Plan Your Visit To
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
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Plan your adventure to Central Oregon.
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination to explore the belly of a volcano in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this super engaging series of walks inside this massive volcano. Naturalist Guided Experience: At 6,300 feet, our journey will take us to a mountain of pumice and obsidian— black volcanic glass integral to human life! We may explore the shores of the sparkling Paulina Lake where Native Americans once called home. Our knowledgeable guides can introduce you to an old-growth hemlock forest where you’ll see decaying logs that possess more living mass than when the tree was alive and standing. Cool facts like this await illumination on our volcano trip. A combination of short, easy walks totaling just under 2 miles.Our Volcano Tour is the perfect outing for your corporate group or family reunion in Bend, Oregon because it caters to all ability levels! Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$70 - $95
Cascade Lakes Boat Trip
Nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range just west of Bend are over 10 quality stillwater fisheries. Couple these unique fly fishing lakes with the nearby streams, creeks, and rivers, and you get a fly fishers dream. Located a short drive from downtown Bend, these lakes range from modest to grand in size. One aspect they all share is beauty. When you visit one of these fly fishing treasures, youll agree.A fly fishing trip to one of the Cascade Lakes is best suited for anglers looking for relatively low impact and highly productive outings. If you are interested in a positive first fishing experience with your son, daughter, or non-angling spouse, consider a trip to East Lake or Lava Lake. During the peak of the season on either lake, we can practically guarantee they catch some fish. Your guide will meet you at the designated location at a predetermined time. Packed with everything you'll need for a successful day of fishing, you will travel with your guide to the lake of choice. A full day trip will span 8 hours for fishing, and includes a lake-side BBQ lunch.
$400 - $525
Bonfire on the Snow Snowshoe Tours
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours invented this one-of-a-kind snowshoe tour under the light of our solar system’s twinkling lights. Cruising on snowshoes, our destination is a hand-carved amphitheater in the snow where a crackling bonfire awaits. Join us for a magical meander through the powdery snow-filled forest at night in the Cascade Mountains west of Bend, Oregon. Naturalist Guided Experience: Kicking through the snow-laden forest after the fall of darkness, our nose will, in part, lead us to a Michaelangelo-esque creation- an amazing snow built amphitheater. When the whiff of pine hits our nostrils anticipation will grow for a taste of delectable desserts and hazelnut espresso vodka-laced hot cocoa. Our naturalist guides will point out planets, stars and constellations as we relax in the glow of the fire. The hushed ambience of the forest will stir your soul. The magic of this wholly unique experience will remain instilled within you forever!Location: Snowshoeing tours take place in the areas around Mt. Bachelor and the surrounding Deschutes National Forest of the Cascade Mountain Range of Oregon. New to off-trail snowshoeing? Let Wanderlust Tours do the driving and teach you fun snowshoeing techniques and tricks. All tours include instruction. Wear winter boots and powder/ski pants to keep your feet and legs dry while snowshoeing.
Bend Rock Gym
North GymBRG’s North Gym is the core of the BRG complex. At roughly 13,000 sq ft, it’s the largest of BRG’s facilities. It serves as the main entry point for Bend Rock Gym. It hosts our front desk where we facilitate all member and guest check in, point of sale, and back of house operations. Below is a more in-depth overview of the facility and its features:50ft Walls (13,000 sq ft)200 Lead, Top Rope and Autobelay Routes (Set Weekly)13 Autobelays3 artificial cracks for crack climbing practiceSouth Gym BRG’s South Gym was the original BRG building when the business was founded in 2010. At roughly 7,000 sq ft, it’s the home of half of BRG’s bouldering and autobelay terrain. It serves as the primary space BRG youth programs. It also hosts the administrative staff of our competitive climbing team partner, Bend Endurance Academy. Below is a more in-depth overview of the facility and its features.35ft Walls9 Autobelays90+ Boulder Problems (Set Weekly)Campus BoardWest Gym BRG’s West Gym is our newest complex. At 11,000 sq ft, the West Gym houses dynamic bouldering terrain, comprehensive fitness amenities, and elite climbing training amenities to take your climbing to the next level. To access the West Gym, one must be a member or punch card holder at BRG.15ft Walls90+ Boulder Problems (Set Weekly)Free Weights & Olympic Lifting CageCampus BoardMoon & Tension Boards (LED Walls)40ft Spray Wall 30/40 degreesHang board station with 15+ hang boards
$15 - $20
$149 Bungee Jump
Welcome to Central Oregon Bungee Adventures, the premier bungee jumping operation in the United States!Established in 2015, Oregon Bungee is the brain child of long time Bend resident James Scott. Scott, a long time BASE jumper, skydiver and bungee jumper, is excited to bring his flavor of fun to the Central Oregon region.Located at the high bridge in beautiful PS Ogden State Park, the bungee site offers stunning views of the Crooked River Gorge and Cascade Mountains. A typical season runs from May through October, weather permitting.Please call ahead or check this website for reservations and availability information. Thanks for visiting, we hope to see you on the bridge soon!
A unique, 1 hr floating, fusion workout combined with deep stretching. Group games and fun time on the JDSUP floating class barge as well as guided floating meditation. After class, you can paddle on the only paddleboard in the world that connects your board with your friends board so you can explore a bit of Elk Lake together! This is a Group Paddle class that can take up to a total of 6 participants at one time. Each participant will have a board between them and the next participant so that everyone can feel safe about social distancing. The tour boards connect together and the instructors, Shondra or JD, will guide the connected group of boards to a designated area in the lake for group meditation, fun workout, and stretch and mobility activities.
Boomerang Bike Rental
The Pedego Boomerang is the most accessible electric bike ever. The ultra-low, 9” step-thru frame makes riding fun and easy for more people.A Pedego electric bike rental is the very best way to experience Bend and beyond! The nearby bike trails are safe and breathtakingly beautiful.Visitors always say it’s the most fun and memorable activity of their trip. And locals are surprised to find such an amazing experience right in their own backyard.Wherever you’re from, we’ll bend over backward to make sure you leave with a giant smile on your face!We deliver and pick up for Rentals watch for upcoming Rental Tent Locations. Let have some social distancing” FUN ”Locks and helmets are included with every rental.
$30 - $60
Daytime Nature Photography Tour
Guided Photography Tours in Bend, Oregon and beyond.Want to capture the spectacular beauty of Oregon’s mountain and high desert landscape? Wanderlust Tours has partnered with one of Central Oregon's most talented landscape photographers to bring you the best Bend Oregon Nature Photography Tours. Join celebrated photographer Mike Putnam in venturing out to capture iconic images found only in Central Oregon. Don’t see the date you’re looking for? Please call our office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
$125 - $350
Deschutes River Photo Tour
Running through the middle of Bend, the Deschutes River offers plenty of amazing photo ops. Starting in town we will either head Dowtown Bend, to Dillon Falls or start at Shevlin Park and explore. This tour can include some moderate walking. We'll show you our favorite shots based on how active you want to be.Private Tour capped at 2 people to ensure personalized instruction and individualized attention.You'll have around 1 hr at each location.Tour Price: $299 up to 2 people
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.
Redmond, Oregon Attractions
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.
Things to do 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.
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More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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?