The Petersen Rock Garden In Oregon, Is A One-Of-A-Kind Attraction Brimming With Creativity

Rock sculptures, castles surrounded by moats and ponds, rock bridges, and re-creations of famous buildings make this rock garden worth a visit.

Petersen Rock Garden. Photo by Wayne Hsieh via Flickr CC2.

Last updated on October 19th, 2021 at 11:34 am

Redmond Oregon has many interesting things to do, including mountain biking, golfing, rock climbing, and checking out the gorgeous natural beauty of Smith Rock State Park.  What you may not have heard of is the Petersen Rock Garden, which is listed on the National Register Of Historic Places.

The garden is a unique rockhound’s dream. Not that you can actually TAKE the rocks and minerals here, but you WILL find unique treasures to bring home from the gift shop. Personally, I’m always on the hunt for new rocks to add to my collection. While my crystals and jasper seem to collect dust on a shelf in my house, this amazing garden took “display” to a whole new level of awesome.

One of the beautiful creations you’ll find on a walk here. Photo by Rosie Linda via Flickr CC2.

Located off of Highway 97, the Garden was started in 1935 by Danish immigrant Rasmus Petersen. Rasmus created rock sculptures, castles made of rocks surrounded by moats and ponds, rock fountains, rock towers, rock bridges, and re-creations of famous buildings such as the Statue of Liberty.

Visitors to the Petersen Rock Garden can take in his creations by walking the gravel pathways crisscrossing the property and crossing some of the moats he created.

Petersen Rock Garden. Photo by Rosie Linda via Flickr CC2.

There’s also a gift shop and rock museum on site where you can check out agates, fossils, and rare geodes.

Petersen Rock Garden Information and How to Get There

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You’ve never seen a bridge quite like this one. Photo by PfeifferPhotos via Flickr CC2.
  • Hours: Open daily from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Admission: Suggested donation.
  • Location: 7930 SW 77th St, Redmond Oregon
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A rock wall at the Petersen Rock Garden. Photo by Bellbeefer via Flickr CC2.

Have you ever been to this unique Garden in Redmond Oregon?  What is your favorite sculpture at the rock garden?  Share your photos with us and tag the friends and family you want to go with!

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