The geographic heart of Central Oregon, Redmond is named for one of the first couples to settle a homestead in the area, Frank and Josephine Redmond. Redmond was formally incorporated on July 6, 1910.
The Redmonds, along with many others, settled in the center of Deschutes County because of its proximity to one of the area’s main irrigation canals and the railroad running through the center of town.
Redmond is within an hour’s drive of most of Central Oregon’s best known scenic and recreation attractions. A few examples are Smith Rock State Park, Lake Billy Chinook, the Ochoco Mountains and the Cascade Mountain Range.
On a sunny day, residents like to take a stroll around the city’s quaint, historic downtown area on their way to a summer market. Downtown Redmond features historic buildings, dozens of shops and several restaurants, and it hosts myriad community events attracting visitors from throughout Central Oregon.
The city recently celebrated its centennial year by dedicating Centennial Park, featuring a fountain, a clocktower, a food stand and green space on the corner of 7th and Evergreen, one block west of downtown.
The dedication and the festivities surrounding it marked not just the passing of time, but also the completion of several recent revitalization projects in the community. These include a Highway 97 reroute as well as recent improvements to roads, sidewalks and storefronts downtown.
The burgeoning south side of the city is home to Roberts Field, Central Oregon’s only airport with commercial airline service. The airport has expanded services to meet the ever-increasing travel demand and is served by Horizon Air (part of the Alaska Air Group); United Express and Delta Connections (provided by SkyWest Airlines); and Allegiant Air. Approximately 45 arriving and departing flights occur daily to and from Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.
Roberts Field is also home to Butler Air, Lancair, the USDA Forest Service and Wings of the Cascades, Spirit Flight.
Nearby is the 132-acre Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, a primary location for many events. A state-of-the- art facility, the Expo Center is busy year- round, with rodeos, high school proms and graduations, RV conventions and major concerts. Every year, the annual four-day Deschutes County Fair grows, now drawing more than 150,000 to its rides, concessions, exhibits, rodeos and big-name concerts.
The Eagle Crest resort community is located roughly twomiles west of Redmond’s city limits. Eagle Crest offers condo rentals, time shares and full-time living surrounding two championship golf courses, an 18-hole putting course and two driving ranges. In addition to its reputation as a golfers’ paradise, Eagle Crest boasts a sports center, equestrian center, tennis and racquetball courts, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs.
Crooked River Ranch offers scenic golfing and a ranch-like community about 10 miles to the north of Redmond. There are two motel complexes adjacent to the ranch golf course, as well as tennis courts, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar, and hot dog and snack shops.
The beautiful Crooked River Gorge can be enjoyed via the Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint, just 9 miles north of Redmond on Highway 97. Closer to town, the Dry Canyon Trail meanders 1.9 miles along a scenic canyon floor.
Find even more of what Redmond has to offer in Redmond Magazine.