• See the Northern Lights Livestream

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Thursday Jan 21, 4 pm PST – 8 pm PST.  This is a FREE online event. MORE INFO HERE.

    The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible a few times a year in Central Oregon, yet many have not seen this amazing spectacle of our planet. Our dark night skies and proximity to the 45 parallel are conducive for viewing. We found this event that will shed “light” on the Aurora and perhaps provide the insight on how you can have the best opportunity to see nature’s light show. Follow the more info link to watch this online event.

    Join a visual presentation about the Aurora Borealis! Mike Murray, Astronomer and Planetarium Manager, will explore what causes the phenomenon and…

  • ODOT, USFS Warn of Dangers to Parking Near Winter Recreation Spots

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure
    Happy New Year Backyardbend. We hope you are enjoying the holiday week and the great start to winter in Oregon.

    With COVID-19 ‘cabin fever,’ sno-parks around state are filling up fast and overflow is spilling out onto highway shoulder areas. People are asking if this is legal, can they get a ticket, and will they be towed. We continue to see cars outside designated sno-parks and ski areas and our friends at KTVZ produced this article for accurate information.


    Some snow-seekers heading to winter recreation areas on state highways are finding designated parking areas filled and are creating safety issues by parking on roadsides. ODOT warned Wednesday of the…

  • NWS Winter Weather Advisory

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    A wintery weather pattern will be active over the region and bring significant snow to the Central Oregon Cascades today and tonight before another series of storms rolls in for the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Cascades and snow levels will be low enough to make mountain passess and travel to and from Central Oregon hazardous.

    This will make for nice ski and snowboard conditions and resorts will add to their already healthy early season base. BYB weather location pages feature all the resource links and webcams in one place for you to assess weather conditions in real time. Enjoy and be safe.

  • Oregon Snowpack Near Normal Levels Heading Into 2021

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Oregon ended the calendar year with near-normal levels of snowpack. Here’s what that can tell us and, perhaps more importantly, what it can’t.

    From OPB By Bradley W. Parks

    People seeking any shred of normalcy as 2020 ends can find one in Oregon’s snowpack.

    Oregon is heading into the new year with close to normal levels of snowpack statewide, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    “That’s a good sign,” said Scott Oviatt, the snow survey supervisory hydrologist with NRCS in Portland. “We have room for improvement, obviously.”

    Snowpack is one indicator of how much water will be available in Oregon come spring. Oregon will start 2021 with nearly 70% of the state experiencing severe drought or…


    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Waking up this morning it looks as if Santa has delivered a White Christmas to our mountains. Our weather locations/pages have a comprehensive list of resources and webcams all easily viewable for you to assess the weather in more detail for a specific adventure. The image here shows this mornings webcams from ODOT and Mt. Bachelor and an image from Snowforecast.com, one of the many resource links available for the specific forecast for Mt. Bachelor. Looks like at least 5 inches of snow overnight and more coming during the day today.

    Bookmark our weather locations, grab your coffee and get a real time look at the weather while it’s happening. Enjoy the fresh snow!

  • Future of California Fires | The State of California | One Tree Planted Copy

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    This is the last episode in a 6 part series from One Tree Planted.  Relevant to Oregon and all of the western U.S., as well as, California, this is a look into the many challenges facing the forest, population, and environment, and the solutions being employed to help avoid and recover from catastrophic wildfires.

    Episode 06: Where Do We Go From Here? This episode focuses on the future of California, and the future of the fires that have been getting worse over the past few decades. We interview a range of experts who are involved in planning and managing a safer and more fire-resistant California. Foresters are looking at sustainable management, legislators are addressing environmental needs through policy-making, and climate…

  • Moonlight Ski & Bite at Elk Lake Resort Dec 29

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

    Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 4 PM PST – 9:30 PM

    Looking for an adventure during the holiday week? How about getting away from it all up in the Cascades for a dreamy winter excursion with friends.  Come and enjoy an evening of cross-country skiing, good food, and lots of memories at Elk Lake Resort. You’ll need to get to Elk Lake Resort so contact them for information and pricing.


    *Reservations required. Call Elk Lake Resort at 541 480 7378 or elresort@gmail.com.

  • Active Weather Advisory Sunday December 13th

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    A winter weather advisory is in effect today and into tonight and will bring up to a foot of new snow in the mountains and a chance for a couple of inches in the valleys of Central Oregon. So, you want to get out today and snowshoe or ski and need a little more weather information.

    Check out our weather location pages and specifically, the Bend/Bachelor page. Here, you have all the weather links you need in one convenient place to assess the weather in different parts of Central Oregon.

    Webcams?, We got em. NOAA Satellite loops? We got em. Snow forecast for Mt. Bachelor? We got em.

    You can quickly see a variety of resources like web cams…

  • Wildfire | The State of California | One Tree Planted

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    This timely 6 part series from One Tree Planted is relevant to Oregon and all of the western U.S., as well as, California. This is a look into the many challenges facing the forest, population, and environment, and the solutions being employed to help avoid and recover from catastrophic wildfires.

    Throughout this series we meet the people dedicated to ensuring forests are healthy and safe. From policymakers to academics, to the tree planters and firefighters, these people are on the frontlines of the collective effort to restore California’s and other western states landscapes and instill hope for future generations.

    The 2020 California and Oregon fires have once again been record-breaking. From the first gigafire in California to hundreds of smaller…

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    On this Thanksgiving we are grateful for so much; this place we call home, clean air, clean water, mountains, rivers, friends, family, community. We are truly blessed to live here.  This month’s featured artist is a collection of photos of the Oregon Cascades from staff photographers, Kris Jamieson and Jim Kinney.

    Thank you for being a part of the Backyard Bend community. We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!