Biking the Infamous Bend, OR trails

Bend Oregon Camping

The best part of Bend Mountain biking was accessibility to trails. We camped in the Deschutes National Forest which is only 5 miles from Bend downtown.

NF-4610 has at least 10+ of sites on it, however about 1/4 mile in, the road gets a little sketchy but we were able to navigate (white knuckled at night) and get to our site in our 24 ft. camper with low clearance. You’ve been warned. We spent our first 4 nights in this area with our camping friends.

The second half of the trip, we camped off the following location and preferred this side because it had a lot bigger sites and was easier to access. You head out of Bend on Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway, make a left on Conklin road and then you can camp anywhere on the right side (opposite side of the river) off any of the dirt roads.

Urban Boondocking: Camping in city limits.

Bend, OR is one of the coolest cities that allows RVs to park overnight in the city limits without being ticketed. PLEASE don’t abuse this privilege and set up your chairs, run your generators after quite hours or do anything else that ruins the neighborhood and keep this city spirit alive for all future RVers.

Urban boondocking 101

Bend Mountain Biking

Julie riding Tiddlywinks

Tiddlywinks is one of the best downhills in the area in terms of man-made features, table tops, berms, jumps for almost 4 miles straight. Hang on to those bars and get ready to flow!


Julie bombing down Farewell trail with Mt. Bachelor in the background

Farewell trail was one of the most amazing long downhills with technical rock gardens and a few tight spots. You Descend 2400 feet in 4 miles… yup!

Views of the Tumalo falls from on ride back to camp.

Deschutes River Paddling

We even found an amazing 78-degree day and got our paddle gear out and got a short paddle on the Deschutes River. Oh, and another amazing thing about Bend, OR. It’s very friendly towards urban boondocking and we paddled right out of our site below. We put in at the Farewell Bend Park right out of our RV.

Deschutes River Paddle


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