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2025 DATES TBA
DESCHUTES COUNTY EXPO CENTER // REDMOND, OR, USA
FRI 8-5 | SAT 8-5 | SUN 9-3

ABOUT THE OVERLAND EXPO PACIFIC NORTHWEST

DESCHUTES COUNTY EXPO CENTER
REDMOND, OREGON, USA

With 340 acres and more than 300,000 square feet of flexible event space and state-of-the-art amenities, Deschutes County Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon is the premier event facility in the Pacific Northwest.

The venue is conveniently located 20 minutes north of Bend, Oregon, and less than a mile from Redmond Municipal Airport.  Bend is set in Central Oregon’s high desert region just outside of Deschutes National Forest.  The area is well known for its majestic Cascade mountain views and never-ending outdoor recreation.

Locations & Hours

When: Overland Expo PNW • 2025 DATES TBA

Public Hours: Friday 8 am – 5 pm  •  Saturday 8 am – 5 pm  •  Sunday 9 am – 3 pm

Location: Deschutes County Expo Center, 3800 SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756

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Ways to Attend: Premium Weekend Pass with Camping, General Admission Weekend Pass with Camping, or a Day Pass (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). Add on an Overland Expo Training pass to any admission package of your choice. Passenger passes are also available. See our Tickets page to buy tickets.  Camping passes sell out so get yours early!

AT THE VENUE

  • On-site Day Pass parking is available at the Deschutes County Expo Center for free with your ticket purchase. 
  • No overnight parking or camping allowed with Day Passes (so please don’t ask!).

Although we are an event that promotes the use of vehicles and motorcycles for overlanding, we ask you to keep driving to a minimum while on the venue grounds. No vehicles, motorcycles, electric bikes or scooters are permitted in the vendor/exhibitor area.

Mountain bikes and electric scooters / bikes are a great alternative for getting around and may be used for transportation to and from camping and the main event entry, but NOT within the exhibitor/vendor area due to the high volume of attendees in these areas. Please note: NO ATVs, quads, or side-by-sides except for those with appropriate handicap placards and solely used for assisting low-mobility attendees with accessing campsites and other event areas.

Attendees with limited mobility will be able to park in our handicapped-designated areas. There are ADA accessible port-a-johns in the camping and exhibitor areas. The venue is level, with a large amount of smooth sidewalk; some areas are grassy; the Overland Expo Training Area is a combination of compact and loose dirt; the camps are grass, and will be difficult for wheelchairs and low mobility. Please have your ADA placard visible for parking/camping attendant to easily assist you with location placement. We will have staff members available with carts for assisting low-mobility attendees to and from their vehicles/campsites, as needed. Unfortunately, there will not be individual carts or wheelchairs available for rent. Please bring any personal assisted devices as needed. Please contact us for more information, and we’ll do our best to make your visit as easy as possible. 

The venue does have cell and internet coverage but does have trouble servicing the number of attendees during peak attendance days at times. WIFI will NOT be provided, so please bring your own internet device, if needed. 

NO. Drones, paramotors and other flying apparatuses are not allowed, for safety reasons; additionally, we are within 1 mile of an airport and within the flight zone.

There will be a good selection of food, beverage and coffee trucks onsite in the Oasis Bar & Food Court.

We host a nightly happy hour in the Oasis from Thursday – Saturday from 5 pm – 7 pm.

Bar hours vary—see newspaper (receive at check-in) for hours.

  • Drinking= NO Driving. Zero-tolerance is in effect—you will not be allowed to participate in any sponsored driving, riding, Overland Expo Training areas.

Supplies such as groceries, ice, gas, banks, etc are located in Redmond less than 5 minutes from the venue.

Overland Expo is an outdoor event—be prepared for any and all weather!

  • Daytime: Average temp is 80°F; dry and often hot
  • Nighttime: Average temp is 48°F
  • Elevation: 3,077 feet
  • Approx. Sunrise/Set: 5:30 am / 8:56 pm

RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Bring sun protection such as a hat, sunscreen, long-sleeved light shirts.
  • Layering is highly recommended; temps drop quickly after sunset.
  • Drink lots of water; you will dehydrate faster and alcoholic beverages hit you quicker at higher elevations!
  • We will have potable water for individuals to use to fill up personal water bottles, but not enough for camp water tank refills.
  • Elevation can also affect those with cardiac issues, please use caution.
  • Backpacks are allowed in the exhibitor area to carry necessary supplies. 

ON-SITE CAMPGROUND

  • Camping on-site is for ground tent camping, vehicle camping, pop-up and roof top tents, smaller overland vehicles, and motorcycles only (NO RVs, NO travel trailers, NO Class A or Class B style motorhomes allowed)
  • Primitive camping on-site (no hook-ups), interspersed throughout the grounds in an open field for smaller overland vehicles and motorcycles only (no large trailers over 13 feet, see vehicle restrictions). All camp spots are in open areas, first come-first serve.—see below.). 
  • Premium and General admission who purchase Weekend Pass with Camping will also have access to the basic on-site camping (no hook-ups). 
  • Day Pass attendees (those visiting for only one day) ARE NOT eligible for camping.  A Camping registration MUST be purchased if desiring to camp on-site. If you are interested in upgrading your day / weekend pass to a camping package, then CONTACT US.
  • Due to space limitations and the high demand for on-site camping, all camping spots in all camping areas are festival-style.
  • Rustic camping is available to all on-site campers. Access is open to overland vehicles only; no hookups; no water hookups;
  • CAMPERS: Ground tent camping, vehicle camping, pop-up and roof top tents, smaller overland vehicles, and motorcycles are allowed ONLY!
    • (NO RVs, NO travel trailers, NO Class A or Class C style motorhomes allowed. 
  • There will be porta-john and cabana-style showers within the campground.  

Camping is festival-style. On-site camping is in demand. In order to accommodate as many on-site campers as possible, campers will be near fellow campers. 

Premium Weekend Pass with Camping and Weekend Pass with Camping ticket holders, please plan to arrive during staffed hours of operations and allow extra time for parking and/or camp set-up. 

  • Thurs: 8am – 6pm 
  • Fri: 8am – 6pm 
  • Sat: 8am – 5pm 
  • Pets are welcome, but please clean up after them; and keep them on a leash; make sure to read the Pet Rules. 
  • There will be roaming 24-hour security. 
  • There is NO electricity. Please bring your own quiet generator or solar power solution.  Please turn off your generators at quiet hours, 10pm, as to not disturb your neighbors.
  • Camping check-in opens at 8 am Thursday morning. You may stay through Sunday night if you desire. All campers must vacate venue property by 11am Monday morning. 
  • Friends Who Want To Camp Together, Must Arrive Together: There will be no reserving space for friends within the campgrounds (first come, first serve). If you plan to camp with your friend, we will have a dedicated area on-site where you can wait to enter the campgrounds until their arrival. All passholders within the group MUST carry the same ticket type. No day / weekend pass attendees may stay overnight in the campgrounds. 
  • If in need of adding on a passenger or upgrading your ticket to a different camping package, please reach out for assistance. Geyser showers will be available in the Weekend Pass with Camping and Premium Weekend Pass with Camping areas. 
  • SHOWERS: Shower service and availability will be VERY limited. Due to the natural location of the venue, there is insufficient water pressure and proper drainage that is required for most systems, such as shower trailers. Our camp showers are offered as convenience only, it’s not intended as a hotel-style experience. We recommend you prepare as you would for an overland-style camping experience, bringing your own portable shower system or wet-wipe style cloths for the two to three nights you will be camping. You are also welcome to bring your own shower / water heating system. 
  • FIRES: No campfires (wood or charcoal) in the camp areas due to fire danger. Propane is allowed (as long as it has an on and off switch), including portable campfire appliances. NOTE: All and any fires, including propane, could be banned in the event of extreme fire danger. 

  • GENERATORS: Quiet generators are allowed but must be turned off by 10 pm, as to not disturb your neighbors. 

  • FIREARMS: Venue rules state no firearms 

Yes, you may leave the campgrounds and return to your campsite at any time (even after show hours) as long as you have you admission credentials, as well as camping / vehicle hang tag. 

  •  You may leave your camp setup in order to “hold your current space.” OR you may pack up your camp setup and the camping attendant will reassign your campsite upon your arrival again. 
  • NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR CAMPING CREDENTIALS, YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED BACK INTO THE VENUE / CAMPGROUNDS. 

AFTER-HOURS SECURITY PHONE NUMBER: (317) 518-3568

If you are in need of assistance from security after show hours (overnight), then call this number and our roaming security will immediately assist you on-site. 

PRODUCT PICK UP: (317) 518-3568

If you have purchased an oversize item that you will need help bringing to your campground / car, then call this number during show hours and a member of our staff will be able to assist with a shuttle / cart. 

  • There are no hookups for electricity or water in the rustic camping areas. 
  • We provide porta-toilets throughout the venue. 
  • Shower service and availability will be VERY limited. Due to the natural location of the venue, there is insufficient water pressure and proper drainage that is required for most systems, such as shower trailers. Our camp showers are offered as convenience only, it’s not intended as a hotel-style experience. We recommend you prepare as you would for an overland-style camping experience, bringing your own portable shower system or wet-wipe style cloths for the two to three nights you will be camping. 
  • There are NO water spigots within the camp areas for filling up trailers and water tanks. Please bring your own filled water containers / food / cooking gear, etc. Treat this like a true overlanding trip: be self-sufficient or plan to travel to Redmond (minutes away) for food, water, etc. 

Kakadu will have showers available in the mornings and the evenings.

Shower Hours

Morning: 6:30am-9:30am

Evening: 6pm-9pm

Showers will start Thursday evening and run through Sunday morning. 

For all registrants that are camping on-site and Weekend Pass with Camping ticket holders, plan to arrive during staffed hours of operations and allow extra time for parking and/or camp set-up.

  • Thurs: 8am – 6pm
  • Fri: 8am – 6pm
  • Sat: 8am – 5pm

Once check in times end for the day, we will begin staging late arrival campers in a designated area to be ready for check in the following day at 8am.  Late arrivals will not be placed in the designated campgrounds area until after they have received their camping credentials the next morning.  For the best check-in experience, we highly recommend arriving within the check in hours so that we can best accommodate you. 

YES! Overland Expo PNW will be hosting Overland Expo Training for 2024. Purchase your training pass on top of your admission ticket. Passengers are also welcome to attend the driver’s training session for an additional fee. Add your training passes to your same order. There will also be sponsored / exhibitor ride & drives, test vehicles are provided for the session only, not for the whole weekend. 

Training

THIS IS OUR UNIQUE DRIVING EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE AT THE PNW EVENT ONLY. THE TRAINING IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT MUST BE ADDED ON TOP OF AN ALREADY EXISTING CAMPING PACKAGE OR DAY / WEEKEND PASS. 

  1. Learn overland driving techniques, using your own vehicle (includes one training session with 2 laps around the expedition course). 
  2. Get hands-on experience with expert trainers on the drive course 
  3. Take instructional classes about the latest technologies, gear, packing, maintenance, navigation, and more; at basic and advanced levels (unlimited sessions). 
  4. Class selection begins approximately two weeks before the show. 
  5. Kids 14 & under arriving in your vehicle are free with any camping pass. 
  6. Driver must hold a valid driver’s license to participate in individual driving courses. 
  7. Passenger add-ons MUST be purchased before arrival to the event (available while supplies last) 
  8. Can take all static training classes (but no hands-on driving classes). 
  9. Only the primary driver will have access to sign up in the app for driving session; Passenger/Riders will not be able to sign up for these classes in the app. 

Ticketing

All ticket holders agree to the waiver and terms outlined in our Participant Release of Liability Waiver with your online registration / ticket purchase.

You will be prompted to review and sign your digital waiver via a link in your confirmation email, in order to receive your QR code as your ticket. All attendees agree to the waiver and terms when purchasing a ticket on-site at each event. 

Note: Only the main registrant will receive a confirmation email to sign the waiver and reeceived the QR code. The waiver will be valid for all participants within the same order. All add on items and passengers will be linked to the same QR code. Passengers will not receive email confirmations. 

Once you have signed your digital waiver, you will receive a QR code. This QR code will be your ticket for admission. If multiple tickets have been purchased together, then all tickets will be linked to a QR code and may be accessed by scanning at the entrance gate. All tickets will show the purchaser’s name. However, not to worry, there is no need to change the name (or transfer the ticket) to each person as it can simply be scanned at the of arrival. 

You will be prompted to review and sign your digital waiver via a link in your confirmation email, in order to receive your QR code as your ticket. All attendees agree to the waiver and terms when purchasing a ticket on-site at each event. 

As all Overland Expo Events have dramatically grown within the past few years, it is common for all of the camping and upgraded packages to sell out early. All Camping packages are limited in number, as well as the Moto Party + Dinner and training add-on tickets. Packages may increase in pricing closer to the event start dates. Please be sure to secure your registration early to avoid any inconvenience. 

Weekend and Day Passes usually do NOT sell out; unexpected circumstances may limit ticket sales for high-attendance days. Day / Weekend pass prices will increase closer to the event start date, as well as for on-site purchases.    

Class Selection

Class selection starts approximately 2 weeks before the show using an online system. When class sign-ups are available, an email invite will be sent to the email address you registered with. This email will only be sent to the main registrant on the order. You will download the Overland Expo App, choose the MTN WEST event location you will be attending, then log in using the unique email address that you used to register with. All passengers on the order must enter a unique email address in order to log into their own class schedule within the app. We limit class size to ensure the highest quality teaching atmosphere. You may also attend classes as a walk-up. 

NEARBY ACCOMMODATIONS & CAMPING

Check out our Guide to Bend page. Book Early! It’s a busy weekend in Central Oregon.

There are no on-site hotels available, but there are many options nearby, at all price levels. Check out our Accommodations section of our Guide to Bend page for links and information.

*Disclaimer: if you are contacted by Expo Housing Services (http:// www.expohousingservices.com), we are in no way associated and it is a scam.

There are many U.S. Forest Service campgrounds around the area. Read more about dispersed, campground and other camping options in the Deschutes National Forest.

TRIP AND VEHICLE PLANNING

Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) is a 1-minute drive to the event facility.  RDM has direct flights to DEN, LAX, SFO, SEA, SLC, PDX, SAN, LAS, PHX, BUR and RNO.  All major car rental companies are represented at RDM.

For something a bit more interesting than a Kia sedan, Central Oregon Rentals rents off-road vehicles.

If you are looking to rent a motorcycle, MotoFantasy.net has a selection of bikes ready for your adventure.

No, Overland Expo does not provide or rent vehicles for classes. On any sponsored driving course, the test vehicles provided are for the session only, not for the whole weekend. You need to bring your own vehicle to participate in the Overland Expo Training sessions (Training ticket required).

There are numerous groups organizing overlanding trips to the show, both for a fee or for free. The following forums are good resources:

Feel free to post about your caravan on our Facebook event page as well.

If you have other forum resources, please let us know.

Of course!  Visit our Guide To The Region page for a roster of overland routes available in the region. 

Please check out our GENERAL FAQs for more information. 

If you have any further questions we may assist you with, please CONTACT US for more information. 

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