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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.
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Cascade Lakes Canoeing
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.
$75 - $100
Limited Entry Cave Tour
Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for cave tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this epic subterranean tour on Bend’s ponderosa pine-studded high desert. Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight sweet bits of these cool caverns that might not initially meet the eye. This experience is private, not a public accessible cave. Naturalist Guided Experience: During our 2 hours underground, in the darkest, quietest spot earth can provide, we may impart an understanding of the region’s geology- how massive volcanoes created these wonders. Or we might share how the cave habitat provides for creatures important to human life. Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour. Caves: Bend’s lava caves have a delicate ecosystem that few have experienced to the fullest! Wanderlust Tours is the only guide company permitted in these special lava caves. These caves are also wild, meaning they do not have a paved path or lighting. Closed toe shoes are recommended for navigating the uneven rocky surfaces. Cave Difficulty: Mother Nature has created a wonderfully diverse array of caves that offer a variety of experiences. All of the caves we visit are wild, meaning other than the staircase to enter them there are no man made improvements put into the caves (walkways or lights). The walking surface is uneven and can be varying degrees of rugged and rocky.In our estimation, this cave presents an easier degree of difficulty. The walking surface is mostly level and sandy with occasional rocky sections. There are still fun opportunities towards the back of the cave for some scrambling and crawling for those interested.On all our cave tours, our guides are attentive to keeping the pace suitable to all members of the group so that everyone can move at a comfortable speed.
$85 - $110
Full Day Walk-In Upper Deschutes River
This is an adventure for the angler looking to “stalk” fish on foot at one of our local rivers. Never is a strenuous hike required, often the fishing “hole” is located within a few minutes of walking from the guide’s vehicle. This is the perfect trip for families and new anglers looking for an unforgettable day of fly fishing near Bend. Both the Fall River and the Crooked River are perfect for Walk-In trips. For our walk-in trips, you will meet your guide at a predetermined location and then either carpool or caravan to the chosen water.
$475 - $733.32
Half Day Boat Trip: Cascade Lakes
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.
Cascade Lakes Tour (4 Hours)
Cascade Lake Adventure! Amazing Experience through the Cascades of Oregon. Drive or ride in your private Polaris RZR. Outriders will show you the way through the true back country of Central Oregon. The fresh air and beauty of Central Oregon will surround you. Come check out the fascinating terrain of The Deschutes National Forest
Local Pour Craft Beverage Tour
About The Local Pour Craft Beverage TourAdventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier provider of craft beverage tours in the Bend, Oregon area! Tasting, enjoying friends, comfort and safety are what you can expect on this trail of sipping adventure. Naturalist Guided Experience: Bend’s locally owned pour houses provide tantalizing tastes for the curious tongue! Did you know Bend is home to artisan distilleries, cideries, wineries and kombucha breweries? Join us on a Local Pour adventure to try delectable samples and see behind-the-scenes at a local production facility— get the best of all taste-bud-arousing-worlds in this immersive craft beverage tour!Libation Stops: Your professional guide will provide insights into the processes of distillation, fermentation, and the craft of libation production. Each Local Pour Tour is unique, visiting our partners at their availability. Your expert guides will provide personally tailored information about fermentation science.Three pour houses, with a behind-the-scenes look and light appetizers at one stop.
Bend Mountain Bike Shuttle
Meet at Cog Wild to catch the shuttle to Bend's trailheads along Century Drive. Each shuttle will drop at all 3 trailheads. Wanoga is the lowest, Sawmpy in the Middle and Dutchmans is the highest drop point. Please choose your desired trailhead when booking. Wanoga and Swampy drops are $15 per person. Dutchman is $20 per personThis is a one way shuttle, plan your route to end back at Cog Wild. All shuttles are non-guided. Shuttle riders need to be self sufficient: bring a map and have a route in mind, carry a first aid kit since there is no bike patrol out there. Carry enough food, water and clothing to support a day in the woods.If you have a large group and are interested in a Private shuttle please call us at 541-385-7002Rental bikes are not included in the cost of the tour. Please contact us directly with questions about the activity.Please sign the waiver, which is good for the entire year. Bend Trails and Trail Forks are great sites for researching which trail to ride for your group’s skill level and goals for the day. Maps are available to purchase at Cog Wild.
$15 - $20
Bend Rock Gym
1 LOCATION – 3 GYMS – INFINITE POSSIBILITIES!
$15 - $20
Cascade Lakes Kayak Tours
Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range.Adventure: Wanderlust Tours is the premier destination for canoe tours in Bend, Oregon! Join us on this iconic paddling tour on the high elevation mountain lakes in the mighty Cascade Range. Naturalist Guided Experience: Our renowned naturalist guides will highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. During our 2 hours on the water, along with the fun and sun, we may impart an understanding of the region’s geology- how fire and ice built and sculpted our landscape. Or we might highlight how wetlands surrounding the lake provide incredible habitat for vocal avians amped on finding great lakeside food! Your crew will be energized with revelations about natural and cultural history that’ll keep your mind humming with delight long after you return home with fond memories of the tour. Location: Wear your swimsuit for a refreshing dip along with eco-friendly sunscreen! You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. With sweeping views of our local mountains, our Bend, Oregon canoe tours have it all!Our kayaks are tandem sit-on-top models, which are comfortable, fun, and easy to paddle. Kayak tours are best for those over the age of 8, and the weight limit is 450 lbs per kayak. If you want to paddle with younger kids, consider our Canoe Tour!
$75 - $100
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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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.
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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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Your Guide to Biking in Redmond, Oregon
Redmond, Oregon is located in the high desert between Bend to the south and Terrebonne—home of Smith Rock State Park—to the north. The city is perfectly situated to explore Central Oregon’s biking trails. As a lesser known destination for outdoor recreation, Redmond can sometimes feel like a local’s secret playground, featuring tons of trails to explore. From a pump track in town to the nearly limitless access to the nearby mountain biking trails of Central Oregon, avid bikers should consider a stop in Redmond for some adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.