The Rogue Valley is well-loved for many reasons. For its “Wild and Scenic” Rogue River that runs from Crater Lake to the Pacific.
For Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Crest Trail and skiing on Mount Ashland. For the rising wine country of the Applegate, Illinois, and Rogue Valleys. For Medford’s revitalized downtown and amazing sports facilities and orchards. For Jacksonville’s historic old town and Britt Festivals. For the jetboats and rafting in Grants Pass where everybody knows “It’s the Climate!” – Do Something Great in the Rogue Valley.
Rogue Valley Cities
Ashland is a cultural hot spot, with award-winning galleries, theaters and restaurants Nestled at the base of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, Ashland has a reputation for great outdoor recreation in the city limits and beyond. And with the famous Mt. Ashland Ski Area nearby, fun stays in Ashland year-round.
Here, you can have the ultimate urban adventure with theaters, brewpubs, wineries and artisan cuisine; or you can experience the great outdoors with the Rogue River and Table Rocks just a stone’s throw away. A diverse culture of creativity grows in Medford, and it’s hard not to like it.
Welcome to a historic Gold Rush town now known for a thriving cultural and epicurean scene. Jacksonville is home to the summer-long Britt Music & Arts Festival, an incredible selection of independently owned shops and eateries, celebrated winemakers and accessible hiking and biking opportunities.
Oregon’s whitewater rafting capital and known for an iconic “It’s the Climate” slogan, Grants Pass is one colorful county seat. The powerful Rogue River might steal your attention here, but so will the endless options for high-quality food and drink, shopping, history, outdoor recreation and exploration.
Meander through the scenic drive connecting Historic Jacksonville and Grants Pass while you relax and take in the beauty of the farmland around you. Hikers will appreciate the number of trails open to them and could even stumble upon the world’s only Bigfoot Trap.
North - South
Situated on the California – Oregon border, the Rogue Valley rests along the I5 corridor – roughly a 5-hour drive from Portland. As the southern transportation hub for the state, Highway 140 and 199 allow for convenient travel East and West respectfully.
East - West
Traveling from the East, Highway 140 connects Klamath Falls to Medford through a scenic mountain pass. This quick 1.5-hour journey crosses the Pacific Crest Trail and provides access to numerous lakes.
Traveling from the West, Highway 199 connects the coast to the Rogue Valley. This 3-hour, 125-mile route crosses through the Illinois Valley.