The Best Photography in Bend

Looking for the best photography in Bend? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Bend. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Bend

  • Bend, Oregon

    Pilot Butte

    3.8
    1.85 mi / 433 ft gain
    Get stunning views overlooking Bend. This ~2 mile roundtrip hike is in the middle of town and is easily accessible as a quick before or after work adventure. If you head up there later in the day, you'll be rewarded with sunset views over the Cascade Mountains. This trail offers easy parking at ...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Hike Bessie Butte

    4.4
    1.5 mi / 500 ft gain
    Just a mere 15 minutes outside of Bend, Oregon the Bessie Butte Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike to overlook Bend on one side and the Deschutes National Forest on the other. The butte provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountains of which there are many: Mount Bachelor, The South Sist...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Boyd Cave

    5.0
    0.69 mi / 66 ft gain
    Located 20 miles southeast of Bend, Boyd Cave is a well preserved lava tube stretching close to a mile. To get there, take Highway 97 South through Bend and turn left on China Hat Road. Go straight for exactly 9 miles. Turn left at mile 9 onto the trail at FS242. You will know it has been 9 miles...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Bike or Hike The Deschutes River Trail

    22 mi / 1280 ft gain
    The Deschutes River Trail is a must do mountain bike ride or hike in between Sunriver and Bend, Oregon. The river varies from calm water to waterfalls. The trail follows along the river and goes through pine forests, meadows, and lava flows. Most of the single track is smooth with a few more tech...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Tumalo Falls

    4.3
    0.42 mi / 62 ft gain
    The viewpoint is only footsteps from the parking area, and gives the best view of the 89-foot falls. A half mile trail leads visitors up to the upper viewpoint, right next to the falls. From there, Middle Tumalo Falls is around one and a quarter miles up the trail and Happy Valley is around three...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Snowshoe or XC Ski to Tumalo Falls

    3.0
    5 mi / 500 ft gain
    If you are looking to Hike to Tumalo Falls in any season other than winter, click here!In the summer, Tumalo Falls can be a great destination to drive up and hang out due to the fact that you can park near the base of the falls. Because of this, it can get quite crowded! However, in the winter, t...
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  • Arnold Ice Cave, Oregon

    Explore Arnold Ice Caves

    4.0
    0.8 mi / 40 ft gain
    ...Deep in the central Oregon Forest is a cave that is surrounded by Juniper Trees, Ponderosa Pines and the landscape of a secret volcanic underground world! This short hike is located roughly 12 miles East of Bend, and makes for an epic adventure for all to enjoy. A little history on the cave......
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Hike Tam McArthur Rim Trail

    5.0
    5.2 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Tam McArthur Rim Trail is a day hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness that will have you gaining about 1,500' of elevation for beautiful views of Three Creek Lake and the surrounding Three Sisters Mountains. On a clear day you can also catch a peak of Mt. Bachelor Ski Area.  The trail is less ...
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  • Deschutes County, Oregon

    Broken Top Trail to No Name Lake

    4.7
    4.84 mi / 1198 ft gain
    The hike takes you along a glacial lake and to unbeatable mountain views at the end. It’s a hidden gem! The trail isn’t marked and the best way to get there is know someone that’s been before. The lake is unbelievably beautiful with deep blue glacial water and the view of the mountains at the end...
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  • Deschutes County, Oregon

    Basecamp at Green Lakes

    5.0
    8.5 mi
    This 8.5 mile roundtrip hike to Green Lakes basecamp gains elevation gradually as it meanders along beautiful Fall Creek with numerous small cascades. Depending on the season (expect significant snow on the trail through early-to-mid June) the stark contrast of the snow with creek is beautiful, t...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Tumalo Mountain Trail

    4.6
    There is an official trail to the summit that begins just North of the Dutchman Flat Sno-Park parking area. The trail is signed and states 1.5 miles to the summit. When there is snow on the ground, you will not see the the official trail. You will need snowshoes or skins, but you just head straig...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Sunrise Hike at Tumalo Mountain

    5.0
    3.6 mi / 1300 ft gain
    Start by parking at Dutchman Flat Sno-Park, which is located just opposite to the base area at Mt. Bachelor. If you're doing this adventure during the summer, late spring, or early autumn you should be able to follow the Tumalo Mountain hiking trail all the way to the top. However, if you're visi...
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  • Bend, Oregon

    Camp at Todd Lake

    4.0
    Todd Lake is a beautiful yet small lake just 24 miles West of Bend. Its location is perfect for accessing Broken Top Mountain, and even better for the view of Mount Bachelor.Spend a day at Todd Lake and enjoy fishing (mostly rainbow trout), swimming, and free access to three different locations o...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    Mountain Bike the Peterson Ridge Trail

    16.1 mi / 1167 ft gain
    Bend, Oregon has a deserved reputation as one of the top mountain bike destinations in the country. Unless you are from the area, you might not be familiar with nearby Sisters. Sisters is a sleepy western-themed town of 3,000 better known for it's annual rodeo and quilt festival but the locals ha...
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  • Deschutes County, Oregon

    Chush Falls

    3.3
    5.75 mi / 823 ft gain
    Just outside of Sisters, Oregon, near Bend, is a beautiful hike to a picturesque waterfall. It is rarely crowded thanks (and no thanks) to the Pole Creek Fire, which ravaged the area several years ago. Because of the fire, the hike and landscape have been drastically altered. What used to be a 2-...
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  • Sisters, Oregon

    The Sisters to Smith Rock Ride

    5.0
    36.6 mi / 597 ft gain
    Starting in the "Old West" town of Sisters, Oregon and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside the small town of Terrebonne, this route takes riders past a variety of historical sites, shows the gentle curves of the Deschutes River and frames spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, and ends w...
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