There are six major volcanic peaks not far from Bend, ranging from Mt. Bachelor at 9,065 feet, only 20 minutes west of Bend, to Mt. Jefferson at 10,497, to the northwest. As you travel from east of Bend toward the mountains, the high desert vegetation of sagebrush and juniper give way to ponderosa pine. There are large areas of public lands in the vicinity, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. The Three Sisters Wilderness area and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument are nearby, and Crater Lake National Park is only 2 hours away. The Deschutes River bisects the city, and the river trail system and adjacent parks are popular draws for walkers, as is the river for canoeists, kayakers, and floaters. Smith Rock State Park, a world class climbing area, provided inspiration to our architect for its eroded character.
Bend has an exceptional network of parks and trails: 2600 acres in 81 parks and facilities, including 8 off-leash areas for dogs. Bend Parks & Recreation District manages 65 miles of trails within the district, and offers 550 recreation programs.
In keeping with our Seventh Principle, respect for the environment and conserving the natural beauty and resources of Central Oregon is important to us. Members and friends of our congregation are active in these local and regional environmental and natural history organizations:
80% of the land in Deschutes County is publicly owned: