Bend is located on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, smack dab in the middle of Oregon (if looking on a map). Hwy 97 and Hwy 20 are the two main roads to access Bend. Speed limit on both is 55mph.
- Portland to Bend: 175 miles
- San Francisco to Bend: 490 miles
- Boise to Bend: 315 miles
- Salt Lake City to Bend: 650 miles
Redmond/Bend (RDM) is the local airport and is a 20-minute drive from downtown Bend. Alaska Airlines/Horizon, United Airlines and Delta all have direct flights from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Salt Lake City.
Note: North Bend is a DIFFERENT town in Oregon and is not near Bend! If you plan to fly straight to Redmond/Bend please confirm the airport code is RDM. Portland (PDX) is the next closest airport and is accessed by most major airlines.
It is a 3 hour drive to Bend or you can take the Bend Breeze (tickets are $52 one way & $95 roundtrip). More info can be found at: www.cobreeze.com.
Airport Shuttle to Bend
You will need to arrange for transportation to Bend (15 miles). We recommend:
- Enviro Shuttle – 541-598-5384 – http://www.enviroshuttle.net/
- Redmond Airport Shuttle – 541-382-1687 – www.redmondairportshuttle.net (good if you have bike boxes or a large group of people)
- Bend Breeze Airport Shuttle from Portland – www.cobreeze.com , 800-847-0157
- The Bike Concierge will transport up to 10ppl and 14 bikes from Portland area, including the airport – 503-314-6095
During your tour with Cog Wild, you will not need a car. If you plan to come early, stay late or drive from Portland, having your own transportation can be helpful. These are the national companies that rent in the Bend area. We recommend calling the Bend or the Portland airport if you are renting there, they have better prices than online.
- Avis – 541-923-3750; Toll-free: 1-800-331-7423.
- Budget – 541-923-0699; Toll-free: 1-800-255-5520.
- Hertz – 541-923-1411; Toll-free: 1-800-654-3131.
- National – 541-548-0650; Toll-free: 1-800-227-7368.
What to Bring
Bend, Hood River and Baja all have a laid back, casual atmosphere where you can dress casually. All Cog Wild tours are geared towards this style, including our camping tours. To ensure nothing important is left at home, we recommend using our packing list to prepare for your vacation. Baja packing list can be found here.
Cog Wild has 2 person tents, sleeping bags (with sleeping bag liner) and sleeping pads available for our camping tours to rent. If a tent is being shared between two people, the price will be shared. A month before your tour we will send you a survey to fill out, at this point you can let us know if you need to rent equipment. Please contact us directly if you need to add a rental after filling out your survey.
Tent – $40 per tour
Sleeping bag & sleeping pad – $40 per tour
Tent – $55 per tour
Sleeping bag & sleeping pad – $40 per tour
Accommodations in Bend
Bend has a wide variety of hotels to choose from for any budget. For our hotel tours, we have chosen the Double Tree by Hilton in downtown Bend.
For those who will be staying in Bend longer than your trip with Cog Wild, here is a list of hotel we suggest. Look at Visit Bend’s website for the full list of options.
- Double Tree by Hilton. 541-317-9292 This is the hotel we use for our hotel based multi-day tours. Right in downtown Bend, walking distance to breweries, bars and many restaurants. They have bike storage and offer basic breakfast at the hotel.
- Wall Street Suites 541.706.9006 Brand new and awesome! Walk to downtown, many rooms have a kitchen and the motel is dog friendly! Fire pits outside.
- The Mill Inn 541-389-9198 An eclectic and mountain biker friendly B&B, walking distance to downtown, short ride to our office and very close to the river and highway. Comes with an amazing breakfast!
- Bend Riverside Motel 800-284-2363 Very close to downtown. Right on the river, there is an indoor pool on the grounds. If you don’t mind the sound of rushing water, request a room overlooking the river. Rooms have kitchenettes. Very affordable.
- Oxford Hotel 541-382-8436 The newest hotel in downtown Bend, it is super eco-friendly, swanky and lots of fun to stay at!
- McMenamins Old St. Francis School 541-382-5174 This converted Catholic school is where the action is. There is a movie theater that serves food & beer, a brew pub/restaurant, Turkish soaking bath, Cigar Bar and more. They are also located right downtown and have standard hotel rooms as well as entire houses for rent.
- The Best Western 541-385-1515 Many guests stay here who are looking for a cheaper option. The rooms are quiet and you can walk easily to downtown from the hotel.
- Mt. Bachelor Village 800-452-9846 Has hotel rooms and condos, a pool and tennis courts. Great resorty place if coming with family or friends. A short walk to the Old Mill for restaurants and a short drive/bike ride to downtown.
- Pine Ridge Inn 800-600-4095 Owned by mountain bikers! Very close to Cog Wild’s office and the trails. Not walking distance to downtown, but a short bike ride to those locactions.
There are many rental home options in Bend. Most are pet friendly and have hot tubs. We recommend staying on the Westside of town, which is near the trails and downtown. Please see the full list of rental homes available in Bend on Visit Bend’s website, here are a few we recommend:
- Alpenglow Vacation Rentals – owned by a local mountain biker. Many Westside locations.
- Bend Vacation Rentals – also local mountain bikers. Many Westside locations.
- Bend Dutch Rentals – tons of options, check out the map for exact house locations!
- Lavabelles Vacation Rentals – many downtown locations.
- Vacasa Vacation Rentals – great if you are looking for Sunriver or Sisters, also has listings in Bend.
Camping is an option around the Bend area if you prefer to spend more time in the woods. Please note that campgrounds can get full during the peak of summer.
- Tumalo State Park is the only full service campground that is open the entire biking season. It is 6 miles north of Bend and a similar distance to the trails.
- During the later summer/fall months, there are many campgrounds to be found on Cascade Lakes Highway with limited services, but in beautiful locations.
- You can also camp near Phil’s Trailhead, on the Deschutes National Forest if you don’t mind the lack of services or amenities. Bend’s Park and Rec Fitness facility has full showers for a small fee.
- Ramblin Vans also rents camper vans, which include cooking equipment, extra tents, bike racks and more. Fly here and camp!
Booking Your Tour
Day tour guests - visit our day tour pages. The more advance notice the better as our day tours do fill up.
A 50% deposit is required to reserve your space on a multi-day Cog Wild vacation (minimum of $250). This can be paid by credit card (or you can mail us a check). Once your deposit is taken, we will send you an invoice showing balance due and the tour you are confirmed for.
The remaining balance for your multi-day tour is due 60 days prior to the start of the tour. Cog Wild will contact you ahead of time to let you know we will be charging your credit card or to remind you to mail a check. Any bike or tent rentals, hotel rooms or additional charges will be charged the week of your tour.
We realize guests occasionally have to cancel a reservation. Cog Wild tries to accommodate as many situations as possible; but we follow our cancellation policy to protect our ability to run tours and to maintain our price structures. We recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment. Please review our cancellation policies below:
One-Day Tours & Shuttles:
Cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to the tour date will be charged a $25 per person processing fee. Any cancellations received within 48 hours of tour date or no-shows are not eligible for a refund. Tours go rain or shine. Weather is not a reason to cancel a tour.
The below policy is followed for every multi-day tour guest:
- Cancel 61 or more days before your trip: $75 cancellation fee.
- Cancel 60 to 45 days before: $250 cancellation fee.
- Cancel 44 to 14 days before: The participant will be required to pay 50% of trip price.
- Cancel within 14 days: No refund.
Note: In most cases can transfer to another tour at least 2 weeks in advance (with the exception of the Baja Vacation, Multi-Day Tours and Skills Clinics.) If transferring tours to next year, transfer is good for the following year only. Personal emergencies do not void cancellation policy and tours go rain or shine. Travel insurance that covers trip cancellation as well as trip interruption is highly recommended. If we are able to re-sell your spot on a tour, we will refund you the full tour amount minus $75 handling fee.
Bikes For Your Tour
Cog Wild offers an extensive list of rental bikes. Choose from our fleet or any bike shop in Bend’s rental fleet. The list is available here. Please contact us ahead of time to make your reservation. Please note some bikes will include a pick-up/drop off fee for Cog Wild to go to the bike shop and get your bike. If you don’t know what to rent, we can make some suggestions.
We will have your bike ready to go the morning of your first tour and will return it to the bike shop once your tour is finished.
All rentals include a helmet, water bottle cage, gloves and a water bottle to keep. Guests are encouraged to bring your own pedals if you plan to ride clipless with your riding shoes.
Note: There is no sales tax in Bend and many riders take advantage of this to purchase your rental bike after your tour is over. Talk to us for details.
Shipping Your Bike
You can ship your bike directly to Cog Wild and we will re-assemble it so it’s ready for you and your tour. When it is time to go home, Cog Wild will re-pack it, put your shipping label on the box and ship it home to you.
The cost of this service is $100, which does not include shipping either direction. Please let us know a few weeks ahead of your tour and plan to have your bike no more than a week but no less than three days before your tour starts.
Print out this form and include it with your bike, preferable taped to the handlebars.
Take care of your bike shipping details and payment very easily through Bikeflights.com. use the code COGWILD for discounts on bike cases or packing tools.
Cog Wild highly recommends purchasing travel insurance for your trip. It is very affordable and covers most fees if you have to cancel your trip for any reason, lost baggage, medical emergencies and broken equipment. We have partnered with Travel Guard to offer Adventure Trip Insurance. Note: If you sign up for Trip Insurance within 15 days of booking your tour with Cog Wild you will receive additional coverage for the same price!
Click here to be taken directly to purchase Trip Insurance online.
It is extremely important to start your vacation with Cog Wild in bike riding shape. Cog Wild will customize the route based on your fitness but we want to make sure you enjoy your vacation as much as possible and being ready to ride is key! Please read the below suggestions. If your tour is geared towards more advanced riding, please be ready for the challenge:
- Leading up to your tour or time in Central Oregon, try to ride 2 days a week. These rides should be the same or similar to the distances and time you will spend on your bike while on tour.
- If you can do two full days of riding at home and feel comfortable about a third day, you should be fine – but keep riding: Central Oregon is at 3,600 feet above sea level so riding here will be more difficult if you are coming from an area at a lower elevation.
- If you don’t think you are ready for your tour and can’t get on a bike as much as you would prefer, we recommend going running, doing yoga or other cross-fit exercise that will get you ready.
Central Oregon weather changes all the time. We recommend checking the weather prior to your tour to ensure you bring the correct clothing. This goes along with the says: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”
Interested in a massage while in Bend? We highly recommend Action Dynamix, offering high quality Sports, Deep Tissue, and Therapeutic Massage. You can contact them directly to coordinate massage for yourself or your entire group of friends!
If you like the ride – tip your guide! Gratuity is not mandatory, but very much appreciated by your guides as a way to say thank you for a wonderful trip. The amount you should tip should be whatever you’re comfortable with. A tip of 10% to 20% of the cost of the tour is in the normal range. Remember to have cash on hand at the end of your tour for tipping.