• Hold Onto Your Hats Folks - This Is What We Have Been Waiting For!

    Posted on in categories Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    It appears this is the real deal and there’s a lot of red on this NOAA forecast for Mt. Bachelor.  This is a strong winter weather pattern and we are going to see feet piling up in the high country and accumulations in the lower parts of Central Oregon too. With a deficit of powder skiing this season so far there may be some pent up demand for getting out there. Check out the “Featured Video” about staying safe on the drive to Mt. Bachelor or Hoodoo and remember it only saves minutes of total travel time when putting it in race mode. ‘Slow Down and Enjoy The Ride’ and everyone will get there safely and have…

  • Moonlight Ski & Bite At Elk Lake Resort

    Posted on in categories Event , Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    Are you looking for something to do on Friday night. Maybe something a little different and unique to #backyardbend.

    Come enjoy an evening of cross-country skiing, good food, and lots of memories. Friday Jan 1oth at Elk Lake Resort. Register in advance. More INFO HERE. 

    6PM – Group skis into Elk Lake Resort on freshly groomed trail
    8PM – 3 course meal with one beverage included
    9:30/10PM – Snowcat Ride back to Dutchman Flat SnoPark

    Guests need to bring headlamp and change of clothes if needed.
    Participants will be emailed prior to the event to choose their meal options.

  • Powder, Penguins and Snow Leopards

    Posted on in categories Event , Film , Skiing & Snowboarding , Travel & Adventure

    Thursday Jan 9th 630pm – 830pm at Crows Feet – A Mountain Collective.  More INFO HERE. 

    For the past 20 years, owner of Crow’s Feet, David Marchi has been an international ski touring and high altitude mountaineering guide. Of all the places that he has been, the most inspiring and enriching experiences were based in Antarctica and Kashmir, India.
    A dichotomy of environments between the two places are explained and embraced in his presentation that he is excited to share with our community. Antarctica for its pristine, remote and pure natural environment and Kashmir for its rich cultural and exquisite skiing opportunities.

    The presentation will be photography based with an inspiring film from b4apres

  • Wild Wednesday: Snowshoeing Central Oregon

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Oregon Wild will host a presentation on how and where to snowshoe in central Oregon! They will share tips and suggestions regarding everything from safety to gear to picking the most scenic trails. There will be some “Snowshoeing 101” for those new to the activity as well as some tips on locations that will be applicable to all ability levels. More INFO HERE.

    Wednesday Jan 8th, 6pm – 730pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop.

    The presentation will include:
    – Photography of recommended scenic snowshoeing destinations in central Oregon
    – The basics on learning to snowshoe
    – Reference map
    – What to bring
    – How to be safe when snowshoeing
    – Gear (snowshoes and…

  • Natural History Pub at McMenamins Old St. Francis - Extraordinary Birds: Up Close & Personal

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Hosted by The High Desert Museum Monday Jan. 6th, 7pm. More INFO HERE.

    Extraordinary Birds: Up Close & Personal
    Join Elise Wolf, founder of Native Bird Care avian rescue in Sisters, for a unique multimedia presentation. Come see and hear about a few of the exceptional species Wolf has cared for over the past 10 years. Get a peek into the lives of these extraordinary birds as Wolf shares stories, photos and videos of their care and release. Why is rescue and rehabilitation so important, and how can we enjoy and support native birds?

    Doors at 5:30 pm
    Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series. Seating is limited…

  • Happy New Year

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    As we close out 2019 and send it into 2020 we want to thank you for being a part of the Backyard Bend Community Inspired.  We have supported concerts, events and the many non-profits doing amazing work in our community. We have shared your photos and videos of inspiring adventures and the wild and scenic places in Oregon. And, we have had fun along the way, giving away awesome gear and activities.

    We wish you the very best New Year and let’s all make 2020 the best it can be. Thank you from all of us at Backyard Bend.


  • One More Time For Colin

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Colin Meagher is our current featured artist and is battling ALS. Colin is an Oregonian and professional photographer and we want to give another shout out to contribute to his fight by donating to help him and his family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/one-more-time-for-colin. 

    His photos on the homepage banner are just a small sample of his work. Check out his website and consider purchasing an amazing photo. http://www.colinmeagherphoto.com/


  • Climate Change, Plants, and Future Possibilities

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Learn how native plants can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Come out to Worthy Brewing on Wednesday Jan 8th, 630pm and learn about plants and climate change.

  • REI Garage Sale

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Have you ever been to an REI Garage Sale? This is the place to pick up screaming deals on returned items and other super discounted merch. This is seriously a fun event that’s worth getting in line for. You have to be an REI member and think about getting there early.

    When: Saturday Jan 28th 8am – 3pm

  • Colin Meagher Featured Artist

    Posted on in categories Biking , Film , Travel & Adventure

    Colin Meagher is our current featured artist. He is a professional photographer who has been featured in many events and outdoor brands all over the world. He has shot in Central Oregon and now lives in the Gorge.  He also has ALS. Colin needs our help.

    We produced a featured video with Colin a few weeks back. Check it out, it’s in the video archives.

    You see, he is a husband, father and all around great human being.  He is fighting the good fight with help from family, friends and community, but it is a huge fight that comes with financial strain on his family.

    Please consider helping by donating to Colin’s Go Fund Me – “One More Time…