Things To Do
There are many activities and places to see in the Rogue River Valley. Below are some of our favorites:
1. Make a Wild & Scenic Memory on a multi-day Rogue trip
A rafting trip down the Wild & Scenic Rogue River is one of America’s greatest wilderness adventures. Trips range in length from three to five days and take you through the heart of the Rogue Wilderness Area. Along the way you’ll splash through fun rapids, cool off in side creeks, and spend nights under the stars along the banks of the river. Guides will whip up gourmet camp meals and all the comforts of home will travel via raft from camp to camp. Indigo Creek Outfitters runs trips weekly through the summer. Learn more about their Rogue River rafting trips.
2. 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.
3. Experience the Best Whitewater in Oregon
With big waves, dramatic drops, and spectacular scenery, the Upper Klamath River rafting is Oregon’s best full-day whitewater rafting trip. 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. 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.
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. Taste the river life on the Paddled Pub
The Paddled Pub takes two of our favorite things and combines them into one. Rafting the Rogue River on a custom boat with a guide at the helm while you enjoy a tasty micro brew from Climate City Brewing Company (Grants Pass).
6. Go on a Wine Tour
The Rogue Valley has become a mecca for tasty wines and stunning wineries. Go with someone who knows the industry and the best wineries to visit. BRAVO Outings offers custom wine tours and outings. Learn more about BRAVO Outings and book your tour today!
7. 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. Visit Indigo Creek Outfitters’ Rogue River Half-Day Rafting page to learn more.
8. Go Zip Lining
Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventures is based just outside of the town of Gold Hill, Oregon. They have numerous zip lines that all offer stunning views of the Rogue River Valley. Learn more about Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventures.
9. Go Fish
Not the game, but in real life. Go fishing with one of the areas best fishing guides, Ben Bansen of Fishin’ Oregon. He runs half day and full day fishing trips on the Upper Rogue and multi-day fishing trips on the Wild & Scenic. Learn more about Fishin Oregon.
10. 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.
11. 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.