• The Story of Plastic - North Coast OR Free Online Event

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7 pm – 8:30pm, Hosted by Surfrider Foundation North Coast OR Chapter. More INFO HERE!

    One benefit of events being moved to online formats is we are able to participate in many more events without physically being there. This shift has opened events to us in Central Oregon like this one from the Surfrider Foundation North Coast OR chapter. They are much more than a group of surfers. They are a dedicated community organization that makes a difference in west coast communities. From cleaning up beaches, to fundraisers for local fire and rescue departments, to hosting learning events like these.

    The North Coast OR chapter is very active in Oregon Coast communities and this…

  • BYB Weather Alert

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Today is looking like significant rain and thunderstorms that you should be aware of if your headed out for your #backyardbend adventure. If you can be out and done before 1 or 2pm you’ve got a good chance of staying relatively dry. After that it’s looking soggy. Positive thought, “it will wash the Ponderosa pollen out of everything”. See the full forecast at Bend/Bachelor Weather Location.

    The BYB Weather Locations/Conditions have all the weather links, webcams and resources for you to plan your outdoor activities and you can now access them on the BYB APP, as well as here on the website. If you haven’t downloaded it, get it at your app store, it’s FREE.

  • Featured Artist Aaron Harris

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Aaron Harris is our current featured artist. You can see his photos on the website homepage banner and full size images on the Backyard Bend APP in the featured artist section. His images of Central Oregon are captivating and we hung out with Aaron recently to talk about his work and photography; video coming soon.

    Aaron Harris is a Freelance Photographer specializing in Landscape, Action and Portrait photography. Aaron resides in beautiful Central Oregon right in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. His knowledge and experience are quite extensive as he has provided his skill set as a photography guide and workshop instructor.

    Aaron has a passion and desire to continue his growth in the photographic industry, always…

  • Get in Shape: Physical Preparation for Outdoor Adventures

    Posted on in categories Climbing , Event , Hiking , Travel & Adventure

    Wednesday May 27, 6pm – 730pm Online Event hosted by JessBFit. MORE INFO HERE.

    It’s spring and you’re itching to get outside and explore. But you feel like your body just might not be so ready yet. Whether you’re hoping to walk up the local hill, scale a big mountain or explore points unknown, you’ll…

    • Understand how to build your speed, endurance and strength at home or close to home.
    • Learn the best ways to start training your body for your next adventure.
    • Be able to put together a training plan for your goals.
    • Learn more about JessBFit’s online training options.

    This is part 1 of a 5-part series.

    Registrants will be…

  • National Forest, BLM, BPRD, and ODWF Recreation Sites Reopen for the Weekend

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Starting May 21 the Deschutes National Forest, Bend Parks and Recreation District (BPRD), Bureau Of Land Management (BLM) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will open recreation and camping facilities just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Official notices with links are below to help you plan your weekend outside safely.

    Deschutes National Forest to open many day-use recreation sites by the weekend. Majority of day-use and boating sites to open with no services, but some still closed.

     Bend, Ore.- Prior to Memorial Day weekend, the Deschutes National Forest will open most developed day-use sites and boat ramps on the national forest. The public should be aware that those sites remaining closed have hazard trees that need to…

  • The Prineville District BLM increases recreational access to rivers and campgrounds in Central Oregon

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    With the lifting of public health and safety restrictions enacted by local, county and state officials, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District announced that recreational access is increasing in many locations throughout Central Oregon. The district is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a case-by-case basis.

    Beginning May 21, 2020, visitors will be able to access the following sites: For MORE INFORMATION SEE THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BLM HERE.

    The Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River: All launches and take-outs for the Lower Deschutes River managed by the BLM will reopen beginning May 21, 2020. Trip leaders holding boater passes to…

  • Zoom with Explorer George Kourounis Presented by the Coalition For The Deschutes

    Posted on in categories Event , River , Travel & Adventure

    When: Wednesday, May 20, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (includes time for Q and A)

    Join Coalition for the Deschutes and the Juniper Group of Sierra Club and escape for a while with explorer George Kourounis.

    Hold on tight as explorer George Kourounis shares his 20+ years of tracking down and documenting the most fearsome natural forces on planet Earth. Tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes…George will share stories, images, and videos from his most extreme expeditions in more than 75 countries spanning all seven continents.

    Where: Zoom, of course. Here’s the link:

  • BPS Virtual Sip n' Speak: Summiting and Photographing Mt Whitney

    Posted on in categories Event , Hiking , Travel & Adventure

    Tuesday May 19, 6pm – Online Event.

    Transport yourself to Mt. Whitney with this virtual online presentation by local photographer, Toni Toreno. Did ya know? Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Located in Sequoia National Park, this is an area considerably less explored. More EVENT INFO HERE.

    Join a live, online presentation by Toni Toreno from Bend Photo Tours as she recaps her recent trek to up Mt. Whitney. Whether you’re planning a to take on Mt. Whitney yourself, or just planning on getting photo tips on shooting while hiking and backpacking around Central Oregon, she’ll give you some insight on what works for…

  • Be a Part of 'Home Waters: Stories of the Deschutes River Basin'

    Posted on in categories River , Travel & Adventure

    Central Oregon is blessed with incredible natural places and the Cascades produce some of the finest water in the country.  It is good to  appreciate these places and be reminded how fortunate we are to live here. More people means more pressure on these resources, but we are lucky to have a number of great organizations like the Deschutes River Conservancy working to steward these places and resources into the future so we can continue to enjoy them. We are proud to provide a list of these organizations on the ‘Get Involved’ page. Check it out and you will find amazing people doing amazing things in #backyardbend. Get involved where you can and be part of meaningful action in our…

  • Governor Kate Brown Announces Limited Opening of State Recreational Areas

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Effective May 6, some state parks and outdoor recreation facilities will begin to reopen.

    The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) announced a small number of inland state parks will offer limited services starting Wednesday, May 6. For up to date information on state recreation facilities status check oregonstateparks.org

    Parks returning to limited daytime service:

    Tryon Creek in Portland Willamette Mission north of Keizer Mongold boat ramp at Detroit Lake State Capitol State Park in Salem The Cove Palisades boat ramp at Lake Billy Chinook near Culver Prineville Reservoir boat ramp near Prineville Joseph Stewart boat ramp on Lost Creek Lake near Shady Cove Pilot Butte to pedestrians (no vehicles) in Bend

    Limited day-use will slowly return to other…