• Weather Alert - Chance of Thunderstorms

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    A heads up for possible thunderstorm activity over the next couple of days. Take note as you head out for #backyardbend adventures. This also brings the risk of new wildfire activity and it is really really dry out there. Check our Bend/Bachelor Weather page for a full list of weather resource links, including Central Oregon Fire.

    Please note fire bans on all public lands right now. The fire danger level is at Extreme in all of our area.  If you see any new fire activity report it to the local fire department of the area and they will contact wildfire agencies. This link to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center (COIDC) has a huge list of resource links for…

  • Young Bend Author Publishes Book to Kickstart Your Summer

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    We are always stoked to support local people who stretch themselves to create something unique. Meet Zoe Falk, a young Bend author doing just that. You can learn more about Zoe HERE.

    On June 21st, 24-year-old Zoe Falk, launched her first book, “The Adventure Guide to Living a Kickass Life.” She is not your average 24-year-old and has had enough life experience to share her guidance through this hybrid, memoir and self-help book.

    This book is largely targeted toward young adult readers, from late teens to late 20s, but is still useful for all ages and backgrounds. Falk was a star athlete for Sisters High School and went on to run competitively at the D1 level at Northern Arizona…

  • Hoodoo Challenge: Race to the Top

    Posted on in categories Event , Running , Travel & Adventure

    Are you up for a “challenge” this weekend? The Hoodoo Challenge: Race to the Top is a test of uphill fortitude and a whole lot of fun. MORE INFO HERE.

    The Hoodoo Challenge half marathon is back for its fifth year! The course follows scenic forested trails with amazing views from the top of Potato Hill. Runners will then walk back down the mountain for a hosted lunch and awards ceremony at the Hoodoo Lodge parking area.

    There is also a 5K race that will begin at the Hoodoo parking lot and end at the top of Hoodoo. This trail also offers scenic views and is a great option for runners and walkers that don’t want to take on…

  • Fire Ban on All Public Lands and City of Bend Recreational Burning

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Today the Bootleg fire in Southern Oregon is the largest wildfire in the United States. It has burned an area larger than New York City, having caused property losses and now threatens thousands of homes.  Although our focus here at Backyardbend is on what to do outdoors in Central Oregon, we want to also acknowledge important issues that affect the community when warranted.

    The wildfire season is early and already harsh. The Grandview and Darlene fires are currently burning and threatening communities in Central Oregon. As we head out this weekend please be cautious. Fires can be started from vehicles and motorcycles on forest roads and off road situations. hot exhaust systems can easily spark wildfires.

    Our Trend from yesterday…

  • Wildfire Updates on BYB Weather

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Unfortunately we are into a very active wildfire season already in Oregon and the western states. Planning your outdoor adventures requires knowledge of wildfires and we have the resources for you to do just that. Our weather locations have resource links and webcams in one convenient so you can see and plan your outing.

    The Grandview and Darlene fires are impacting Central Oregon communities close to Sisters and Lapine, creating the smoky skies we have had recently. These fires are threatening property and scenic areas. Before heading out, please check wildfire activity and give firefighters a wide path by staying clear of these areas.

    Central Oregon Fire Information is a great resource for daily updates on all fire…

  • Win a $1,200 Inflatable JD Paddleboard Prize Pack

    Posted on in categories River , Travel & Adventure

    Our new Share & Win will get you out on the water this summer with a performance JD Paddleboard. These boards are built for performance on rivers or lakes and for K-9 or family passengers.

    Did you just return from some epic outdoor fun? If you took a cool video or photo share it with us. It’s quick, easy, and a great way to connect with people and places in your own backyard.

    You can share your photos and videos directly on the BYB APP or using the hashtag #backyardbend on your Instagram or Twitter post. Learn how HERE.  When you do you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to Win an amazing $1,200 Inflatable Paddleboard (Perch…

  • Applications Now Open for the High Desert Food Trail

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    A nibble, a nosh, a bite or a feast? Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’ve got the Food Trail for you! The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance, in partnership with Travel Oregon, is excited to announce the opportunity for  businesses to apply to be a part of the High Desert Food Trail.  In communities across Oregon, passionate food lovers plot Trails to introduce visitors to the distinctive food and drink of their region.

    The High Desert Food Trail  is self-guided and will tap into growing visitor demand for high quality and locally sourced products, agritourism and culinary experiences by elevating businesses through a regional brochure and other promotional opportunities. The Trail will build lasting connections and new…

  • Weather Alert - Excessive Heat Warning

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Get ready for some heat folks, it’s going to get really HOT in Oregon. This is the kind of heat we need to prepare for and be mindful of. Some things to think about during this heat wave.

    NEVER leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended, even with windows cracked or open. The interior of a car will build dangerous heat in just a few minutes during these temperatures. Limit time outdoors during the middle of the day. Drink extra water, wear sunscreen, and limit strenuous outdoor exercise. If you don’t have air conditioning, cool your home down at night by opening all windows to cooler nighttime air. Close windows in the morning to retain the cool air for…
  • Featured Artist Mike Gardelius

    Posted on in category Travel & Adventure

    Say hello to our current featured artist, Mike Gardelius. His photos in the ‘Featured Artist Gallery‘, capture Central Oregon in stunning beauty.

    Mike is a regular backyardbend contributor, hashtagging his Instagram post with #backyardbend so they show up in the ‘Gallery’ on the homepage. Share your post and be part of the community. There’s no algorithm or ads, just post shared in real time.

    You can find Mike on Instagram at @agentredbeard. Below is his bio. Give him a look and a shout out.

    Hi, my name is Mike and I was born and raised in Estacada, OR. I was able to start photography as a hobby when my wife bought my first camera as a gift about…

  • Pull Weeds Along the Deschutes with Coalition For The Deschutes and National Forest Service

    Posted on in categories Event , Travel & Adventure

    Coalition For The Deschutes is organizing an event to pull invasive weeds along the Deschutes River in collaboration with the Deschutes National Forest. We’ll mostly be pulling knapweed and possibly some other invasives such as cheatgrass. With a small group of people spending two or three hours on the job, significant areas can be cleared and kept free of knapweed. And it’s fun and greatly appreciated!

    When: Wednesday, June 16th
    Time: 9:00 am – noon
    Where: Along the Deschutes River Corridor, site TBD
    (Don’t forget to bring your Forest Pass or other valid parking permit.)

    It’s helpful to know how many people to expect, so please let us know if you plan…