Things To Do
There are many activities and places to see in the Rogue River Valley. Below are some of our favorites:
1. Take a Four-Day Rafting Trip Down the Wild & Scenic Rogue River
Rogue River Journeys is a rafting, hiking, and kayaking outfitter based in Ashland, Oregon. They are Southern Oregon’s premier rafting company on the Wild & Scenic Rogue River. Since 1989 they have outfitted award winning river trip vacations in the Rogue River Canyon, a stretch of river with remarkable beauty, wildlife, whitewater, and history. The quality of their Rogue River rafting trips is outstanding and is made possible by a friendly crew of professional guides, a menu featuring delicious and regionally-sourced food, and top-notch equipment. Reservations are required and can be made on their Rogue River rafting website or over the phone by calling 541-282-3729.
2. Visit the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1935. Their season runs from February through early November, and they have three theatres: two indoor stages, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the Thomas Theatre, and the flagship outdoor Elizabethan Stage, which opens in early June and runs through mid-October. They offer 11 different plays that include four by Shakespeare and seven by other classic writers, as well as modern and contemporary work and world premieres. When you visit you can see one or two plays or up to nine plays in one week! Visit them online here.
3. Go on a Rogue Valley Brewery Tour
Indigo Creek’s brewery tours leave from Ashland, Oregon Thursday through Sunday. This is a tour for the craft beer lover. In a state known for its sheer volume of breweries, Southern Oregon is taking the beer industry by storm and there is no better place to beer tasting flights at incredible nano and micro breweries than here in the Rogue Valley. During the tour, you will visit four breweries in five hours. These are breweries that are off the beaten path and full of character. You’ll meet the brewers, taste their beers, and enjoy a small bite during the process. Although each brewery is different, one common theme rings true at each location: their passion for delivering high quality and sophisticated ales is undeniable.
4. Check out Jacksonville’s Britt Festival
Britt Festivals, a non-profit organization, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon (USA), Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country music. Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century photographer Peter Britt. Learn more on their website.
5. Raft the “Nugget” Stretch of the Rogue River
One of the more exciting stretches of the Rogue River is a half-day trip called “Nugget-Powerhouse”. It is named after the two largest rapids, Nugget Falls and Powerhouse. For families or groups of mixed rafting experience, this stretch of river is absolutely perfect. It starts mellow and builds up slowly until the two grand finales: Nugget Falls and Powerhouse Rapid. Between the start and finish there are calm places to practice paddling and sitting in the raft, there are surf waves that are fun to play in, and there are class II and III rapids that keep things interesting. At the very end, almost like the final act of a Shakespeare play, are the two biggest rapids. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling Indigo Creek Outfitters at 541-282-4535.
6. Volunteer and Hike with the Siskiyou Mountain Club
The Siskiyou Mountain Club is a 501(c)(3) public charity that formed to restore, maintain and promote primitive trails in the Siskiyou backcountry, and to provide service-based outdoor experiences for the public. They coordinate stewardship projects with youth, volunteers and staff, publish outdoor literature, and lead active outdoor adventures. You can spend a day hiking and working on trail maintenance projects with the Siskiyou Mountain Club. They’ll take you to some of the most beautiful places in Southern Oregon. Plus, you’ll get a great workout! Learn more about the Siskiyou Mountain Club by visiting their website.
7. Spend a Night at an Ashland Bed & Breakfast
Take a break from camping and spend a night at one of Ashland’s many Bed & Breakfasts. There are over 20 B&Bs in the Ashland area and all of them are fantastic. Enjoy warm hospitality, comfortable rooms, and amazing breakfasts that get your day started right. Best of all, many of the B&Bs are incredibly affordable and priced less per night than some of the nearby hotels. Many of them are also walking distance to downtown Ashland, so if you catching a play you won’t have to worry about parking. For information about staying at an Ashland Bed & Breakfast, visit the Ashland B&B Network website.
8. Experience the Best Whitewater in Oregon
With big waves, dramatic drops, and spectacular scenery, the Upper Klamath River rafting is the ultimate full-day whitewater rafting trip in Oregon. Mile for mile, no other full-day rafting trip in Oregon compares to the Upper Klamath. This 14 mile rafting trip features awe-inspiring Class IV+ rapids and continuous Class IV whitewater framed by spectacular canyon scenery and history-rich lands. Space is limited and trips fill early. A trip on the Upper Klamath features an impressive stretch of continuous class IV whitewater punctuated by a few noticeable class IV+ drops. From Caldera to Stateline Falls, the whitewater is non-stop. For those looking for a great full-day adventure that is fun and action-packed the Upper Klamath may be your trip of choice. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling Indigo Creek Outfitters at 541-282-4535.