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…
What could be more positive than the community coming together to give some TLC to our beloved Deschutes River. This annual event brings hundreds of like minded people together for a day of fun cleaning up the river and its banks. We even made a featured video about it a few years ago. WATCH IT HERE.
Come out on Saturday, July 31st for the 25th annual Deschutes River Cleanup! River cleanup activities will take place along the riparian areas of the Deschutes River at six different sites: Meadow Camp, Farewell Bend Park, Riverbend Park, McKay Park, First Street Rapids Park, and Tumalo State Park. Volunteers will help pull invasive weeds and remove litter from the stream banks, as well…
EVENTS: Stick Horse Races, Bareback Broncs, Saddle Broncs, Cowgirl Barrel Racing, Tie-down Roping, Cowgirl Breakaway Roping, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Bull Riding
Make it a day and a night and spend time at the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo.
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…
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…
County Fairs are resuming this summer and the Jefferson County Fair starts Wednesday. More INFO HERE.
Come get your County Fair on! Food, fun, games, carnival, rodeo, exhibits, music. All the good stuff!
Rodeo is a big part of the events and the KSJJ Rodeo Road Tour Sponsored by T-Mobile will be there. Pack up the family and head out to the Jefferson County Fair Grounds in Madras and make it a Central Oregon weekend.
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.
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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…
Live music is returning to Central Oregon and this show will sell out fast.Today’s Country KSJJ 102.9’s Summer Concert Series brings you Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles JR. August 26th outdoors at the Oregon Spirit Distillers! Tickets are ONLY $30 and are available WITHOUT ticket fees at the Growler Guys East & West or online at BendTicket.com! Presented by T-Mobile, Ninkasi Brewing, Avid Cider, Washington Trust Bank, & Flip Flop Sounds. For everything country music, visit More
Mudslinger Events- Oregon Outdoor Recreation brings back the High Cascades 100 Saturday July 17th.
Join friends and family for this 12 year tradition of riding 100 miles across our Central Oregon Cascades. More INFO HERE.
Starts and ends at the Athletic Club of Bend. Registration is still open. REGISTER HERE.