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Bend Oregon | Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Bend's Elevation?
A: Bend is located at 3,623'/1104m above sea level

Q: What is the population of Bend Oregon?
A: Over 80,000 within Bend city limits.

Q: How did Bend get its name?
A: Until the winter of 1824, this area was known only to native Americans who hunted and fished here. Members of a fur trapping party led by Peter Skene Ogden were the earliest white men to visit. John Fremont and other army survey parties came next. Then the pioneers heading further west came through and forded the Deschutes River at "Farewell Bend." A small community developed around the bend in the river and in 1905 a city was incorporated with approximately 300 citizens.

Q: Where is the closest airport?
A: Roberts Field (RDM) is located in Redmond, which is 15 miles/25km north of Bend. It is serviced by Horizon (Alaska Airlines), United Express (United Airlines), and Skywest (Delta Airlines). There are direct flights from Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, and Salt Lake City. There are two private plane airports as well, the Bend Municpal Airport and the Sunriver Resort Airport.