The time between summer and winter can be a special time in Bend, Oregon. We are not known for fall color in the Pacific Northwest as well as other places, but no doubt we have incredible color that displays all throughout the states. The peak time to visit Central Oregon is near. Within the next week and through October can display excellent color. Since Central Oregon sits at a higher elevation the color is known to change first. October is generally best for autumn color statewide. Finding the best color in Bend can be difficult, but worth it when you find it. Personally I would stick close to the rivers.