Plan Your Visit to Redmond, Oregon
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Things To Do In Redmond
Best Time to Visit Redmond, Oregon
Sitting in the heart of Oregon's high desert, Redmond boasts four seasons of fun. Here's what to expect all year long.
Redmond’s mornings start off nice and brisk (with average lows in the 30s), and its afternoon’s stay somewhat cool all spring long—with average high temperatures hovering between the low 50s (in March and April) and the mid-60s (in May). Those mild temperatures make spring the perfect time to explore nearby Smith Rock State Park and other local attractions before the busy summer months. Redmond only sees two to four days of rain per month, but it never hurts to bring a jacket and hat.
Expect high temperatures to reach the 80s or 90s, so try to get an early start (and bring plenty of water) while attending the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo in August. Nighttime lows dip into the pleasant mid-40s once the sun sets, so bring an extra layer if you plan to spend the night out.
In a region that can see hot summers and chilly winters, autumn offers a respite from the extremes; crisp mornings lead to warm afternoons and cool evenings—ideal weather for hitting the links at resorts just outside Redmond. High temperatures reach 75º in September, gradually cooling to about 50º in November; the season’s first frost usually appears by early October, and low temperatures in the 30s are common as fall turns to winter.
Winter is the wettest season around Redmond, (though it still only has four to five days of rain or snowfall per month), so consider heading indoors and perusing Redmond’s craft beer scene. The high-desert community receives about 24 inches of snowfall per year, but it rarely sticks for long; afternoon sunshine typically melts most snow away within hours. Plan to bundle up; wintertime highs typically reach the mid-40s—and lows dip into the 20s.
Nestled in the high desert plateau, 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), the main airport for Central Oregon and the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, and to many events included the Deschutes County Fair & Rodeo.
As the second largest city in Central Oregon, Redmond has a vibe of its own; a charming downtown corridor with a plethora of dining options, excellent access to the outdoors - trails, caves and waterfalls, Smith Rock State Park, and so much more.
Stay in Redmond
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 style, the SCP Redmond Hotel is in the heart of the bustling downtown and offers a dizzying array of wellness amenities (3 different eateries 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.
Dine in Redmond
Sample some of Redmond's best restaurants. Redmond has a variety of options from authentic Mexican dishes at Carnival to the outdoor food cart pod + newly added outdoor event venue at General Duffy's Waterhole. Head to the Brickyard for steaks, or keep it casual with wood-fired pizza in the restored church at Grace & Hammer. Grab sushi at Oishi, one of the finest sushi restaurants in Central Oregon, or hyperlocal field-to-table dishes from Terra Kitchen. Odem Medo Theater Pub lets you combine all the makings of date night -- dinner, drinks and a movie -- into one.
Sip in Redmond
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 and cideries that have popped up all over this city.
Wild Ride Brew's outdoor patio is essentially the living room of this community -- grab a beer, and before dinner from the nearby food carts and sidle up to the firepits to meet the locals. General Duffy's has 20 local beers, cider and seltzers on tap as well as food carts and live concerts. 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.
Things to Do Near Redmond, Oregon
All Types of Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor adventure is the name of the game in the high desert of Redmond, Oregon. The city is known for its bike trails, water sports, and even caving. Redmond is also 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.
Looking for more of a guided experience? You can book everything from caves tours to hot air balloon rides to guided climbs in Smith Rock. Just book, relax and let the guides do the rest.
Visit Smith Rock State Park
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.
Experience the Falls
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. Once you've knocked these off your list, check out some of the other falls in the region.
Golfing on the Greens
For those looking to enjoy Central Oregon’s golf courses, you'll find a handful courses in Redmond. Nearby Eagle Crest’s courses are the perfect getaway including a fun putting course that is surprisingly challenging. In town, Juniper Golf Course is a municipal-owned 18 holes that provides an affordable option.
Central Oregon's Largest Event
The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center is home to year-round events -- trade shows, concerts and conferences, as well as the well-loved and attended, Deschutes County Fair that takes place in early August. There 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 and your kids will love. For more events throughout the year, check out our Redmond Events page.
Antiques and More
For 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 or the Antique mall, home to more than 65 vendors. Learn about other options for tax-free shopping in Redmond, and Bend which is just 20 minutes south of Redmond.