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Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by lakes and lush forests, this expanse of towering sand dunes is a truly spectacular sight.

For one of the best spots to experience the rugged beauty of the Oregon coast, visit the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Sand dunes sculpted by the wind tower over the Pacific Ocean for miles and miles.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, more commonly known as NRA, stretches nearly 40 miles (64 kilometers) along the Pacific coast. It is part of Siuslaw National Forest, which encompasses approximately 634,207 acres (256,654 hectares) of Oregon wilderness. Travel from NRA’s northern border at the Coos River in North Bend continuing south to the Siuslaw River in Florence. 

The Oregon Dunes are the result of millions of years of wind and weather erosion on the state’s coastline. They are one of North America’s largest regions of coastal sand dunes, some of which soar 500 feet (152 meters) above sea level. Have your camera ready; they are a truly enchanting sight that you will want to document.

The sandy expanse of dunes makes this a popular destination for off-road vehicle riders. Bring your motorcycle or quad or rent one at the park. Enjoy a guided tour through the dunes on a sand rail ride.  Three trails, ranging from a flat sand road to soaring dunes, offer riders a variety of experiences within the park.  

Take advantage of the endless water sports that the area offers. Visit some of the more than 30 lakes and ponds in the NRA, along with several streams and rivers. Go water skiing or scuba diving in one of the larger lakes, such as Woahink or Tahkenitch. Enjoy the scenery while sailing or canoeing. Cast your line into the water and see what fish you catch. 

One of America’s most famous routes, Highway 101, runs right through Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Follow this highway along the entire western coast of the United States. Some of the country’s most iconic destinations, such as the Golden Gate Bridge in California and Olympic National Forest in Washington, can be found along Highway 101. 

Popular Activities for your Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Vacation

It's no secret that you don't take time off work just to sit in a cramped plane seat and sleep in a strange bed. Traveling is all about the cool things you can do while you're away!

Kick off your trip with an Oregon Coastal Tour- Eugene to Yachats and Florence. This popular activity is definitely worth writing home about.

For more things to do, head to our Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area things to do page.


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Best Western Salbasgeon Inn & Suites Of Reedsport $108
Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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Best Western Salbasgeon Inn & Suites Of Reedsport

Best Western Salbasgeon Inn & Suites Of Reedsport

1400 Highway 101, Reedsport, OR
     
    4.0 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    My recent stay was absolutely wonderful. Each staff member I had enter action with were all friendly and made my family and I feel welcome. I could not be any happier with my experience at this establishment.

    Winchester Bay Inn $79
    Reviewed on Jun 2, 2019
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    Winchester Bay Inn

    Winchester Bay Inn

    390 Broadway Ave, Reedsport, OR
       
      3.7 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      It was clean and the beds were comfortable. The owners were nice and friendly.

      Anchor Bay Inn $58
      Reviewed on May 27, 2019
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      Anchor Bay Inn

      Anchor Bay Inn

      1821 Winchester Ave, Reedsport, OR
         
        3.1 of 5
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nice and pleasant stay for the night. Good rooms and service.

        Best Budget Inn $51
        Reviewed on Mar 23, 2019
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        Best Budget Inn

        Best Budget Inn

        1894 Winchester Avenue, Reedsport, OR
           
          2.9 of 5
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Very nice person checked us in. I like these old hotels. Very clean and ìn good repair. Right on hwy 101. Easy to find. Hard beds. I tossed and turned all night. Room was chilly when we arrived. Took half the night to warm up. Small bathroom. Especially the shower.

          NEW Listing! Centrally Located Condo w/ Large Deck - Near the Dunes, 1 dog OK!
          NEW Listing! Centrally Located Condo w/ Large Deck - Near the Dunes, 1 dog OK!

          NEW Listing! Centrally Located Condo w/ Large Deck - Near the Dunes, 1 dog OK!

          Reedsport, Oregon
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach in Reedsport, this condo building is close to Umpqua Lighthouse and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Area attractions also include Umpqua Discovery Center and William M. Tugman State Park.

            Cute 2 Bedroom Home Near Bay With Creek Right in the Backyard!
            Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019
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            Cute 2 Bedroom Home Near Bay With Creek Right in the Backyard!

            Cute 2 Bedroom Home Near Bay With Creek Right in the Backyard!

            Reedsport, Oregon
               
              4.7 of 5
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              Super cool house fully stocked with every thing that u could possibly need

              Direct Dune Access With Panoramic Ocean & River Views
              Reviewed on Jan 6, 2019
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              Direct Dune Access With Panoramic Ocean & River Views

              Direct Dune Access With Panoramic Ocean & River Views

              Reedsport, Oregon
                 
                4.9 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great views. Very clean. Dune access. Not a cramped little place, plenty of room in the living room and kitchen. Cookies were on the counter when we arrived!

                Economy Inn Reedsport $60
                Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018
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                Economy Inn Reedsport

                Economy Inn Reedsport

                1593 Highway 101, Reedsport, OR
                   
                  2.9 of 5
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Warm and friendly owners, excellent service and great value! New owners are putting a lot of nice touches into this motel. Clean and comfortable with microwave, refrigerator and coffee makers in the room. Swimming pool is small but clean. Some highway noise. Great restaurants nearby. Will stay here ...