Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Redmond, Oregon for the many recreational opportunities. The dramatic spires and craggy palisades of Smith Rock State Park are just north of Redmond. World-class climbing adventures await both the neophyte and the experienced climber. There are also seven miles of hiking trails that follow the Crooked River and wind up the canyon walls to the top of the ridges. The Ogden Wayside Rest Area, also north of Redmond, allows visitors to view the 500 foot deep Crooked River Gorge, as well as breathtaking vistas of two of Oregon's highest mountains, Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson.
Fishing is a favorite past time in Redmond. Nearby lakes include Billy Chinook, Suttle, and Blue lakes, as well as the Ochoco, Haystack and Prineville reservoirs. Feel the thrill of rafting on the Deschutes River, or enjoy swimming and fishing for summer steelhead and rainbow trout. Along the Cascade Lakes Highway, there are many lakes open for fishing for brook, brown and rainbow trout.
Redmond is close to Mt. Bachelor, which has several prime skiing areas for alpine and cross country skiers. The season usually starts around Thanksgiving, and lasts well into spring. Night skiing is available at the Hoodoo Ski Bowl, 45 minutes from Redmond.
Campgrounds and campsites abound, since Redmond is close to the Three Sisters Wilderness Area and the Deschutes National Forest. There are also many state parks in the area, including Cove Palisades State Park. Located next to Lake Billy Chinook, the view from the park of the mountains and the beautiful shoreline provide the perfect backdrop for fishing, water skiing, hiking, and boating activities.
Since Redmond is only 14 miles north of Bend, you can participate in all of the amenities the larger city has to offer, while still enjoying the small town feel of Redmond. With so many recreational and tourism opportunities nearby, you'll want to stay a while in Redmond.