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Redmond, Oregon

Redmond, Oregon has long been known as the Hub of Central Oregon. It’s true in a variety of ways — the city is home to the Redmond Airport (RDM), which has 30 direct flights to cities all over the West Coast and beyond. It’s also home to the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, home to year-round large-scale events like concerts, trade shows and the annual Deschutes County Fair. Redmond also serves as a perfect microcosm of what a visit to Central Oregon should be. When you visit Redmond, you’ll find a vibrant downtown, great restaurants, craft beer and outdoor adventure.

Map of Redmond, Oregon

Need to know where to start? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a map of the Redmond, Oregon area to help find your way around:

A family walks toward the Redmond Airport after arriving via an Alaska plane in Central Oregon

A Redmond vacation starts with where to stay, and this city has a lodging option for every type of traveler. For those looking for a destination resort feel, Eagle Crest Resort will please with its active, family-friendly options. If boutique hotels are your jam, the new SCP Redmond Hotel is in the heart of the bustling downtown and offers a dizzying array of wellness amenities (and a rooftop bar). Redmond, Oregon is also home to a number of more traditional hotel options. But no matter where you stay, Redmond is waiting to delight.

For a sampling of Redmond’s best restaurants, prepare to experience the international. There’s Oishi, one of the finest sushi restaurants in Central Oregon, as well as Diego’s Spirited Kitchen, which offers a fresh take on Mexican food. Or swing over to General Duffy’s Waterhole, a food cart pod popular with locals. Odem Medo Theater Pub lets you combine all the makings of date night — dinner, drinks and a movie — into one.

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a rice bowl, salad and cocktail from SCP, Redmond OR

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Redmond, Oregon Attractions

The outdoor patio of Wild Ride Brew in downtown Redmond, Oregon in Central Oregon
Downtown Redmond, Oregon in Central Oregon

You know Central Oregon is a beer mecca — but you might not realize that Redmond has a very big part in Central Oregon’s brewing scene. Cascade Lakes Brewing started here in 1994 and continues to have a production facility and brew pub here. Since then, other excellent breweries have popped up all over this city. Wild Ride Brewing’s outdoor patio is essentially the living room of this community — grab a beer, dinner from the nearby food carts and sidle up to the firepits to meet the locals. You’ll also find The Vault Taphouse downtown, which serves Kobold Brewing pints. Farther afield in town are Porter Brewing and Dry Fields Cider, as well as a number of other bars. Distilleries are also beginning to crop up around Redmond in recent years — try a gin tasting at Gompers, and prepare to be wowed.

The Petersen Rock Garden & Museum is a truly original — and odd — attraction you’ll want to see. This 4-acre rock garden features replicas of famous buildings and other structures, all made from local rock and petrified wood. The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center is home to year-round events — trade shows, concerts and conferences, as well as the Deschutes County Fair, where you’ll learn more about Central Oregon’s rural roots and see big-name acts on stage each night, all wrapped up with the fair food and high-flying rides that you love.

Redmond has revamped its downtown quite a bit over the past few years, including by remodeling a stately school into the city’s beautiful city hall and developing Centennial Park, which in the summer has a splash pad and in the winter runs an ice-skating rink.

And for the shoppers, a stroll through downtown will reveal boutiques, public art and a number of unique antique shops. Beyond the Ranch Antiques is 6,500 square feet chock full of treasures, from old soda pop signs to saddles and everything in between.

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Things to do near Redmond, Oregon

A family rock climbs at Smith Rock State Park in Central Oregon
Man jumps off rocks at Steelhead Falls near Redmond, Oregon.

Outdoor adventure is the name of the game in the high desert of Redmond, Oregon. The city is known for its mountain bike trails, hiking and even caving. Redmond is known for its delightful parks. Running north to south through much of the city is the Dry Canyon, with trails, playing fields and other outdoor attractions like a disc golf course. The city has an innovative play structure that is accessible for all ages and abilities called Hope Playground.

Perhaps the top attraction near Redmond is Smith Rock State Park. This is one of Oregon’s seven wonders, and it’s a 15-minute drive from downtown Redmond. Smith Rock State Park is known as one of the greatest places in the United States for rock climbing, and is considered the birthplace of U.S. sport climbing. But even if you’re not a rock climber, you’ll want to spend time here. Rock spires jutting into the blue sky and a deep river canyon provide unforgettable views. You can hike or bike here, but be prepared with good shoes and lots of water.

For those looking to enjoy Central Oregon’s golf courses, you’ll find nearby Eagle Crest’s courses the perfect getaway — it even has a fun putting course that is surprisingly challenging. In town, Juniper Golf Course is a municipal-owned 18 holes that provides a low-cost option.

Also just a short trip from Redmond, Steelhead Falls is a dramatic and secluded waterfall where many locals swim in the summer. The out-and-back 1-mile hike skirts along jagged, colorful cliffs and leads to a variety of swimming holes. This is a perfect spot on a hot day.

And back in Redmond, Cline Falls is a pretty spot with plenty of places to sit with a picnic and enjoy the sounds of the Deschutes River. The falls is just a short hike from the Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint, and you’ll also be able to see some preserved historic buildings.

More stories from Redmond

More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.

  • Central Oregon Hiking Trails
    Central Oregon Hiking Trails

    Head east on Highway 20 (Greenwood Avenue) to the Pilot Butte State Park. The parking area and trailhead are just east of the butte. Walk on either the nature trail or the paved road. The road is also for vehicle traffic, weather permitting. It is a wonderful viewpoint for the entire Bend area. This hiking trail is one of the most popular in Central Oregon.

  • How to Beat the High Desert Heat
    How to Beat the High Desert Heat

    During the dog days of summer, one of your best options to beat the heat is to head up to the high lakes and splash around. But when you’re on vacation with the family sometimes all you want to do is go and relax at the pool. Luckily, Central Oregon has a handful of great places to soak up the sun in between cooling off in the water.

  • Panacea at the Canyon: Central Oregon’s Luxury, Off-the-Grid Retreat
    Panacea at the Canyon: Central Oregon’s Luxury, Off-the-Grid Retreat

    Central Oregon has no shortages of places to unwind. From the banks of a high-alpine lake to a trail alongside the Deschutes River, you don’t have to go very far from your hotel room to find an escape from the real world.

  • Pumpkin Patches + Petting Zoos = Fall Family Fun
    Pumpkin Patches + Petting Zoos = Fall Family Fun

    As soon as the first hint of autumn rolls around, my three kids ask on a regular basis when we can go to the pumpkin patch. This is not simply because they’re eager to gather Halloween décor. To my kids (all under the age of 12), fall means visiting the farm and getting all the animal petting, ropes course playing and barbecue eating they can squeeze into one afternoon.

  • Winter Isn’t Only About Snow in Central Oregon
    Winter Isn’t Only About Snow in Central Oregon

    It’s true that when winter rolls around in Central Oregon, most people’s minds veer toward things to do in the snow. With Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo, sno-parks and more, there’s plenty of options for folks to get out and play.

  • Favorite Year-Round Mountain Bike Spots
    Favorite Year-Round Mountain Bike Spots

    When winter comes and the snow falls, some of Central Oregon’s popular mountain biking trails become a little too muddy to ride – which means some of the unheralded spots in the region get a little more love. Places like Smith Rock can get scorching hot (and quite crowded) in the summer making it a great spot to head come winter. Want some good locals tips on where to ride? Ask the folks at Hutch’s Bicycles, Pine Mountain Sports or The Hub Cyclery for the 4-1-1, or set up a tour with Cog Wild Mountain Bike Tours and Shuttles.

  • Outward Bound in the City: Central Oregon’s 5 Best Urban Hikes
    Outward Bound in the City: Central Oregon’s 5 Best Urban Hikes

    Hiking in Central Oregon can take you deep into the wilderness, far away from worry and stress. But sometimes all you need is a quick break from reality…just a half hour or so outside in nature, on a trail, alone with your thoughts (or with your dog, husband and two kids.) There are hundreds of hikes and trails available in and around Bend, Oregon and Sunriver, Oregon. These “Urban Hikes” are the perfect remedy to slow down our all-too-busy lives.

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    Photographer Shares Insights on Iconic Smith Rock Eclipse Image

    Days of planning. Hours of climbing. One minute of perfection. How a small team of athletes and photographers pulled off the most iconic image of Eclipse 2017.

  • Central Oregon Golf: Best Par 3s
    Central Oregon Golf: Best Par 3s

    Play a good golf course and chances are that when you’re back at the 19th hole, you’re talking about the Par 3s. The short one you made double on. The bear where you snaked in a 20-footer for your only birdie all month. They’re the “short” holes that can make or break a round. Some of the signature holes on the Central Oregon Golf Trail are Par 3s. Here’s a look at some of the best.

  • The Scenic Waterfalls in Central Oregon
    The Scenic Waterfalls in Central Oregon

    Is there anything more satisfying—anything more awe-inspiring—than gazing upon a thundering waterfall, its raging waters tumbling over ancient rock walls? Does it get any better than seeing a waterfall reach full boil in the midst of an otherwise quiet river as it crashes through a rock-lined canyon?