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Petersen Rock Garden

Central Oregon, Oregon

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  • Welcome to Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • A castle made of stones at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Some sculptures at Petersen Rock Garden are showing signs of wear and neglect.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Vegetation encroaches on some sculptures at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Lovely ponds dot the grounds, and there are sculptures along the edges and within the ponds, too. - Petersen Rock Garden
  • Shells, gems and other baubles and trinkets decorate the interesting constructions at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • A cute little nook for children at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • The Petersen Rock Garden would be a great place to sit and enjoy a picnic among the trees, rocks and peacocks.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Enjoy each piece of art from the paths and take care to leave it as you found it.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • There are surprises around every corner.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Peacocks roam the grounds at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Beautiful stone bridges may have been structurally sound decades ago.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • A reconstruction of the Statue of Liberty at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • The Petersen Rock Garden is set amid golden fields in the high desert between Bend and Redmond.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Flowers bloom at Petersen Rock Garden from spring to fall.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • The Petersen Rock Garden is truly a spectacle to behold.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • The museum contains rocks and gems that are too precious to leave outside.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • There are many places to sit and take in the sunshine at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Explore every path at Petersen Rock Garden to find all of Rasmus Petersen's quirky creations.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Look for critters among the lilypads.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • Colorful flowers are everywhere.- Petersen Rock Garden
  • A swan paddleboat sits in a small pond at Petersen Rock Garden.- Petersen Rock Garden
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Totally unique roadside attraction.
Cons: 
Goes through periods of mismanagement, with occasional closures.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Petersen Rock Garden and Museum is one of the most unusual places to visit in Central Oregon. The garden was established in the early 1900s by Rasmus Petersen, a Danish immigrant who explored the high desert in search of interesting rocks. He brought the rocks back to his property and built an astonishing number of castles, bridges, walls, statues and other eclectic structures with his findings.

Today the rock garden still stands, albeit in varying states of disrepair. The garden closed temporarily in 2013 and again in September 2016. As of March 2017, it is currently open to tourists by donation. As you explore the grounds, let your mind wander back to the days of fun roadside attractions that were built as Americans started taking family road trips all over the country. Imagine this place in its heyday, with beautiful new statues, carefully maintained landscaping and peacocks gracefully strolling through the grass. Today, the peacocks still walk among the rock sculptures and beautiful flowers still bloom among the weeds.

Give yourself at least an hour to make sure you have time to see everything. Take a peek inside the museum if it's open. And take plenty of pictures, because who knows how long this gem will be around for the public to enjoy.

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