Bend is located on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains, smack dab in the middle of Oregon. The two main roads into Bend are Highway 97 and Highway 20.
- 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), the closest airport, is a 25-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 completely DIFFERENT town located on the Oregon coast! If you plan to fly directly to Redmond/Bend please confirm the airport code is RDM. Portland (PDX) is the next closest airport and is accessed by most major airlines. Portland is a 3 hour drive from Bend or you can take the Bend Breeze shuttle.
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
During your guided adventure 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. See below for a list of 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
Oregon and Baja have a laid back, outdoorsy atmosphere where you can dress casually. All Cog Wild’s activities are geared towards this style, including our camping adventures. To ensure that your bring everything you will need, please see our packing list to prepare for your vacation. Baja packing list can be found here.
Accommodations in Bend
Bend has a wide variety of hotels for all budgets. For our multi day hotel based adventures, we use the Double Tree by Hilton in downtown Bend.
Here is a list of hotels that we recommend. 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. 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 around Bend is limited. Please note that campgrounds book up early, so reserve your spot well in advance.
- 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 lakeside campgrounds along the Cascade Lakes Highway west of Bend including Sparks Lake and Elk Lake.
- Dispersed camping has become very popular on the Deschutes National Forest. If you choose this option please mind your fire and your waste. Bend Parks and Recreation Juniper Pool has full showers for a small fee.
- Ramblin Vans also rents camper vans, which include cooking equipment, extra tents, bike racks and more.
Bikes For Your Tour
Learn more about Cog’s rental bikes 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.
All rentals include a helmet, water bottle cage, gloves and a water bottle to keep.
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.
Tent & Sleeping Bag Rental
Cog Wild has 2 person tents, sleeping bags (with sleeping bag liner) and sleeping pads available to rent for participants of our multi-day guided adventures. 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 so 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.
3-Day Guided Adventures
Tent – $40 per tour
Sleeping bag & sleeping pad – $40 per tour
4-Day Guided Adventures
Tent – $55 per tour
Sleeping bag & sleeping pad – $40 per tour
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!”
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. A tip of 10% to 20% of the cost of the tour is the norm. Tips can be cash, venmo, pay pal or added as gratuity through our booking platform.