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Explore Redmond's Backyard

Explore Redmond's Backyard

Dry Canyon and Cline Buttes offer great outdoor opportunities for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and nature enthusiasts
Everybody loves options. Whether it's deciding which of the 20+ breweries in Central Oregon to visit or which trail to take, we love having choices.

High Desert Horror Story

Getting that 'Bend starter kit' of outdoor equipment is tougher this year, with gear shortages happening locally and nationally
What's more traumatic to a Bendite? Ravaged and empty shelves where toilet paper once was, or not knowing when you'll receive that new piece of recreation equipment you ordered months ago?

Boaters' Lament

Low river flows abound—a bummer for recreationalists and ecology alike
As soon as we left the bank, sharky rocks were biting at our oars on every side. A scrape here, a drag there.

Diving into Multi-Day Inflatable Paddleboarding

Spending a night—or many—with your boat, your gear and a gaggle of stars
Have you ever dreamt about paddling out to a distant shoreline or island and spending the night? If you have, then this article is for you!

Riding for the Environment

SnoPlanks collaborates with surf legend Gery Lopez on a line of skateboards aimed at supporting natural spaces
Started in 2012 by James Nicol, SnoPlanks has since become a fixture of the extreme sports world in Bend and beyond, with its handmade skateboards and snowboards. So it makes sense that its latest collab is with legendary surfer Gerry Lopez, aka Mr. Pipeline.

The Pride Must Go On

June's Pride Month events include music, beer, drag... and climbing
In other years, the month of June is marked by Pride parades in cities around the globe—including here in Bend. While the pandemic may be waning and more events are starting to come, OUT Central Oregon and its partners opted to focus energy during this year's Pride Month on smaller activities beyond a parade.

Back on Track: Bend Area Summer Bike and Running Races

In-person events—and the occasional remote one—for summer 2021
Prepping for a race can be the motivating factor for many: Will I sit on this couch tonight, or will I get ready for that thing I signed up for months ago? With local running and cycling races popping up in greater numbers than they did in 2020, it may be easier this season to find reason to do the latter.

Gear Up

If You're New Here: Tips to prep for summer in Bend
If you're a Central Oregon local and an archetypal Bendite, you're probably already starting to plot a course to maximize your outdoor Disneyland experience this summer. Breweries, rivers and trails, oh my.

Explore New Heights and Get Ready to Move Mountains

A rock climbing guide service hopes to inspire anyone to get out there
As the weather gets warmer and the snow season winds down, climbers are ready to tackle the towering scenes at Smith Rock State Park. If you are new to rock climbing (like me!), it may be a relief to find that there are plenty of guided tours, clinics and classes throughout the region.

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day

If You're New Here: How to float like a local this summer
Can you believe it's almost that time of year again—when you can slip into the Deschutes River on an inner tube and float downstream like Central Oregon royalty #livingyourbestlife?! Although a few more storm systems are blowing the last of this year's pow up at the mountain, down in town, the weather's been almost float-worthy. 

Sheroes: Healing with Acupuncture and Herbs

The busy athletes of Bend get support in optimizing athletic performance and health with local 'shero' Ileana Bourland
Lying on the table at Heal Grow Thrive Medicine, looking up at the familiar origami crane mobile in each treatment room, I'm immediately set at ease. As a mediocre athlete trying to get to the bottom of chronic neck and back pain, licensed acupuncturist Ileana Bourland was recommended to me by a local yogi.


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Sunriver Music Festival’s Festival Faire: An Outdoor Overture! - SHARC John Gray Amphitheater

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