The diversity of the Oregon sports landscape is epitomized in Central Oregon, where a staggering array of recreational opportunities are accessible in just one region. Serving as the region’s recreational epicenter, Bend is quickly emerging as one of the nation’s foremost destinations for sports and recreation enthusiasts. Bend has earned the honor of being the only city in the country to be named host of two USA Cycling championship events in one year: the USA Cycling Road National Championships and the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. With support from the Oregon Sports Authority, Central Oregon annually hosts approximately 1,000 BMX racers at the USA BMX Great Northwest Nationals at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.
The region’s rugged terrain is also ideal for rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and many other adventure sports. Central Oregon has even sparked the creation of a few especially unique events that feature multiple sports, such as the Pole Pedal Paddle, which consists of skiing, snowboarding, biking, running, kayaking and sprinting.
Mt. Bachelor rises magnificently above the Bend area, providing one of the longest winter ski seasons in North America, as well as incredibly soft powder and the nation’s best lift system as voted by readers of Ski Magazine. Groomed cross-country trails, sled-dog rides, a half-pipe and a snowboard park full of rails are all features of the famous ski resort, which has hosted the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship, U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix and World Sled Dog Championships.
With 300 days of sunshine a year, Central Oregon is quite simply a golfer’s paradise. The spectacular high-desert landscape is home to multiple four-star resorts and more than 25 exceptional courses, earning the region a top world ranking from Golf Digest. Each summer more than 600 golfers descend upon Central Oregon for championship-caliber amateur golf at the Pacific Amateur Golf Classic on the region’s finest golf courses.