Get Travel Southern Oregon highlights delivered to your inbox

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

There is a lot to do in Southern Oregon! Be the first to hear about local events, seasonal highlights and a get local’s perspective on the region.

Close

Fort Rock

Travel to Fort Rock

Traveling to Fort Rock is a journey into Oregon’s volcanic legacy, with Portland being the closest major city. A drive from Portland will take you approximately 4.5 hours, heading south through the varied landscapes and the high desert of Oregon. The closest airport is Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport, with Fort Rock being about a 2-hour drive away. These routes to Fort Rock are not just about reaching a destination; they are about experiencing the beauty and grandeur of Oregon’s natural features.

Fort Rock State Natural Area: Oregon’s Geological Marvel

A visit to Fort Rock is incomplete without exploring the Fort Rock State Natural Area. This massive natural amphitheater is a volcanic landmark with rich geological significance. Formed by ancient eruptions, it rises dramatically from the flat basin floor, inviting hikers and photographers to marvel at its grandeur. The park’s trails offer an up-close look at the towering rock walls and the chance to learn about the area’s fascinating volcanic past.

Homestead Village Museum: Step Back in Time

History buffs will revel in the Homestead Village Museum located in Fort Rock. This open-air museum is a collection of original buildings from the homestead era, carefully restored to preserve the pioneer spirit of Oregon. Visitors can stroll through a schoolhouse, church, and other historical structures, getting a tangible sense of the lives of early settlers. Each building tells a story, providing a window into the rugged daily life of the homesteaders who shaped the region.

Fort Rock Cave: A Walk Through Ancient History

Another captivating destination in Fort Rock is the Fort Rock Cave, known for its archaeological significance. It’s here that some of North America’s oldest sandals were discovered, dating back around 9,000 to 13,000 years. Guided tours of the cave allow visitors to delve deep into the history of human habitation in the area, offering insights into the prehistoric peoples who once inhabited this desert landscape.

Things To Do

''
Klamath Basin

David’s Brawny Burger

Welcome to David’s Brawny Burger where they’ve been serving the Klamath Falls area for the past 29 years. Come and […]

2175 South 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR. 97603
(541)884-8300
Learn More
''
Klamath Basin

Chely’s

Chely’s restaurant provides many Guatemalan dishes for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The menu also includes keto bowls, tamales, spicy beans, […]

1401 Esplanade Avenue
Klamath Falls, OR. 97601
(541)891-3464
Learn More
WEBSITE
''

Downtown drive-thru offering breakfast items, turkey and ham wraps, sandwiches, teriyaki bowls, latte, mocha, lemonade, smoothies and more.

406 Front St.
Merrill, OR. 97633
541-591-5176
Learn More
''
75 Main St.
Klamath Falls, OR. 97601
(541) 884-7735
Learn More
WEBSITEWEBSITE
''

Mazama Campground is tucked away in the forest, seven miles south of Rim Village, just past the park’s south entrance […]

569 Mazama Village Drive
Fort Klamath, OR. 97604
888-774-2728
Learn More
WEBSITEWEBSITE
''
Klamath Basin

Aspen Ridge Resort

Welcome to Aspen Ridge Resort. A unique and upscale “off the beaten path” experience. Aspen Ridge Resort is part of a […]

Fishhole Creek Road
Bly, OR. 97622
541-884-8685
Learn More
WEBSITE
''
Klamath Basin

Odessa Campground

Located approximately 35 minutes west of Klamath Falls, Oregon, this campground features large ponderosa pines, Douglas firs, and an abundance […]

Klamath Falls, OR. 97601
541-885-3400
Learn More
WEBSITE
''
Klamath Basin

Gearhart Mountain Trail

Gearhart Mountain Trail #100, within Gearhart Mountain Wilderness, offers visitors the opportunity to travel north or south through the middle of the […]

Bly, OR.
541-353-2427
Learn More
WEBSITE
''
Klamath Basin

Crater Lake Trolley

The Crater Lake Trolley is a 2-hour tour around the Rim Drive of Crater Lake, with several stops at specific […]

Klamath Falls, OR.
(541) 882-1896
Learn More
WEBSITE