If you are traveling to Bend, Oregon, and are looking for a campground that’s close to town yet lets you feel like you’re away from it all, Tumalo State Park is the obvious choice. Tumalo is located less than 10 miles from downtown Bend, but is outside of the city limits and located on the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River.
Sylvansport GO set up at Tumalo State Park.
Tumalo provides many excellent accommodations, including 23 full hook-up sites, 54 tent sites, 7 yurt sites, 2 group camp sites, and a hiker/biker area for people arriving under their own power. There are plenty of excellent amenities, including flush toilets, potable water, firewood and ice sales, trash and recycling facilities, and solar showers that actually provide hot water on demand.
Just across the road from the camping area is a day use area (complete with playground equipment for the children) that’s great for a picnic or a quick dip in the chilly river water.
During a recent trip to Bend, my wife and I camped here for about four nights and had an excellent experience. The campsites were clean and attractive, the amenities made us feel right at home, and the campground hosts were extremely friendly!
Tumalo is definitely a high-quality, managed campground, and not one of the free-for-all-style backcountry camping areas. Consequently, expect to pay $21.00 per night for a tent site, with prices going up from there for full hook ups or a yurt.
Also, thanks to Tumalo’s extreme popularity, getting a campsite can be difficult, if not impossible. During the summer months, don’t expect to be able to show up and grab a site, even mid-week. I made campground reservations about two weeks in advance, and was still only able to find a basic campsite during the weekdays, so we had to move to a less-popular campground for the weekend.
If you want to grab a spot at the best campground in Bend, planning ahead is absolutely key!