Leena and Devin are true outdoor lovers. Not only did they meet on a camping trip, but Devin also proposed during a through-hike of the Enchantments. There was no doubt in their mind that once again the outdoors would have a part in their love story. Their happy place is out on the trail, and the more remote the better! When they shared their plans to have an epic sunrise elopement at the top of Tumalo Mountain near Bend Oregon, I was all in!
The morning of their elopement we met at the trailhead at 4am. We set off on a two mile hike to the peak and made it just in time for sunrise! The conditions were absolutely perfect—a clear sky and the most beautiful alpine glow. It was incredible, even though our hands were frozen from the frigid air.
At the top, Leena and Devin read their private vows to each other with the most amazing backdrop of snow-covered mountain peaks and a cotton candy painted sky. Afterward, we took some photos of the two of them as the sun slowly rose above the distant mountains and soaked up the beauty of this magical place before we snowshoed back down. It was such a fun adventure and an Oregon elopement I’ll never forget.
Eloping in Bend, Oregon
Majestic mountain peaks, lush pine forest, meandering rivers, and high desert make Bend, Oregon a mecca for outdoor adventure. With its diverse landscape and bustling downtown, Bend is a perfect location for any Oregon elopement.
Where to Elope: Tumalo Mountain
Just a 25 minute drive from downtown Bend, you’ll find Tumalo Mountain. Situated within the Cascades Mountain Range, Tumalo Mountain is surrounded by rugged wilderness with breathtaking views of neighboring mountain peaks including nearby Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor. Reaching the top requires a moderate 4-mile round trip hike through pine forest and rocky terrain. Open year round, the hike is popular during both the summer and winter months for snowshoeing.
Where to Stay: Bend, Oregon
Bend is a small city with plenty to do, whether you’re looking for outdoor adventure, delicious food, or good beer. It’s a perfect home base for any adventure elopement with easy access to the surrounding mountains, forests, and rivers. There are tons of unique airbnbs, cabins, and hotels to choose from within the city or just outside of it.
When to Elope: Spring and Fall
The truth is Bend, Oregon is lovely all year round. It has a mostly dry, desert-like climate with moderate temperatures during the day and cooler evenings. Summer brings abundant sunshine and warmer days while winter brings a blanket of snow. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall may be my favorite though, boasting milder temperatures and fewer crowds. Although you really can’t go wrong, Bend during September and October are especially beautiful.
Looking for more helpful tips for eloping in and around Bend, Oregon? Find everything you need to know about eloping in Bend in my post, How to Elope in Bend, Oregon.