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Bend: Cascade Mountains Snowshoeing Tour and Bonfire

1. Bend: Cascade Mountains Snowshoeing Tour and Bonfire

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind snowshoe tour with a naturalist guide under the light of the night sky in Bend, Oregon. Cruising on snowshoes through the Cascade Mountains, wander to a hand-carved amphitheater in the snow where a crackling bonfire awaits. Your tour takes place in the area around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. Don't worry if you are new to off-trail snowshoeing as each tour starts with an introduction to the best techniques and tricks. Kicking through the snow-laden forest after dark, walk to a snow-built amphitheater. Breathe in the smell of fresh pine and sit down to a range of desserts with hazelnut espresso vodka-laced hot cocoa. Relax in the glow of the fire as your guide points out planets, stars, and constellations.

Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Kayak Tour

2. Bend: Half-Day Cascade Lakes Kayak Tour

Experience a tandem kayak lake tour and enjoy the best mountainous views in Central Oregon. Meet your local guide in the heart of Bend, Oregon. Along with the rest of your group, make your way out of town and up into the Cascade mountain lakes where your kayaking adventure begins. Receive a lesson on kayaking safety measures before climbing into your tandem sit-on-top kayak.  Navigate your way through little-known caves, bays, and wetlands with the help of your naturalist guide. Keep a look out for the otters, mink, osprey and eagles that inhabit this area, and bring a camera for the best mountain views in Central Oregon. After around 2 hours of paddling and admiring your surroundings, you'll have time for a quick dip in the lakes to cool off. Prior to leaving, take in the views of mountains Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Paulina Peak. You’ll then head back to your kayaking starting point and be driven back to Bend.

Bend: Half-Day Shoes, Brews, and Views Tour

3. Bend: Half-Day Shoes, Brews, and Views Tour

Snowshoe to a serene spot, sip suds in true Bend fashion and marvel at the inspiring views. Take part in an activity that gives you a taste of the Bend lifestyle on a which tour that will fill your spirit and mind. Put on a pair of snowshoes, then follow animal tracks in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains. Enjoy a locally crafted hopped beverage or root beer in a forest surrounded by visually splendid peaks. Embark on a tour which takes place in the shows of Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest. Benefit from instruction from your expert guide who will show you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks.

Bend: Half-Day Lava Tube Cave Tour

4. Bend: Half-Day Lava Tube Cave Tour

Journey into subterranean cave's in Bend’s pine-studded high desert on this half-day tour. Follow your naturalist guide as they highlight features of these cool caverns for you. Meet your guide and board a comfortable vehicle. Sit back and relax as you take in the countryside on the way to the caves. Venture underground into the dark and quiet caves with a high quality headlamp, a protective helmet, and a local guide. Learn about the region’s geology as your guide explains how massive volcanoes created these caverns. Uncover the role that the caves play in the wider eco-system. Admire defining features in these caverns. Let your guide show you through the natural caves which have no lights or walk-ways. Enjoy the untouched beauty of this pristine environment before heading back to the meeting point in Bend.

Oregon: Bend Badlands You-Drive ATV Adventure

5. Oregon: Bend Badlands You-Drive ATV Adventure

Drive the landscapes of central Oregon on an exciting ATV adventure. Explore the ever-changing terrain and head through the backcountry. View spectacular lava flows and spot wild life along the winding roads with amazing geologic features. Breathe in the fresh air of The Deschutes National Forest. Meet your guide at the trailhead, located just a 15-minute drive from downtown Bend. Enjoy the freedom, fun, and scenery in your very own 2021 four-seater Polaris RZR ATV. Go it alone, with the one you love, or your whole family on this exhilarating tour. Join the fast forest track and climb 1,600 feet to the summit of Fuzztail Butte. See breathtaking views of the eastern slope of the Cascades and High Desert panorama. Take in vistas of Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, The Three Sisters, Mr. Washington, Mt. Jefferson, Black Butte, and Pilot Butte in Bend. Find your way under the brush and explore an ancient lava flow hidden among the inner-forest. Encounter the perfect mix of adventure and education and create lasting memories with your group. Take advantage of the opportunity to safely thrill your senses.

From Bend: Half-Day Limited Entry Lava Cave Tour

6. From Bend: Half-Day Limited Entry Lava Cave Tour

Join a professional naturalist guide on this epic subterranean tour on Bend’s ponderosa pine-studded high desert. Learn from renowned naturalist guides who will highlight interesting bits of these cool caverns that might not initially catch the eye. Experience private caverns not accessible to the public on this 2-hour underground tour in the darkest, quietest spot earth can provide, while gaining an understanding of the region’s geology and how massive volcanoes created these wonders. See how the cave habitat provides for the creatures who live in it and be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep the mind humming with delight long after returning home with fond memories of the tour. Explore Bend’s lava caves, with their delicate ecosystem that few have experienced to the fullest. Experience these special lava caves with the only tour company permitted to operate in them, so wild they do not have a paved path or lighting. Enjoy what Mother Nature has created, a wonderfully diverse array of caves that offer a variety of experiences, with no man-made improvements put into the caves, so guests can explore the caves in their unaltered natural state.

Bend: Starlight Cave Walking Tour with Dessert and A Drink

7. Bend: Starlight Cave Walking Tour with Dessert and A Drink

Gain an understanding of the region’s geology during the 2-hour tour underground. how massive volcanoes created these wonders. Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after the adventure ends. Bend’s lava caves have a delicate ecosystem that few have experienced to the fullest. Join the only guide company permitted in these special lava caves. These caves are also wild, meaning they do not have paved paths or lighting. After caving, emerge to be treated to delectable desserts and hot cocoa with hazelnut espresso vodka if you so choose. Your naturalist guides will point out planets, stars, and constellations.

Bend: Half-Day Volcano Tour

8. Bend: Half-Day Volcano Tour

Explore the belly of an ancient volcano. At 6,300 feet, you’ll walk atop a mountain of pumice and obsidian — black volcanic glass. Explore the shores of the sparkling Paulina Lake, journey through the old-growth hemlock forest, and pass a towering lava flow. If you want to explore the lava fields near Bend, Oregon, this is the perfect tour for you. This tour highlights the amazing geological history of Central Oregon, and the natural and cultural history of the area Let your renowned naturalist guide bring this area to life for you in a way that you may never experience on your own. This volcano tour is the perfect outing for everyone in your group because it caters to all ability levels.

Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

9. Bend: Half-Day Brews & Views Canoe Tour on the Cascade Lakes

Take in the stunning views of the Cascades Lakes while sampling some of Oregon’s most celebrated artisanal beverages. After getting all geared up, you’ll head off towards the lake with your naturalist guide and get to paddling through the pristine mountain waters. Gaze out across the crystal-clear lake, situated on the foot of snow-capped peaks. All the while, taste delicious local craft beers while learning about their production. Your guide will highlight the hidden spots on these beautiful lakes that might not initially meet the eye. You will spend over 2 hours on the water exploring areas accessible exclusively by boat, including fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient volcanic activity and erosion. You can even pop into the lake for a dip if you get too toasty. After your excursion, you’ll be transferred back to the meeting point in Bend, having soaked up some of Oregon’s foremost natural beauty.

Bend: Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tour

10. Bend: Moonlight and Starlight Canoe Tour

Join in on this astounding paddle on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range. Your renowned naturalist guide will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During your 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and intrigue, you can take in an understanding of heaven’s starlight illuminating the darkness. Your guide will explain age-old stories and myths mixed with astronomy. The silence of the evening hours provides a chance to hear companions of the forest going about their evening activities. On this tour, you can enjoy the peaceful pristine waters at night on the Cascade Lakes.

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What people are saying about Bend

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 21 reviews

The lake was beautiful and the brews were perfectly suited to the vibes of the day. We had never piloted a canoe before, but under Josh's tutelage we were immediately tearing up Elk Lake.

Weather did not permit us going to the lake, so we did a kayak trip on the river and it was spectacular. The guide was excellent and the entire trip was well organized.

Jose was an informative and fun guide. Reviewed how to kayak, how to remain safe in the water and had a surprise for us half way thru the paddle. We highly recommend!

Super fun trip and great equipment. Guides were excellent and can drive to your own abilities.

Fabulous tour of unique lava tube cave, excellent guide with a wide depth of knowledge.