Bend was originally called Farewell
Bend and received its name because it
was at this place that travelers over
the pioneer roads had their last view
of the river.
Bend is nearly the geographic center
of the State and is also the most populated
city in Central Oregon with a population
of 70,328. To the east you will find
high desert vegetation and to the west
Bend is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service
land. The recreational opportunities
are abundant; everything from mountain
biking, hiking, rafting, golfing, fishing,
rock climbing, camping, downhill and
cross country skiing, snowmobiling,
general sightseeing and much more.
At an elevation of 3,628 feet, Bend
enjoys the predominately dry climate
of the Great Basin. Sunny days, low
humidity and cool nights provide the
most common weather pattern.