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Central Oregon Travel Guide


Redmond sits at the western end of Oregon's high desert, a handful of miles from the Deschutes River and within minutes of several lakes. It is a place where desert ranches meet runways, as it serves as the regional hub for air travel. It is the town nearest to Eagle Crest Resort and Smith Rock, a magnet for rock climbers. As with Deschutes County, Redmond has experienced rapid growth in the state during the past 10 years,

largely owing to a dry and mild climate and year-round downhill and cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and rockhounding. Still, this is no gentrified resort town à la Bend, as a stroll through the compact and historic downtown will attest. A few blocks of vintage buildings remain, but north–south traffic hustles through the city core, with most residents in neighborhoods strung out to the west. Centennial Park is a small but attractive open space with fountains and an expansive lawn, aspen trees, flowers, and a kiosk selling drinks and ice cream. The park is a great place for the kids to play in the splash fountain on a hot summer's day. A clock tower contains a time capsule buried in 2010, marking the centennial celebration of Redmond's founding.

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