street, right along Highway 20, is designed like an old western town. There are saloons, a boutique shop, a leather goods store and more. You’ll love the old western charm. The landscape is just as beautiful. There is a lot of fishing, hiking, mountain biking and backpacking opportunities around Sisters.
One of our biggest Bend Oregon travel tips is don’t miss the Sisters Folk Festival in September. It’s widely renowned and a ton of fun. We recommend eating at the Depot Cafe, admiring the artwork at Raven Makes Gallery and browsing the books at Paulina Springs Books. While you’re at, stop in for some homemade fudge at Sisters Cascade of Gifts.
Snow comes early and stays late in the high desert. So plan accordingly. If you’re planning on hiking or backpacking, call local ranger stations to check on trail statuses. Don’t be surprised to find that there’s snow on some of the most highly trafficked paths as late as May. Winter in Bend can bring up to 40 inches of snow.
Spring Snow Sports
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.
Don’t let rattlesnakes and snow keep you from coming to Bend. It really is one of the best places to visit in the Pacific Northwest and, we think, the world. This piece of high desert is rife with opportunities for fun and relaxation. Call us to book your vacation rental and for more tips of traveling to Bend Oregon!