Just a few miles northwest of Bend is the vibrant town of Redmond - one of the fast growing communities in Oregon. Surrounded by juniper and sagebrush, this high desert town receives over 300 days of sunshine each year. Locals and visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation near Redmond including world-class rock climbing, spectacular whitewater rafting, excellent fly-fishing, and some of the best skiing and golf in the Pacific Northwest.
Redmond, OR is located just 15 miles northeast of Bend via Highway 97.
When you visit Redmond, Oregon, you will find plenty of options for lodging, including several hotels and a few RV parks. For dining, Redmond restaurants offer a variety of cuisine including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and steak and seafood. There are also several fast food places for a quick bite.
- Whitewater Rafting – The Deschutes River is known for having some of the best whitewater rapids in Oregon.
- Fishing – Several rivers and lakes near Redmond are notorious for excellent fly fishing.
- Rock Climbing – Smith Rock State Park, just northeast of Redmond, attracts avid rock climbers from all over the world. It has over 1800 climbing routes.
- Winter Recreation – Alpine and Nordic skiers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers will have no shortage of opportunity for winter fun near Redmond.
- Golf – Central Oregon boasts many championship and award-winning golf courses, many of which are an easy drive from Redmond.
While you’re in Redmond, be sure to explore at least one of the 5 lava tubes at the Redmond Caves. You’ll also want to be sure and visit the magical Peterson Rock Garden just southwest of town, where you’ll find miniature cottages, bridges, castles, and other beautiful rock structures. Just north of town off Hwy 97 is the Peter Skene Ogden State Park, which provides breathtaking views of the Crooked River Gorge and several Cascade peaks.
To get to Bend from Redmond, just take Hwy 97 south.