Redmond, Oregon, isn’t known for its dog parks and other pet-friendly attractions, but luckily, Bend, Oregon, (which is only 12 miles away) has plenty of fun for your four-legged friends! Let’s start off with the Metolius River Trail in the Deschutes National Forest. The Metolius River Trail is an easy 12-mile hike that follows the river at the base of Black Butte. Clear your schedule if you plan to hike Metolius River Trail because it will take you a good six hours. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to hike the trail, and horses and bikes are not allowed. Fido is more than welcome to join you, however, just make sure he’s under your control at all times. You can decide whether or not he’s leashed.
Is a six-hour hike a little too overwhelming for you, but you still want a good place to hike with your pooch? Consider the Todd Lake Trail on National Forest Dev Road in Bend, Oregon. The Todd Lake Trail is a fairly easy, 5.6-mile hike that will only take you four hours to complete. That’s a bit friendlier, now isn’t it? A Northwest Forest Pass is required to hike this trail. Your canine companion is more than welcome to partake in the journey and join you, but it is recommended entirely that she stays on her leash at all times due to the popularity of this trail.
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about those of you who don’t want to hike. Overturf Park on NW 17th Street in Bend, Oregon, has a special area for dogs to run off-leash and enjoy the dog days of summer...or fall, or winter, or spring. If you plan to wander around the rest of the park, your dog must be leashed. Please take the time and effort to clean up after your pets to keep the park looking beautiful.
Welcome to the neighborhood of Eagle Crest, a dog friendly neighborhood with one of the best view points in the area! Residents and their furry friends truly love getting a whiff of fresh air at the Cline Falls State Scenic View Point. Located along the Deschutes River, people and pups alike can enjoy activities such as swimming, fishing, and picnicking. Amenities include washrooms and BBQ’s for your use! Grill up something to eat and spend a day here with your best friend and family. This park offers lots of trails for your exploration and scenic points along the way.
Hungry, but got your pup in tow? That’s no problem in this Redmond neighborhood! Head over to One Street Down Cafe, where you can enjoy local food, or even breakfast for dinner, on their outdoor patio with your dog. Jersey Boys Pizzeria is the place to go for a pawtastic pie, where you can sip one of thier fifty rotating beers on tap on their outdoor patio with your pup. For classic Americana, visit Bogey’s Burgers for the best burger on earth with waffle fries. Here, they welcome your dog at their outdoor tables. Food coma making you sleepy? If you need a place to stay overnight in Redmond, try The Hub Motel nearby, where your dog of any size can sleep in with you for a very small fee.
The neighborhood of South West Redmond is home to two lovely parks with plenty of space for your pooch to run around. Head on over to Umatilla Sports Complex for some wide open space to play in. Watch a game of baseball, or spend some time with your best friend in the clearing on the west side of the park. There is a playground here, as well as benches and washrooms. On the northern end of the neighborhood rests Hayden Park. Hayden Park is a smaller park, offering washrooms, playgrounds, benches, and picnic tables. It is noted as a quiet park, great for some off leash fun with your well-behaved pup.