Bend is a modest sized city in Central Oregon, through which the Deschutes River flows down from the Cascade Mountains to wind through the forests of Ponderosa Pine and sagebrush of the high desert. With that kind of natural beauty, it’s no wonder that Bend has become known as a gateway for outdoor adventure, from river rafting to running. Our guide to running in Bend, Oregon incorporates a combination of road routes and some trail running highlights.
When it comes to running in Bend, the downtown trails along the Deschutes are undoubtedly the highlight. Of course, the plentiful natural areas nearby, such as Shevlin Park, Phil’s Trail, Green Lakes, and Larkspur are a trail runner’s dream. But if you prefer road running, don’t worry — Bend has plenty of scenic streets right in town and almost every one is parallelled by a nicely kempt sidewalk. The Old Mill and Northwest Crossing neighborhoods are the urban highlights.
Bend is a smaller city, and it’s public transportation is comparative. The Cascades East Transit bus system has ten routes around town, as well as a bus to Mt. Bachelor in the winter and a “Ride the River” shuttle in summer. The city is also very bike and pedestrian friendly, so it’s easy to find your way around on your own two feet!