Bend Oregon Winter Car Camping Destinations

Traveling to Bend is an amazing experience in the winter. It is hands down a paradise for the winter outdoor lover.

Whether you’re into downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, XC skiing, or hiking. Or, maybe enjoying a handcrafted beer outside by a roaring fire, Bend Oregon has you covered for all your winter outdoor cravings.

Winter camping is a definite must If you’re looking to get off the grid and spend some quality time outside with loved ones.You’ll find snowy landscapes, roaring campfires, and fewer campers. And one of the best parts; there are several places to camp that are open during winter months and are easily accessible from Bend.

If you think you need to bring a bunch of camping equipment with you, think again. My mission is to make campingequipment easy and accessible to all. So, when you reserve online let us know where you are, and we’ll ship right to you. 

So, let’s get started on where to head out for some awesomewintertime car camping around the Bend area.

Tumalo State Park. Located a quick seven miles North of Bend you’ll find tent sights, RV hook ups and Yurts nestled in among fragrant Ponderosa pines and junipers. This state park sits alongside the beautiful Deschutes River and has a scenic hiking trail that winds alongside it. If you’re an angler, bring your fly rod to see if you can catch a few trout.

Being so close to Bend, it’s easy to pop into town for groceries or finding your new favorite micro-brew. Or, head up the Cascade Lakes Highway for some skiing at Mt. Bachelor or XC skiing or snowshoeing at one of the many snoparks.

LaPine State Park. A secluded state park located 27 miles South of Bend that has tent sights, RV hook up’s and cozy cabins for rent. LaPine SP also sits along the Deschutes River, but on a wider and calmer stretch. You’ll find trails right from camp for snowshoeing and XC skiing that will take you through large and tranquil groves of towering Ponderosa Pine.
Metolius River. The Metolius River is 38 miles NW of Bend and is only 18 miles North of the charming town of Sisters Oregon. The Metolius is a picturesque crystal clear spring fed river. With trails for snowshoeing and XC skiing, an active fish hatchery and multiple campgrounds nestled amongst Ponderosa pines, it’s a winter delight filled with tranquility and few people.

Camp Sherman CG, Allen Springs CG and Lower Bridge CG sit along the Metolius river. During winter months they are first come first serve, with no hook-ups. These campgrounds offer winter peace with fewer visitors, large fire pits to keep you warm and S’mores coming, and winter trails right from camp.

Crooked River Canyon Scenic Byway. One of the most beautiful desert gorges and camping experiences in Central Oregon, and not many people visit here. Located 35 miles East of Bend the Crooked River Gorge, below Prineville Reservoir, lies is a winding river nestled in steep gorge walls. You’ll find several campgrounds that are open year-round and because it’s out east, snow levels are generally lower, meaning easier access. Check out Big Bend CG, Post Pile CG and Chimney Rock CG. They are first come first serve with no hook-ups.

Camping along the Crooked River Canyon Scenic Bywayis all about relaxing, a roaring campfire, stargazing, enjoying the sound of a bubbling river and maybe catching a few trout. For something active, take a hike up to Chimney Rock where you will get impressive views from the top of the Three Sisters, Mt. Bachelor and the endless desert out East, this hike is a must!

Prineville Reservoir State Park. This desert reservoir is located 52 miles East of Bend you’ll find wide open sunshine filled views, winter boating and fishing, and it’s an easy drive to the town of Prineville for groceries or eating out.

This State Park has tent camping, RV hook ups and the best part, cabins to keep you warm and cozy in the winter months. If you’re looking for camping with amenities like cabins, showers, and hookups Prineville Reservoir State Park is a fantastic option. Plus, you get incredible views of our beloved Central Oregon desert.

During Summer months, Central Oregon sees a lot of visitors that sometimes fill our campgrounds. So, want to experience Central Oregon with fewer people? How about getting your own private slice of paradise with some wintertime camping. 

Check out Trunorthwest.com for all your camping equipmentrentals and we’ll see you around the campfire.

*Be sure to check weather and road conditions before you come. Severe weather and snow can affect roads and campgrounds. Check stateparks.oregon.gov or reserveamerica.com for updates and possible closures.

Happy Trails! ​


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