How Safe Is Bend for Travel?

Bend, United States
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Bend is the county seat of Deschutes County in Central Oregon, located between the Cascade and Maury Mountains.

Bend is a tourist destination in both the summer and winter.

Bend is a natural playground for families and adventure travelers.

Hiking and fishing along the Deschutes river, mountain biking, and skiing at Mt. Enjoy award-winning restaurants or one of the nearly 30 breweries and pubs.

Sunny weather compliments the many world-class festivals and concerts.

Bend is a great spot for family-friendly fun as well, from the High Desert Museum to ski areas.

The city also has a lot of cafés and bars with a varied menu, which allows tourists to make real gastro tours in this area.


Warnings & Dangers in Bend

Overall Risk


Bend is a very safe city. You can use only common sense and feel relaxed at any time of the day or night. Nevertheless, do not forget to keep track of your belongings and pockets. Do not leave things unattended, and always close the machine.

Transport & Taxis Risk


In Bend, you can use public transport without fear. Although more often they use rented vehicles or taxis. Taxis are quite safe, and you can use licensed services, which are quite a lot in the city.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets can almost not be afraid, but do not lose vigilance. The city is very touristy, which means it seduces scammers. In lines and crowded places, keep an eye on your pockets and backpacks. Always keep an eye on your surroundings.

Natural Disasters Risk


There is little risk of a tornado in Bend. However, it is not high, and usually, winds are not very strong. Examine the weather and observatories in the city before your visit here. Take appropriate safety precautions.

Mugging Risk


Serious robberies and armed attacks in Bend usually do not happen. However, do not be vigilant. Do not attract criminals with expensive jewelry and do not shine with cash. In the late evening, it is better to return to the hotel by taxi or in a group, not alone.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorists can try to carry out attacks in the Bend region. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including places visited by foreigners. You should monitor media reports and be vigilant at all times. Study the political environment before your trip here.

Scams Risk


Fraud is not common here, but sometimes they can sell fake tours or tickets to various events. Be careful and buy tickets for tours and make reservations only with licensed and verified sellers and operators.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling alone can feel quite comfortable in Bend. The usual precautions are enough to be safe. Keep track of your surroundings and use a taxi to return to the hotel if you return late at night.

So... How Safe Is Bend Really?

Bend can be called one of the safest cities in the state and country.

The crime rate here is shallow. It ranges from negligible to low.

You can feel safe in Bend at any time of the day or night.

Bend is an immaculate and safe destination for travelers.

Nevertheless, it is always best to practice proactive security measures: secure your personal belongings (especially valuables).

Always lock doors to your automobile and hotel room, walk-in groups after dark, and do not flash cash, checks, credit cards, or any other form of payment around in a manner that is visible to crowds of people.

Since the city attracts many tourists and is famous for its active leisure, this can seduce petty criminals.

The usual security measures – such as keeping an eye on your belongings and not leaving bags unattended – are sufficient to stay safe.

Be careful during tours and excursions; some require sufficient physical fitness and endurance.

Order excursions and tours only from trusted and licensed tour operators so as not to fall into the scam trap.

Even though walking at night is entirely safe, be careful not to walk in remote areas of the city and unsafe places of the mountains alone.

How Does Bend Compare?

CitySafety Index
Sydney (Australia)80
Santiago de Chile (Chile)71
Vienna (Austria)88

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visitors to the United States must obtain a visa from one of the United States diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or Visa Waiver Program countries. A valid passport is a must.
  • Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. It has a sign: $ and a code: USD. Also, it abbreviated US$. One dollar is divided into 100 cents (Symbol: ¢).
  • Weather - The best times to visit Bend for ideal weather are mid-June to October. The average temperatures in Bend vary drastically and the weather feels cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year.
  • Airports - Bend Municipal Airport is 10 km northeast of Bend, in Deschutes County, Oregon. Bend Municipal Airport is identified as a Category 2, High Activity Business and General Aviation airport by the Oregon Department of Aviation
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2 Reviews on Bend

  1. Clean and relaxed

    The bus system here sucks, we all use Lyft and Uber (even the locals when we’ve been drinking). Lived here 33 years and there’s never been a tornado, but we catch on fire every summer. So much to do and see and the ocean and big towns are less than a 2 hour drive if you want to switch it up. Good food, better beer, relaxed environment, slower way of life. Bend is awesome!

  2. I’m thinking of moving here (it’s that great)!

    I had heard that Bend is one of the best places to live in the USA but I didn’t understand why until I got here. This place is wonderful! Fresh air, breathtaking views, lovely and friendly people, many pubs and breweries and restaurants and so many things to explore and do whether you’re alone or with friends or family. What a wonderful, growing city this is!

    As for safety, Bend doesn’t seem to be a city in the US as it’s very safe. It’s probably the safest city I’ve been to, ever! You won’t feel threatened in any way here. Of course there’s the odd pickpocket here and there, but where don’t we see them? No news of muggings or crimes or any big incidents. I felt at home here, didn’t have to look behind my back and I could spend my time enjoying what Bend has to offer.

    We’ve visited the High Desert Museum where you can see many animals and learn about the flora and fauna from Oregon. It’s around 135 acres, with nature trails that you can walk on and get a chance to see badgers, porcupines, many birds, etc. Check the daily schedule of the place so you can take advantage of all the activities they have planned.

    Did you know Bend is also a very known mountain bike destination? I sure didn’t. There are a lot of trails that can be used for this but you need to plan accordingly since these aren’t open all year long.

    We enjoyed the Old Mill District which has restaurants with great food and shops with nice merchandise. Dining on the outdoor patio and looking at the river and trees was very nice. There are also concerts here, in the summertime.

    Bend is that kind of place that you fall in love with from the start and gradually love it even more as you explore it.

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