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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 Lodging Options Near Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

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Winchester Bay Inn $89
Winchester Bay Inn

Winchester Bay Inn

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

    Situated by the ocean, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Umpqua Lighthouse. Umpqua Discovery Center and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Best Western Salbasgeon Inn & Suites Of Reedsport $110
    Best Western Salbasgeon Inn & Suites Of Reedsport

    Best Western Salbasgeon Inn & Suites Of Reedsport

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

      Situated in Reedsport, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Umpqua Discovery Center and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Umpqua Lighthouse and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Anchor Bay Inn $55
      Anchor Bay Inn

      Anchor Bay Inn

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

        Situated near the beach, this motel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Umpqua Discovery Center and 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Umpqua Lighthouse and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Best Budget Inn $49
        Best Budget Inn

        Best Budget Inn

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

          Located in the heart of Reedsport, this motel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Umpqua Discovery Center and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Umpqua Lighthouse and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          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 by the ocean, this condo building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Umpqua Lighthouse. Umpqua Discovery Center and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Cute 2 Bedroom Home Near Bay With Creek Right in the Backyard!
            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
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Umpqua Lighthouse. Umpqua Discovery Center and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Direct Dune Access With Panoramic Ocean & River Views
              Direct Dune Access With Panoramic Ocean & River Views

              Direct Dune Access With Panoramic Ocean & River Views

              Reedsport, Oregon
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Reedsport vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Umpqua Lighthouse and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. William M. Tugman State Park and John Dellenback Dunes Trail are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Economy Inn Reedsport $60
                Economy Inn Reedsport

                Economy Inn Reedsport

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

                  Situated in Reedsport, this motel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Umpqua Discovery Center and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Umpqua Lighthouse and William M. Tugman State Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).