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Keep your cool on hot days in Bend, Oregon

Chill Out + Get Outside.

It’s warming up, folks! Summer in Bend is awesome. Gorgeous, sunny days and fresh, crisp early mornings and evenings. (Yes, a puffy coat is always in season around here.)

And, since it can get H-O-T, we highly recommend you keep it cool. Here are three things you can do to keep your cool on hot days in Bend:



Float the Deschutes River from RiverBend Park (Old Mill District) to Drake Park (Downtown Bend), surf through town via the Whitewater Park, or head to one of the many lakes around the area. There are over 12 lakes along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway! Learn more here.

Tips + Best Practices for River Floating:

  • Wear a life jacket
  • Always supervise children in and around the water
  • Use equipment intended for river recreation and avoid using pool toys or low-quality tubes
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the parks or on the river.

Depending on your style of floating, you have options:  For an in-town ‘rapids adventure’ stick with the passageway. For a more mellow time, exit the river before the Colorado Bridge and walk to McKay Park to re-enter the river.

>> More river safety tips here.



Check out one of the many underground caves in Central Oregon, like the Lava River Cave located near Sunriver. It’s about a mile long trek and the average temperature is 42 degrees Fahrenheit!

>> Learn more about the Lava River Cave here.



It’s no secret, we’ve got plenty of liquid libations in town; from beer, to cider, to kombucha, to distilled beverages.  Cruise the Bend Ale Trail, hop on the Cycle Pub, or just sit outside at one of the gazillion brewpubs around town with a cold one in hand (see interactive map below):


Need more inspo for Summer fun? This should do the trick: 


Cheers to sunny days in Bend, Oregon!


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