RVers heading to Bend for summer exploration may want to check out staying at Mt. Bachelor. The resort now permits camping for self-contained RVs. It's cheap and cooler due to the higher elevation than town.

Camping is only allowed for fully self-contained RVs with no extra tents. A section of the West Village Lot is set aside for RV overnight parking with the access gate locked for security at dusk Mondays through Thursdays and 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

The camping area-a paved parking lot--is not equipped with power, water, and electrical hookups, and the nearest dump station is Bend. Amenities include restrooms inside the adjacent Guest Services Building and garbage service. Campfires are not permitted, but you can pull out the barbecue to grill up some steaks. Dogs are permitted in the camping area on leashes. Spaces are available first come, first serve.

A camp slot, which is available for a maximum of 10 nights in a row, costs $10 per night. Campers must purchase overnight parking permits to be displayed in the front window of the RV in the Bachelor Ski and Sport shop, which is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those arriving after hours can pick up a pay envelope from the security officer on duty instead. 

Camping at Mt. Bachelor provides convenience for those touring Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway through Deschutes National Forest. The location near the base of the summer chairlift adds quick access to hiking, scenic lift rides, and dining at Scapolo's at Pine Marten Lodge, and those enjoying Bachelor's famed Sunset Dinners with too much bubbly don't have to worry about driving afterwards.

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