Life on the High Desert is never dull. In the winter, the Cascades are capped with snow and peppered with skiers. In the summer, Redmond’s streets are alive with farmers markets, live music, and outdoor adventures. With so much to choose from, how do you know where to start? The community of Prairie Crossing in Redmond has a few ideas for how to make this summer in your Redmond, Oregon community your best yet.

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock is one of the hottest destinations in Central Oregon—both metaphorically and literally! Cited as one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, the area is known by many as the “birthplace of American sport climbing.” Hikers, climbers, runners, and adventurers alike flock to Smith Rock State Park on account of its vast basalt cliffs and breathtaking view of the mountains. To get the most out of your hike, head for the park around sunset to see the sweeping landscape of Central Oregon cast in a hazy golden light as the sun descends behind the Cascades.

There are a few paths you can take, depending on the hiking ability of your group. Misery Ridge is a steeper route, but it only takes about half an hour to reach the top of the formation, and the adventure is well worth the climb. For lower-impact exploration, walking along the base of the volcanic rock formation allows you to cool off by the river and meander through the park.

Whichever route you take, make sure you’re prepared. Bring walking shoes, water, and snacks to keep your journey (and your energy) going strong! If you’re still hungry after, swing by Smith Rock Brewing for burgers and beers to share your stories.

The Art of Alfred A. Dolezal Gallery

A well-kept secret of Central Oregon, Redmond is home to the gallery of Austrian artist Alfred A. Dolezal. The artist is best known for his cubistic and surrealistic style, use of dynamic colors, and thought-provoking imagery.

Browse through rooms of intricate oils on canvas and delve deeper by reading his provocative descriptions of each piece. You can take your exploration into painting one step further by participating in art classes led by Dolezal himself in the gallery’s studio.

This gallery is a hidden treasure, making it the perfect place to unwind and cool off on an arid summer day.

Prairie Crossing | Redmond, Oregon Community

At Prairie Crossing, we want to show you all that our Redmond, Oregon community has to offer. Our homes are designed to work with the existing community and the great outdoors that make the High Desert so special. Ready to learn more? Join our waitlist to get the first pick of our new Redmond homes.