Bend, the county seat of Deschutes County, covers 32 square miles. To the east is high desert vegetation and to the west, Bend is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. The city is noted for its scenic setting, mild climate, year-round recreation opportunities and growing economy. At an elevation of 3,625 feet, Bend enjoys the predominately dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, cool nights and low humidity characterize the weather.