Things To Do in Southern Oregon

A ride on Hellgate Jet Boat Excursions is one part high-speed hijinks and one part nature cruising.

Hellgate Jetboats Ride the Rogue

A ride on Hellgate Jetboat Excursions might be described as the best of opposing worlds — one part high-speed hijinks and one part nature cruising. The Grants Pass-based company has been showing visitors a good time on the beautiful Rogue River for more than 50 years in its custom made jetboats that speed along the river in just inches of water.

Winter Recreation in Southern Oregon

The snow is falling and it’s time to grab your gear and get outside. Whether you like speed, scenery or simply silence, there’s plenty to do here each winter. Here's some recreation information about downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country or Nordic skiing, snowshoe access at Crater Lake and throughout Southern Oregon.

Celebrate birdwatching in the Klamath Basin-Part 2

Sometimes you just need to get away. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life, chores, responsibility and everything else. Get away with your family, a best friend, your special someone or even alone. A new top-favorite for me to do this at is the Running Y Ranch Resort, located just minutes from downtown Klamath Falls and less than an hour jaunt from Crater Lake National Park.

Scenic Drives

A great way to experience the vast historic timber and agricultural communities is through a leisurely, and beautiful, drive through the more rural parts of Southern Oregon.

Find Your Thrill in a Raft

Oregon's Wild & Scenic Rivers provide a beautiful and thrilling rafting experience for any skill level. Few places in America present outdoor enthusiasts more excitement and variety than beautiful Southern Oregon.

Select a Southern Oregon rafting outfitter and map your way directions on your mobile device.

Ashland: 3-Day Tour

We invite you to experience Ashland … the colors of the seasons, the taste of the cuisine, the culture and personal feel of the town.

 

 

Oregon Caves National Monument

Though only 480 acres, Oregon Caves National Monument provides a larger-than-life experience. Hike through the old-growth forest above and explore the natural marble cave below.

Things to do at Crater Lake

Crater Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains range, is Oregon’s shimmering blue gem. It’s a must-see landmark during any trip to Southern Oregon.

3 Days in Medford and the Rogue Valley

Medford and the Rogue Valley are the stage of Southern Oregon and the western gateway to Crater Lake National Park. Here, fine wine and gourmet food are stripped of pretense and the performing arts along with thrilling adventure are featured throughout this beautiful area.

Rooted in history, there’s no shortage of old-school charmin the culture and architecture of Jacksonville.Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce photo

3 Days in Jacksonville

This charming 1850s gold mining town — not far from Medford and Ashland and about 90 minutes from Crater Lake — beckons with its mild climate and abundance of culture year-round. In three days, you can explore the hip culinary scene and world-class wines, and take some time to rejuvenate. Here’s how to do it.

Running Y Ranch: Klamath comfort

At the end of an active day at Crater Lake National Park or in the Klamath Basin, the Running Y Ranch Resort provides a comfortable retreat to call your home base. You will enjoy a good night's sleep, great food and a place to put up your feet and relax. 

Cross Our Covered Bridges

One of Southern Oregon's greatest attractions is the countryside itself. And, seeking out the region's old covered bridges is a good way to get away from traffic and see rural areas. There are 12 covered bridges in Southern Oregon. Check our map and find them for yourself.

48 Hours for Kids in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls is best known, perhaps, as a gateway to Crater Lake National Park — and yes, you must go during your stay — but this town has much more going for it than an easy commute to one of the world’s most scenic lakes. It’s also on the migration path of hundreds of bird species, everything from magnificent bald eagles to waterfowl. Ready to make a family weekend of it? Here’s how.

Celebrate birdwatching in the Klamath Basin-Part 1

Klamath County, home of Crater Lake National Park, and is located smack dab in the middle of the largest migratory bird route in the West. One topnotch to-do event each year is the Winter Wings Festival, where birdwatchers see the largest wintering population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states.

5 Must-See Waterfalls

On top of the sheer beauty and accessibility, this region is extra special for visitors because it’s less traveled than other popular waterfall destinations. That’s especially the case in the fall, when the savvy waterfall hunter just might feel like they’ve stumbled onto their own little piece of paradise. Here are 5 must-see waterfalls along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers.

The Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is easy to access and even easier to navigate. Photo by Carla Shryock

Enjoy Crater Lake’s 'backyard'

Crater Lake National Park is Oregon’s most beautiful destination. But don’t think it’s time to head home once you leave. There’s plenty to do and see in northern Klamath County, an area local residents like to call “Crater Lake’s backyard.” Here are some ideas on how to maximize your visit.

At Ride the Rim in September, cyclists, runners and hikers get to enjoy the pristine beauty of Crater Lake National Park’s East Rim Drive without vehicle traffic. Photo by Tyler Roemer

Explore Crater Lake by bike

When the summer crowds and intense heat fade but the sunshine remains, the air is crisp and the light golden. Late September is a magical time in Oregon’s parks — the perfect time for a joyride on two wheels at either of two organized events: Crater Lake’s Ride the Rim event, and National Bike Your Park Day.

Winter-run steelhead are the main attraction because of their size and extremely hard fight.Photo courtesy Wild Rivers Fishing

Winter fishing on the South Coast

Oregon’s South Coast is home to some of the best fishing in the West. Hear from an expert why the Chetco, Elk and Sixes rivers offer unique winter fishing experiences.

Arch Rock Brewing worth gold

Larry and Marjie Brennan just wanted to make good beer in Southern Oregon. They never imagined they’d be making gold medal-worthy beer on a world stage. But more than three years after opening, Arch Rock Brewing — a tiny 15-barrel brew house and tasting room in Gold Beach — has racked up five gold medals at prestigious national and international beer competitions.

4 reasons to love the Chetco River

When Oregon has so many stunning waterways to visit and enjoy, what’s so magical about the lesser-known Chetco River? Here are four great reasons from someone who knows the area well.

The Oregon Outback Scenic BikewayPhoto courtesy Ride With GPS.com

Oregon's Outback Scenic Bikeway

The Oregon Outback Scenic Bikeway offers striking scenery and a cycling challenge. Deep in the lightly populated area at the southern center of the state, it offers that sense of exploration you get when you’re the only vehicle on the road. You’ll be surrounded by abundant wildlife and panoramic views, in a place few Oregonians have been.

Table Rocks are 'Islands in the Sky'

Explore an Oregon wonder many have missed: where shooting stars, fawn lilies and red bells are always by your side. There‘s also plenty of elbow room for brushing up on botany and wildlife across thousands of acres at Lower Table Rock near Medford.

Baby Kelley, with mom Miya, was born May 15, 2016, at Wildlife Safari in Winston, OR. / Photo by Sheilah Swanson for Wildlife Safari

Wildlife Safari: Where the wild things are

This drive-through animal park near Roseburg helps you get close to wild creatures while providing important species conservation and breeding programs. 

A Crater Lake 7-Day Road Trip

Maximize your week off with this itinerary to Crater Lake National Park. Award-winning Oregon outdoors writer Zach Urness helps you make the most of each day.

Discover Rogue River Jetboats

Rogue Jet Boat Adventures is passionate about sharing the history of the Table Rock area and combining that message with unforgettable jet boating, scenery, wildlife and memories. Take a trip on the Upper Rogue River and found out what all the hype is about! 

Zip High Near Crater Lake

Here's a chance to soar through the trees. All you need is a harness, a helmet and a spirit of adventure smack in the middle of a forest canopy.

“We have views to the mountains, to Klamath Lake – plus we are in these amazing giant trees that just take your breath away.”

Cycle your way in Klamath

There are more than 25 mapped cycling routes in Klamath County. Whether you want to ride on a road, grind some gravel or go off-road, there’s a route for you.

Fall Family Retreats in Ashland

When the fall crush of homework, soccer, carpools and daylight savings becomes too punishing, sometimes there’s only one thing to do: Find a long weekend and pile into the van for a mini family retreat. Often, a good car ride together is the best way to reconnect.

A visitor takes a close look at an ornament in the making after blowing the glass herself. / Photos by Dan Shryock

Watch art take shape at The Glass Forge

The Glass Forge treats visitors as guests. You have an open invitation to look around, ask questions, stay as long as you like.  

Photos courtesy Lonesome Duck Ranch

Lonesome Duck: Your quiet getaway

Lonesome Duck Ranch as an ideal place for fly fishing and bird watching along the tranquil Williamson River. It's located 25 miles north of Klamath Falls and 39 scenic miles from the crater’s rim inside Crater Lake National Park. Two comfortable, fully equipped guest houses await you.

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Explore Harris Beach State Park

It’s famous for sandy beaches, scenic rock formations, colorful tide pools, outstanding bird watching and frequently seen marine life. A visit to Harris Beach State Park in Brookings offers up the best of the breathtaking Oregon Coast with a wide variety of recreational and touring options nearby. 

Lighthouses on the Coast

Lighthouses have always been a classic beacon home to those at sea. The five situated on the Southern Oregon Coast are a must-see for every explorer, whether on land or water.

Riding the Rim at Crater Lake National Park./ Photo courtesy RideOregonRide.com

Upcoming Cycling Road Rides

Southern Oregon road cycling events are scheduled in 2016 include Pedals 'n Pears, Art of Survival Century, Eagle Point Cycling Challenge, Tour de Fronds, Northwest Tandem Rally, UP & DOWN Ashland, Tour de Outback, Crater Lake Century, Cycle Oregon's Week Ride and Ride the Rim.

Tour reflects Crater Lake's beauty

A Crater Lake boat tour lets you touch the astonishingly clear, blue water, gaze at the stark, rocky shore, and marvel at the water's reflections. This is all about the experience, seeing this natural wonder from the water line up.

Discover the wineries of Southern Oregon.

Southern Oregon Wineries

Southern Oregon is the fastest growing wine region in the state. With more than 60 wineries in the area, there's an available blend for every palate. here's a map that helps you find wineries and map directions on your mobile device.

Wild Rivers Coast Scenic BikewayPhoto by Russ Roca, Path Less Pedaled

Ride a Coastal Scenic Bikeway

The Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway is a 60-mile ride anchored in the quaint fishing hamlet of Port Orford, the oldest town on the Oregon Coast. Here you can count on a great cup of coffee before you head out on a moderate  61-mile ride with breathtaking ocean vistas and rural roads.

Road Cycling

Whether you're looking for challenging climbs, beautiful scenery or nice flat loops, the low-traffic backroads of Southern Oregon provide the ideal ride for any cyclist.

Ride Ashland's Scenic Bikeway

Here's a ride with big rewards for anyone ready to put in the hard work. The 55-mile Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway, which starts and ends in beautiful Ashland, includes 5,085 feet of steep and winding climbing through oak savannah and fir forests. It also features some of the fastest descending you'll ever hope to find.

Crater Lake in winter

To appreciate Crater Lake, it may help to first understand how it came to be. Once there was Mt. Mazama, a 12,000-foot volcano in the Cascade Mountain Range.

The Britt festival stage in Jacksonville. Photo by Maxine Guenther courtesy of the Britt Festival.

Britt Festival takes music's center stage

Great music in an excellent venue ... The Britt Festival in Jacksonville delivers both each summer.

The National Park Service is setting aside  vehicle-free  days from Rim Drive around Crater Lake.

Crater Lake caters to cyclists

Distance riders get rare opportunities to peddle along a beautiful route without traffic concerns.

Championship Golf

Options ranging from nationally ranked championship courses to afforadble family-friendly ones make Southern Oregon a must play for golfers of all skill levels.

High Wire Act Above The Trees

Let yourself fly! Feel the adrenaline rush and conquer your fears at Rogue Valley Zipline Adventure.

Theater and Festivals

Don't let the rural settings of Southern Oregon fool you, there are amazing theater and other fine arts opportunities in Southern Oregon. The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is only the tip of the iceberg.

Birding

Planning your birding trip in Southern Oregon, you'll find many wonderful possibilities, home to one of the Nation's top birding hotspots, where bird diversity and abundance captivate you year-round.

Hiking

To truly experience all Southern Oregon has to offer, you'll want to walk. Hundreds of hikes are available for any skill level through historic towns and beautiful wilderness.

Fishing

Salmon, Sturgeon and Trout, oh my! There are countless opportunities to enjoy a relaxing day fishing all over Southern Oregon.

Shopping

Take advantage of Oregon's lack of sales tax and shop in Southern Oregon. Whether you're in the mood for antiquing, boutiquing or deal-hunting at factory outlets, you'll find what you're looking for.

Casinos

Do you think luck is on your side? See what fate has in store for you at one of the three unbelievably fun Southern Oregon casinos!

Varietal Variety

Variety is the secret to Southern Oregon wine success. Taste Tempranillos, Viogniers and Malbecs as well as the classic Oregon Pinot Noir.

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