Deschutes National Forest Guide

The Pacific Northwest is known for coffee, rain, and Bigfoot. You're sure to find the first two and maybe glimpse the third in the Deschutes National Forest. Located in central Oregon just outside of Bend, Deschutes National Forest hosts hundreds of day hiking trails. Many of these trails hook up with other trails, such as the Pacific Crest Trail, creating an almost limitless variety of routes. Horseback riding and mountain biking are allowed on many of these trails. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains, the area offers numerous lakes as well as lava tubes and other volcanic formations.

Where to Camp

Camping in Deschutes National Forest

Deschutes National Forest covers 1.6 million acres, and an RV is a great way to cover ground. This forest has more than 80 campgrounds that are divided into six regions, so with an RV, you can travel the area and experience each section's unique views and vibes. RVshare makes renting an RV easy and fun.

RV Rentals Near Deschutes National Forest

Shape Hiking Trails

Deschutes National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Deschutes National Forest

Within the Deschutes National Forest lie five different wilderness areas. Each area has its own unique landscapes and activities. You can also drive one of the three scenic byways. Each season offers outdoor recreation opportunities.

map-marker-alt-regular How to Get There

How to get to Deschutes National Forest

Address: 63095 Deschutes Market Rd, Bend, OR 97701

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle) $5.0

With over a million acres, Deschutes National Forest offers plenty of room to stretch out and relax. Whether fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, or just lazing around the lake, an RV lets you stay and indulge as long as you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Deschutes National Forest

How many hiking trails does Deschutes National Forest have?

The Deschutes National Forest has hundreds of hiking trails. Some of the trails link to other trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, so there are endless options for hiking in the forest. Regardless of your hiking level, you're sure to find a trail in the forest that suits you.

Is Deschutes National Forest open all year round?

Yes, the Deschutes National Forest is open year-round. The forest has been known to close in the past for wildfires. Also, in winter some areas may not be accessible because of heavy snow. Some amenities like running water may also not be available in certain areas in winter due to freezing pipes.

What type of wildlife lives in Deschutes National Forest?

Wildlife living in the Deschutes National Forest includes antelope, deer, elk, black bears, minks, otters, and beavers. There are more than 100 species of birds living in the forest, plus a variety of fish living in the forest lakes and streams.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Deschutes National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak, canoe, and raft in the Deschutes National Forest. There are many mountain lakes and rivers that are great for paddling, and several outfitters in the area lead rafting trips for a fun adventure.

What is the closest town to Deschutes National Forest?

Bend, Oregon is one of the closest towns to Deschutes National Forest, and is where the forest headquarters are located. You'll find plenty of spots to eat, camp, sleep, and shop in Bend. It's also a quaint mountain town that is a pleasant place to spend a few days on your trip.