Pets allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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By far Bend's largest park, analogous to Portland's Forest Park, Shevlin Park encompasses a distinct natural area of 652 acres.  Lying on the west end of the Bend's Urban Growth Boundary, the park is a 4-mile long preserve of the Tumalo Creek canyon and old-growth ponderosa pine ecosystem that is extremely popular with local hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers.

The run off for Tumalo Creek originates on the eastern slopes of Broken Top and Tumalo Mountain. It carves its way through a once heavily-glaciated valley and creates a small canyon, where after roughly 21 miles, it eventually converges with the Deschutes River just south of Tumalo State Park.

The majority of the area for the park was donated to the City of Bend in 1920, and since then it has become a Mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  When arriving via Shevlin Park Road, you can think of the park in two sections: the Aspen Hall section to the north and the Fremont Meadows section to the south.  Aspen Hall is a decently-sized event space often used for weddings or small conferences and is served by a single trail that follows the banks of the creek, the Aspen Hall Trail.  The Fremont Meadows section is best known for its 6-mile long Loop Trail that primarily follows the rim of the canyon.  Both sides of the park, however, offer equally scenic views of the canyon and provide picnic shelters and barbeque areas ideal for a family outing.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Bend's largest park. Hiking and mountain biking trails. Conference and event center.


Very heavily used.


Flushing toilets
Mountain biking
Potable water
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas
Old-growth forest



This was one of the hotter and smokier days during fire season we've had and Shevlin was clear and cool. While we did encounter a couple people, there were far fewer this weekend than we've seen in the past (possibly due to the smoke). The park is big enough that you're never fighting for space.
There are some wonderfully gnarled trees along the trails.
Shevlin is pretty temperate throughout the Summer. During some of the smokier days due to wildfires, we were able to breathe deep and clean at Shelvin. In 100 degree weather, the water was still chilly and wonderful.
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