• Long and Winding River 2018: Explore the Headwaters of the Deschutes River

    Posted on in categories Hiking , River , Travel & Adventure

    The headwaters of the Deschutes River are at Little Lava Lake, but is this really where all of the water in the Deschutes River comes from? Join geologist Daniele McKay for an exploration of the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor area, and the true headwaters of the Deschutes River. We will explore pristine springs, mountain lakes, and recent volcanic deposits – all of which make the Deschutes one of the most remarkable rivers in Oregon. More INFO HERE!

  • Nate Wyeth - Featured Artist

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Our current “Featured Artist”, Nate Wyeth has some stunning photography of Central Oregon and other places around the world.  He has worked for major outdoor brands providing photography, design, and videography for their marketing campaigns. In addition, he’s an all around straight up good guy who cares about our community and the natural landscapes of #backyardbend.

    It’s the height of summer and milky way season so we leave you with this night image from Nate of Mt. Bachelor from Todd Lake. Check out his website

  • 92/9 & the Summer Meltdown Music Festival

    Posted on in categories Music , Travel & Adventure
    92/9 FM’s Music Festival Connection has got your FREE TICKETS to the famous Summer Meltdown Music Festival in Darrington Washington on August 2-5.

    Listen for your chance to win!

    Summer Meltdown Music Festival is where The Music meets The Mountain August 2-5, 2018! Summer Meltdown is a music, camping, and adventure festival in Darrington, WA – an hour and a half into the Cascade mountains from Seattle and Bellingham.

    Summer Meltdown is known for it’s vibrant community that is open to all ages – from the kids zone, to the late night tent, to lounging in the beer garden – this festival offers fantastic experiences for everyone.

    Summer Meltdown Lineup

  • RAD Camps Giveaway

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    WIN A FREE RAD Camps ADVENTURE! We are giving away 4 FREE Rad Camps trips. Rad Camps is an awesome, one of a kind experience for Central Oregon kids ages 7-17. Check out the video and see kids experiencing nature in Central Oregon’s backyard.

    “Like” Rad Camps and Backyard Bend on the Facebook and Instagram post and tag your friends for entries. You can tag as many as you like on both pages. Each one counts as an entry. We’ll choose winners on Friday July 20th at 3pm. Also, you can redeem a 20% discount on all Rad Camps programs by using the Promo Code “RADBACKYARD” at

    Have your kids “get rad”…

  • $1,600 Mt. Bachelor and Sun Country Tours GIVEAWAY

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Our friends at  MtBachelor and SunCountryTours are giving away one of the best adventures of the summer. Enter by this Sunday at to win a prize package for four worth over $1,600 that includes rafting, biking, sunset dinner, and more!  This is an awesome adventure in our backyard. Get on this folks.

  • Local and National Fire Information Systems

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    As we move into the heart of summer wildfire season is a reality of the western United States ecosystems. It’s also a reality that wildfires impact our recreation decisions and having easy access to wildfire information is helpful in planning outdoor adventures. So, we have added some great wildfire information links to the website weather pages. Super easy to use, these links give you a quick look at all the wildfires in the U.S.

    The Central Oregon Fire Info site is a great local resource and the National Fire Incident Information System lets you drill down to any active wildfire to see the status.

    By the way, the fire precaution level was just raised and here is the…

  • Crooked River Flyby

    Posted on in categories Biking , Climbing , Fishing , Hiking , River , Travel & Adventure

    We like to get out and fly over Central Oregon and this flyby of the Crooked River area reminds us that there are places east of Bend that are just as worthy as the Cascade lakes and rivers for great outdoor recreation. This is an awesome area for early summer where the temps are warmer than the high Cascades. Check it out!!!

    Here’s  couple of links for more information on the area.

    Ochoco National Forest – Crooked River

    Prineville State Park – Prineville Reseviour


  • Meet Toni Toreno From Bend Photo Tours

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Meet our new featured artist, Toni Toreno. She is an accomplished Central Oregon photographer and has started a new business – Bend Photo Tours. She is displaying some stunning captures of #backyardbend on the homepage banner. Here’s a shot of Ramona Falls.  You can find out more about her and what she is doing at

    You’ll also find her on Instagram at @bendphototours  Thanks Toni!!!

  • Trending "Summer Weather For The Weekend"

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Looks like nice weather returning for the weekend in Central Oregon. Sunshine and warm temps are looking good for summer activities out in #backyardbend. We hope you are using the weather pages we’ve put together specifically for evaluating the places we like to play outdoors in Oregon. Web cams and the best links all in one place!!!  This photo is from Memorial Day and shows the Cascade Lakes area is open and ready to play in.

    If you haven’t, check out the local weather page HERE!

  • 8 Best Overland Vehicles You Can Buy Off The Lot

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    If you are an active outdoor enthusiast living in Central Oregon, you have or have thought about awesome vehicles to take you on your #backyardbend adventures.  While we don’t want to get too caught up in the idea that you have to have a rad vehicle to get out and adventure, ( a good ole pick up or Subaru are just fine and work too),  there are some pretty bad ass vehicles being made that go beyond the normal 4X4 SUV. These are vehicles designed for getting you and all your gear to your destination and perform on longer trips with more rugged and rowdy off-road conditions.

    This article from High Consumption provides some insight into 8 “Overland Vehicles” that…