Self-Guided Bike Tour

Bend's Old Mill Bike Tour

This nature-filled self-guided bicycle tour follows the Deschutes River Trail. Stops include the Les Schwab Amphitheater, Drake Park, Mirror Pond, and McKay Park. There's no better way to experience the beauty of Bend, OR and the Cascade Mountains than from the seat of a bicycle!

Bend, Oregon is the home of the Deschutes River Trail, a 19-mile trail that extends from Tumalo State Park to Meadow Camp. Your self-guided bike tour starts from our location in Bend’s Old Mill District, a historic district that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world. Parks, ponds, trees, and mountains dot this route all the way from our location to Archie Briggs Canyon, which offers incredible views of Mount Washington and Black Butte Ranch.

In addition to fantastic views of the scenic Deschutes River and Cascade Mountains, you’ll come across McKay Park, Drake Park, Mirror Pond, First St. Rapids Park, Sawyer Park, and Archie Briggs Canyon along this extensive bike trail.

Starting at $35

Skill Level

Approx. Time

2-3 hours total

Self Guided Bike Tour
Les Schwab Amphitheatre

An outdoor riverfront amphitheater in the historic Old Mill District. The amphitheater was named in honor of Central Oregon businessman Les Schwab. The venue accommodates approximately 8,000 people for concerts and other events in a casual outdoor setting.

Drake Park

The Drake Park interpretive sign (located directly in front of the public restrooms) describes Bend’s early sense of community spirit. This popular downtown community gathering place hosts many events throughout the spring, summer and fall. Features include nearly one half mile of riverfront, acres of open lawn, an outdoor stage, restrooms and small picnic tables.

Mirror Pond

Mirror Pond is the area of the Deschutes River located in downtown Bend between Galveston Bridge and Newport Bridge, where the river widens as it winds its way past Harmon, Pageant, Drake, and Brooks parks and residential properties. An identifying feature of the City of Bend since the early 1900s, Mirror Pond is created by the Pacific Power and Light hydroelectric dam that is located just downstream of Newport Avenue Bridge.

McKay Park

This park is the site of the Oregon Trail Railroad interpretive sign, which describes Bend’s early railroad history. Named for Clyde McKay, McKay Park was opened in May 2000 and quickly became a very popular addition to the District’s collection of riverfront parks. McKay Park is an excellent choice for taking a break from the hustle and bustle.

McKay Park
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Included with this

Self-Guided Tour

  • Your choice of bike
  • A helmet
  • A bike lock

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What to bring & wear

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Your camera
  • Snacks, or cash for lunch

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Tour FAQs

What's included on my tour?

Our self-guided tours include your choice of bicycle, a route map with all the great points of interest and historic facts about the area, a helmet, bike bag or basket, and a bike lock. Plus, our rental clerks are happy to help you select the perfect bike for your adventure.

What do I need to bring?

We have your ride and route covered - so all you need to bring are comfortable clothes and shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and your camera. And don't forget to bring some cash for lunch or a snack along the way! Bike bags/baskets are provided on all bikes for easy storage of items.

How long is the tour?

While on one of our self-guided tours, you can expect to be out exploring for 3 to 4 hours. This includes approximately 2 hours of riding time and 1 to 2 hours for lunch, shopping, photo opts, and exploring the area.

I want to take the tour...

You've made a great choice! We have plenty of bikes available, so no need to call, just come by. When you arrive, mention the bike tour. Our fantastic staff will ensure that you have everything you need. We don't take reservations, so please stop by our location.