RDM: 5 Things We Love About Oregon’s Redmond Municipal Airport

Oregon’s Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM), located in the heart of Central Oregon, is the state’s 3rd largest airport and is served by 5 airlines: American Airlines, Alaska Air, Avelo Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.

Travelers can fly non-stop from here to Burbank, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Seattle. 

Stuck at the Airport stopped by for a visit and spotted (more than) 5 Things to Love About Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM).

1: Compassionate Therapy Dogs

Compassionate Canines Certified Therapy Dog Teams are often on duty in the ticketing, baggage, and gate areas of the terminal.

2. Art at RDM

For a small airport, RDM has a lot of art.

Look for temporary art installations and lots of permanent art pieces, including the hard-to-miss section of a Western Juniper tree by the TSA checkpoint. Common in the high desert of Central Oregon, this juniper tree is thought to be more than 500 years old.

Learn more about the art at Redmond Municipal Airport here.

3. Sasquatch

Central Oregon is prime Bigfoot (or Sasquatch)-hunting country. And the Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) is probably the only place you are assured of spotting the elusive creature.

When RDM’s Sasquatch sculpture first moved in, he was carrying a pink suitcase. These days he’s helping the airport get ready for its terminal expansion project.


Take a book, leave a book

RDM has two locations for its “Flybrary” – one post-security and one in the bag claim area – where passengers are encouraged to leave a book that they’ve finished and take a new one left by another traveler or supplied by the airport.

5. Play areas for kids

Like a lot of airports, Redmond Municipal Airport has play areas for kids. A nice bonus here is that in addition to the post-security play area, RDM has a good-sized play area in the bag claim area. We spotted these kids having a great time in the toy helicopter.

Bonus: Sasquatch and Yeti Poo

We’re not sure why, but locally-themed souvenir ‘poo’ (usually chocolate-covered nut) is a big seller in airport gift shops.

At Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) Sasquatch and Yeti Poo – here it’s cotton candy – is one of the top sellers.

Bigfoot has moved into a small Oregon airport is a big fan of airport mascots. And Redmond Municipal Airport now has a really big one.

Central Oregon is prime Bigfoot (or Sasquatch)-hunting country. And the newest resident at Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) gives everyone a good look at the ever-elusive creature that tourists hope someday to see.

More than 6-feet tall, this Sasquatch creature toting a pink suitcase arrived at RDM just last week and he/she/it will remain in the terminal for the foreseeable future.

Because, really, who is going to tell a creature that looks like that to move along?

RDM hopes visitors will take selfies with the newly-arrived Sasquatch. And they also hope travelers will post those selfies to the airport’s Facebook page and/or share their photos via Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #RDMYeti, #centraloregonsasquatch or #FLYRDM.

And for those who would like to take home a Bigfoot souvenir beyond a photo, the two airport gift shops have plenty of great options.

Here are snaps of some of our favorite Bigfoot gifts. Beyond t-shirts and a great Sasquatch bottle opener, the options include a great addition to our growing collection of airport chocolate ‘poop’ souvenirs.

Please be on the alert for a great statue, mascot or souvenir at any airport you pass through. If you see something that’s fun and very local, please snap a photo and send it along. If your photo is featured on our Souvenir Sunday feature, we’ll send you a cool travel-themed souvenir.

Sasquatch spotted at Sea-Tac Int’l Airport

Travelers have been trying to get a glimpse of the storied but elusive Sasquatch – or Bigfoot – for ages.

Now he’s easy to spot at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Several Hudson shops I stopped into yesterday had extensive Sasquatch displays with t-shirts, mugs, stuffed animals and, my favorite category of kitschy souvenirs: candy Sasquatch ‘poop.’

SEA Sasquatch Poop

Traveling in search of legendary creatures

Courtesy, International Crytoozoology Museum in Maine, Gordon Chibroski

Monsters don’t just live under beds and in closets. Many travelers and cryptozoologists – people whose study of creatures includes some that may have not yet been proven to exist –say Bigfoot and his legendary brethren are out there; you just need to know where to look.

Here are some of the creatures I found for a Strange Sightings slide show on Bing Travel:

Sasquatch/Big Foot

Sasquatch footstep castings, from the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore

He’s huge, hairy and shy. Not your Uncle Jack; but the ape-like beings known as Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, said to roam the woods in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. Bigfoot hunters claim they’ve gathered everything from Sasquatch film footage to hair samples, footprints and droppings left behind by the beast. But while the Big Foot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) has records of Sasquatch sightings in almost every state –more than 500 in Washington alone – so far no one captured one of these creatures.

Sighting tip: Spot a Sasquatch? Keep your distance. At least two Washington State counties are official Big Foot refuge areas where hurting or slaying a Sasquatch is punishable by hefty fines, jail sentences or both.

Mothman statue, Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman: Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Reports of a strange being described as bird-like and shaped like a man, but much bigger, with red eyes, a screeching voice and a wingspan of perhaps eight feet, began surfacing in Point Pleasant,West Virginia in the mid-1960s. Dubbed “Mothman,” this creature went on to be featured as a character in books, video games, TV show episodes and films, including The Mothman Prophecies (2002), with Richard Gere. Today, downtown Point Pleasant sports a Mothman Museum and, in Gunn Park, a shiny mothman-statue.

Sightings tip: Mothman fans gather in Point Pleasant each Fall for the annual Mothman Festival where events include guest speakers, film screenings and the Miss Mothman Pageant.


Early Canadian First Nations people called the creature said to be living in Lake Okanagan ‘N’ha-a-tik.’ But as years went by, the thing witnesses swore was a sea serpent with a horse-like head, and which song penned in 1924 called “a cross between a pollywog and a whale,” became known as Ogopogo. Residents and visitors to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley still keep their eyes peeled Ogopogo and report a few sightings a year.

Sightings tip: A statue of Ogogopo can be seen in Kerry Park, in Kelowna, B.C.

Fairies, Yetis, Nessie and other legendary creatures tomorrow…