What We’re All About

Our Commitment to Bend

Bend is for all of us.

At Visit Bend, we believe each trail, cafe table, mountain vista, and lakeside patch of grass should be a welcoming place for everyone.

Our team cares deeply about this place we live, play, raise families, and call home. We’re passionate about caring for the wild places, this community, and sharing them with people from all walks of life.

We honor all voices and experiences, regardless of where your travels take you. No matter who you are or where you’ve roamed, we welcome you.

Commitment to Community

When you travel to Bend, we invite you to bring your very best self. At our community’s core is a warm and welcoming spirit, and each of us plays a vital role in keeping that spirit alive.

While tourism is part of a healthy economy, it’s the people who matter to us. That mom-and-pop restaurant you love will flourish with support from visitors and locals alike. Bend-based tour operators aren’t just businesses to us—they’re our friends and neighbors who thrive and can feed their families thanks to guests’ curiosity and currency.

Whether you’re staying with us one night or a lifetime, we thank you for being part of our community.

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Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We are committed to ensuring every person feels valued and accepted, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident of Bend.

At Visit Bend, we believe in welcoming all visitors regardless of age, race, creed, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or professional standing.

Whatever your journey looks like, no matter how you got here, your experience matters. We welcome you to Bend with open arms.

Commitment to Acknowledging History

While Bend is breathtakingly beautiful, there’s history that isn’t so pretty. The indigenous tribes of this region fished, hunted, and recreated on these lands for generations before any of us donned skis or dropped a kayak in the Deschutes.

That history is not lost on us, and we recognize we’re inhabiting and recreating on the traditional lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Wascoes, and Paiutes. We are working to acknowledge their experiences and their relationship to this land.

Commitment to the Environment & Sustainability

It’s up to all of us to treasure and protect these lands where we hike, bike, paddle, stroll, or simply savor the high desert sunshine.

While we recognize outdoor recreation is the reason many of us are here, it’s everyone’s responsibility to invest in our wild places and ensure they’re protected for future generations.

Visit Bend proudly partners with the following organizations:

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What Can You Do?

Interested in helping to protect and preserve Bend’s wild places? Consider make a monetary contribution to Pledge for the Wild. When you’re ready to take your next trip to bend, boost your commitment to the next level by taking The Bend Pledge.

To see Visit Bend’s mission statement, including our guiding principles, vision, and values, go here.