Bend, Oregon continues to be a top travel destination in the Pacific Northwest. The various outdoor activities are a thrill to enjoy but can be difficult to navigate for those with disabilities. Bend is full of great activities for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Here is how you can make the most of your Bend trip:
Wheelchair Friendly Hikes
Those who are wheelchair bound can still enjoy the incredible hiking trails found around Bend. Several paved hiking trails are found around the area and are safe for wheelchairs. The best spot to check out is the paved trail found right outside Sparks Lake. This 1/3-mile trail lets you get in great views and does not have too great of an incline. A wheelchair-accessible restroom is even found at the start of the trail.
Oregon Adaptive Sports
Exploring the Bend’s outdoor paradise is still possible for those with disabilities. Oregon Adaptive Sports, a local nonprofit organization that has been operating since 1996, showcases summer programs for children and adults. This program includes exciting outdoor sports including road cycling, hiking, paddling, outdoor climbing, mountain biking, and even golf and yoga. Scheduled group sessions are held throughout the summer season where visitors can attend and enjoy these exciting programs. Private sessions can also be booked and can be helpful for anyone who is trying these outdoor sports for the first time with a disability. You can find more information on their annual summer program at www.oregonadaptivesports.org.
One of the most exciting attractions for anyone with or without disabilities is the High Desert Museum. This local attraction features hands-on encounters with local wildlife and live animal shows including otters, local birds, and more. The exhibits are featured both indoor and outdoor but have plenty of paved walkways, making navigation by wheelchair easy enough. There are some steep inclines that can make it difficult going up, but the front desk can help you navigate around them.
Visit Bend Oregon
There has never been a better time to explore the majestic wilderness surrounding Bend, Oregon. To make your Bend trip a memorable one, make sure to stay in one of the many premier vacation rentals available from Bend Vacation Rentals. Our selection of privately owned properties is second to none and come with all the best amenities. Call today and let one of our professional staff help you find the perfect vacation rental for your next Bend getaway.