Tent Camping Near Redmond, Oregon

Tent Camping Near Redmond, OregonFlanked by the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, the Redmond, Oregon area offers campers numerous opportunities for outdoors adventure. The area's campgrounds feature on-site bird-watching, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and fishing, with still more outdoor opportunities to be found in the Oregon state parks and national forests in the surrounding area.

Smith Rock State Park (pictured above)

Smith Rock State Park is only five miles north of Redmond. The park has a walk-in, tents-only campground located 200 yards from the park's information center. This campground offers showers and a restroom. Campfires are prohibited, and the use of camping stoves is permitted only in designated areas.

Situated in arid terrain around a bend in the Crooked River, the park has trails for hiking and mountain biking, as well as thousands of rock climbing sites in the Crooked River canyon.

Smith Rock State Park
9241 NE Crooked River Drive
Terrebonne, OR 97760‎


Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center

The Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center has a RV campground with two tents-only areas on the north and south ends of the facility. There are 10 tent sites in total, each with its own electrical hookup. The two tent-camping areas contain their own central water taps, while the campground as a whole is serviced by a central shower house and coin laundry.

The campground is primarily for RVs, so it is open and offers little tree shade. However, it is situated less than a mile from the intersection of U.S. 97 and Route 126, and therefore offers a central location for exploring the outdoor attractions around Redmond. It is roughly three miles from the Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint.

Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center
3800 SW Airport Way
Redmond, OR 97756

Ochoco Lake Campground

Ochoco Lake Campground is a Crook County recreational facility located a little over 15 miles to the east of Redmond. It is usually open from April through October every year, depending on the weather. The lightly wooded campground has 22 sites with gravel parking pads and a grassy area with a picnic table. Four more hike-in campsites are also available. The campground provides four water taps, showers, firewood sales and a fish cleaning station. With its lake access, the campground has on-site boating and fishing.

Crook County Parks and Recreation District
398 NE Fairview
Prineville, OR 97754

Cold Springs Campground

Cold Springs is 23 miles from Redmond, going west on Highway 242. It is located amid a forest of ponderosa pine, next to the chilly waters of the appropriately named Cold Springs. The campground has 23 joint tent-and-RV sites, and is serviced by a picnic area, vault toilets and hand-cranked water pumps. Open from April to September, the campground is also considered to be a good bird-watching area.

Cold Springs Campground
4.2 miles west of Sisters on Highway 242

Indian Ford Campground

Located 25 miles from Redmond, Indian Ford Campground is a public campground situated in the Sisters-Metolius Area of Deschutes National Forest. Open from May to September, it has 25 tent-and-RV sites. The campground is on the primitive side, though, as it is serviced only by vault toilets and lacks even water taps. The campground is in a forested area next to Indian Ford Creek, and is defined by the National Forest Service as a good bird-watching area.

Indian Ford Campground
5.6 miles northwest of Sisters on Highway 20

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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