Winter is another one of the best seasons in Bend. You’ve gotta be prepared for anything, because sometimes there will be Winters without any snow at all, and other Winters Bend will get enough snow for three Winters! So whether you’re heading out in shorts and a T-shirt, or bundled up like Ralphie’s brother from A Christmas Story, keep these in mind and experience a Bend Winter like a true local.

#1 – SMILE (AND WAG) AT STRANGERS ON THE TRAIL

A funny thing happens to people in Bend. The corners of their mouths tug up and their eyes start sparkling like the Deschutes River on a sunny day. Give in to the urge to grin at random strangers. Not only will folks smile back, but they’ll take you for one of their own. When you’re in Bend, you pretty much are.

 

#2 – PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT

Good visitors know it’s courteous to pack out garbage at the end of a picnic, but why not take it to the next level? Tuck a small trash bag in your day pack and pick up bits of rubbish along the trail. Now your favorite spot is just a little nicer than you found it!

 

#3 – SHOW SOME TENDERNESS TO THE TRAILS

Happy trails to all

Bend locals know we’ve got some of the top trails on earth, and we want to keep them that way. Skidding on corners or blowing out berms is sooooo not cool when you’re mountain biking, and smart cyclists keep off muddy trails so ruts don’t form. If you’re out for a hike, keep your boots moving on marked trails. Not only does it help with erosion, but it ensures you won’t end up on the six-o-clock news for getting lost in the woods.

#4 – PRACTICE PROPER POOPER ETIQUETTE

If you don’t have a dog, go borrow one, because Bend locals love their four-legged friends. Visit one of our many dog parks to see why the city was named the nation’s dog-friendliest by Dog Fancy magazine. If you’re out and about with Fido, obey the leash laws and do your duty when he does his doody. At the end of the day, buy Rover his own pint of Dawg Grog. He’s earned it.

#5 – SHARE THE ADVENTURE

Let someone else fight for the parking

Popular attractions can get crowded in Bend, but there’s an insider trick for avoiding the crunch. Catch the Mt. Bachelor Park & Ride shuttle for a chill ride to the mountain in the winter. You’ll also find plenty of bike rentals and shops if you prefer to pedal your way around BikeTown USA.