Looking for fun things to do in Bend? Outdoor activities make up a huge portion of the appeal Bend has for visitors. Winter activities like skiing, sledding, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, fall activities that involve hiking and jogging, summer fun that includes swimming, boating, and fishing, and some activities that can be performed at any times throughout the year, like mountain biking (switch to fat tire biking in the winter) make Bend a top-tier destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Off-road driving always appeals to the thrill-seeking adventurers that seem to find their way to our hometown year after year, and if you’re one of those adventurous types who think off-road driving would be of interest to you, here’s a list of the top off-road driving trails in Bend. Have fun off roading in Oregon!
Edison Butte OHV Trail System
This free trail system is about 25 miles long and is open to all types of off road vehicles. Motorcycles, quads, jeeps, and ATVs under 80 inches in width can experience the joy of off-roading in a rocky terrain that involves lava ridges for extra excitement! Located off the Cascade Lakes Highway and Forest Road 45 about 19.1 miles west of Bend, there is a vault toilet located in the Edison Trailhead Parking Area, but no water is provided, so be sure to bring your own. This rugged trail is only open from April 1st through November 30th, as snow and ice makes it too dangerous during the deep winter. Because of the remoteness of the area, be sure to be careful and pack a first aid kit; we don’t want your Bend vacation ruined because of an unexpected injury!
Edison Butte Sno-Park/Staging Area/Trailhead
Because your off roading in Oregon adventure doesn’t have to end at the sight of the first snowflake, the trailhead located in the same area as the OHV Trail System provides access to snowmobile trails when the OHV Trail System is closed to all other vehicles. Rent a snowmobile from Central Oregon Rentals at 63026 Plateau Drive, or, if you really want to get crazy, rent a snowbike; they look like dirt bikes, but instead of wheels, they have chains on the back and a ski attachment on the front. Get one from Cascade Snowbike at 20409 Trap Court and start exploring the trails you can find along the way.
Finish Your Day Right
All these off roading in Oregon adventures will probably make you eager to get home to your charmingly rustic Bend Vacation Rentals cozy cabin, and we don’t blame you. Soak tired muscles in a hot tub if you have one, or in one of our deep tubs if you don’t. Pour yourself an ice-cold craft beer you purchased from one of the many craft breweries in the area, and simply enjoy a few moments of quiet peace that our Bend Vacation Rentals are famous for. Reserve yours today!