Oregon December 16, 2015
Here Are 11 Spots In Oregon You Must Explore This Winter
Oregon is full of incredible places to explore. This winter, take the opportunity to check out these incredible destinations in all their frosty glory. Ski on one of Oregon’s phenomenal mountains, have a unique camping experience on the coast, discover frozen waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, and more. Get outside this winter for an unforgettable adventure – you won’t regret it.
11. Wallowa Mountains.
The Wallow Mountains are a winter wonderland this time of year. There are great trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and more.
10. The coast.
There's something truly magical about the Oregon coast during the winter. The howling sea, the crashing waves; the ocean is terrific and beautiful.
9. Mt Hood.
Mt Hood is a wonderful place to explore during the winter. There are many great skii resorts including Timberline, which has a beautiful wooden lodge where you can relax, eat, and sip hot drinks after a day of skiing. To avoid the lines, the ski resorts are best visited on weekdays.
8. Emigrant Springs State Park.
Emigrant Springs State Park is a great place to explore during the winter months because it gets a good amount of snow (it's located near the summit of the Blue Mountains) and the park offers log cabins to make winter camping more comfortable.
7. Camp in a yurt on the Coast.
Another way to camp comfortably during the winter months is in a yurt. Some state parks, particularly on the coast, offer these cute little lodgings for overnight stays. Here's a yurt at Fort Stevens State Park.
6. Smith Rock State Park.
Smith Rock State Park is beautiful any time of year, and is a great place to hike in the winter.
5. Frozen waterfalls.
Oregon has is full of amazing waterfalls, and some of them look even more magical in the winter. Silver Falls State Park and the Columbia River Gorge have many waterfalls that become brilliantly icy in the winter. Plus, at this time of year it won't be nearly as crowded. Here's a beautiful photo of Weisendanger Falls covered in ice.
4. The outdoor ice rink in Ashland.
Go ice skating in the park this winter in Ashland.
3. Baker County.
With vast, snowy landscapes and horizons rimmed with mountains, Baker County is a winter wonderland this time of year. You can ride the Sumpter Christmas Train, explore Burnt River Canyon, ski, ride a snowmobile, and more.
2. Crater Lake.
Crater Lake is most popular during the summer, but in winter it is absolutely magical. Take a winter hike, cruise along the scenic Rim Drive, or stay a night in the Crater Lake Lodge so that you can be up at sunrise to catch a view like this...
1. Mt Bachelor.
Mt Bachelor is a wonderful place for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, and it's absolutely beautiful. One unforgettable way to explore the mountain is by taking a dog sled tour, offered by the Oregon Trail of Dreams.
How many of these places have you been to during the winter? Where else do you like to go in Oregon at this time of year? Share your suggestions in the comments.