How to 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 find ways to chill out. 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
  • Take note of when and where to get in/out of the river (based on your skill level and/or if you have children with you)

Depending on your style of floating, you have options:  If you want to add an adventure to your float, ride the rapids! Or, keep it mellow and exit the river before the Colorado Ave. Bridge and walk to McKay Park to re-enter the river.


Need a ride? Hop on the shuttle! The 2018 Ride Bend service is a free summer shuttle for visitors and residents that connects downtown Bend to the Old Mill District, OSU-Cascades, and Galveston Avenue.



Check out one of the many underground caves in Central Oregon, such as the Lava River Cave located near Sunriver. It’s about a mile long trek and the average temperature is 42 degrees Fahrenheit (perfect for hot days). Remember to dress warm, wear comfortable shoes, and take a flashlight.

If you’re new to the world of caving, check out local tour company, Wanderlust Tours, the only permitted guide service in Central Oregon offering experienced tour guides and opportunities to explore places not always open to the general public.




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):


Still not chill enough? This should do the trick: 




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