Cool Outdoor Adventures in Oregon
If you’re searching for fun activities you can enjoy outdoors in nature, check out this list of adventures and find your favorites.
- Climb Mount Hood and you’ll have a chance to see a spectacular view! You can join the Mazamas, and go on an organized trip to see this natural beauty.
- Try out Mt. Hood Adventure center, and you’ll be offered so many awesome activities. You’ll have options to rent equipment, go on snowmobile adventures, take lessons and much more. They also offer the organization of events, catering and lodging.
- Oregon Trail of Dreams will make your family’s experience an unforgettable one. You and your kids can try a short sled dog race, or a marathon that lasts all day.
- The Mount Bachelor Ski Resort is a perfect place for snowboarders and skiers. It’s located in the Pacific Northwest and is a very popular area for skiing offering several lifts with high speeds, jumps and rails. In addition to that, there is a Superpipe and over 3,000 feet of slopes.
- Oregon offers numerous trails for hikers — Canyon Creek Meadows, Cascade Head, Silver Falls State Park Loop, Wahkeena Loop Trail and many more!
- Ice Lake offers a picturesque landscape with tall peaks and granite ground that surround the timberline pool — a great trekking trail for backpackers.
- If you consider rock climbing the ultimate adventure, you should visit the Smith Rock State Park.
- If you’re a naturalist and are interested in knowing more, you can join a tour of the Deschutes National Forest. This is a good activity for kids older than ten and adults of course. Experts from Bend Fort Rock Ranger District will tell you about plants, animals, ecology and more.
- One of the favorite spots for those who enjoy kite boarding, windsurfing and paddling is the Columbia River Gorge.
- If you love kayaking, Oregon offers great diversity. Whitewater paddlers will find the thrill in over 150 rapids in the Illinois River. Oswald West State Park is the ultimate spot for sea water kayakers, while the Upper Deschutes is the best spot for still water paddlers.
- If you want to explore the wilderness and go rafting — visit the Rogue River. It’s Oregon’s National Wild and Scenic River.
Fishing and Golfing
- Oregon offers fly-fishers an exciting experience at the Deschutes River. You will be able to obtain a permit at Deschutes Angler Fly Shop, and also have a team of experts that will guide you.
- If you are looking for an awesome steelhead fly-fishing area, you will find it at the Wallowa River Canyon. Join the Fish Train — they will drop you and other fly fishers off and pick you up on their return.
- Central Oregon is among the 50 top destinations for golfers in the entire world. You will be able to choose from 25 different courses.
Biking and Running
- Each September, there is a new biking route ride through Oregon organized by Cycle Oregon. If you are a fan of biking, choose to visit this biking trail that lasts one week.
- If you are an expert biker, then this biking route is for you. It has a length of 26.5 miles and goes along the McKenzie River, offering bikers an impressive view of nature. You’ll see Douglas fir forest that is 600 years old, lava flows and beautiful waterfalls.
- Runners will enjoy Buford Recreational Areas in Eugene. Trail distances have various lengths and go through oak savannas and wetlands, all the way to Mount Pisgah.
- Visit Bend, the town that is now known to be the best in America, for those who love running and hiking combined.
Call of the Wild
- Milo McIver State Park is a great place to visit for different outdoor activities and it’s less than an hour away from Portland. You’ll be able to go biking, riding horses, camping and much more.
- Visit Crater Lake National Park for a unique experience of exceptional natural beauties. Go for a hike across the Wizard Island, travel by ferry and reach the cone’s summit that has 800 feet!
- If you wish to have an adventure that seems as if it was far away from civilization, go to the Owyhee Canyonlands. This is an enormous area of wild nature, rivers, different animal species and is often visited by paddlers, campers, hikers, and thrill seekers.
- Nehalem Bay State Park is the place for sea kayakers and crabbers. You’ll also enjoy hiking and horse riding on its beautiful beaches.
- The most visited place on the 4th of July is Lakeview. It has a high altitude of 4,800 feet and is the top gliding area.
- Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway is 52 miles long and offers camping areas overlooking East Rim, Big Indian Gorge, Wild horse and more.
- If you have a free weekend and want to go somewhere special, the Flying M Ranch is an amazing place that offers an overnight Trask Mountain ride with an all-inclusive arrangement.