Best Nature Trips in Oregon

This list represents the most popular nature trips in Oregon. Use this list to plan your next Oregon nature trips trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Going Underground: Oregon Caves National Monument

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    Cave Junction, OR

    Visit the subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, bats, blind insects, and other strange sights at Oregon Caves National Monument. Take a guided tour through a 0.5-mile segment of the ...
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    Visit the subterranean world of stalactites, stalagmites, bats, blind insects, and other strange sights at Oregon Caves National ...

  • #2 Desert on Display: The High Desert Museum

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    Bend, OR

    This world-class museum features a host of innovative exhibits interpreting the natural and human history of the High Desert, a region that includes portions of eight western states and one Canadian ...
    •  2 hours plus driving time
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    This world-class museum features a host of innovative exhibits interpreting the natural and human history of the High Desert, ...

  • #3 Elk in Love: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

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    Jewell, OR

    Watch bull Roosevelt elk gather in open meadows to bugle and battle as the fall rut, or mating season, swings into full heat. The best bet is to start at the developed parking and viewing area ...
    •  2 hours plus driving time
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    Watch bull Roosevelt elk gather in open meadows to bugle and battle as the fall rut, or mating season, swings into full heat. ...

  • #4 The Hues of Autumn: McKenzie Highway

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    Sisters, OR

    This 36-mile drive shimmers with the reds and yellows of fall colors while offering expansive vistas of the Cascade Mountains. Although you can begin this trip from either side of the mountains, ...
    •  2 to 5 hours
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    This 36-mile drive shimmers with the reds and yellows of fall colors while offering expansive vistas of the Cascade Mountains. ...

  • #5 Butterfly Byway: Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest

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    Prineville, OR

    The warm summer sun brings out the butterflies along this scenic drive through a national forest in central Oregon. Butterfly watching is best between 9 A.M. and 4 P.M., when they are most likely ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
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    The warm summer sun brings out the butterflies along this scenic drive through a national forest in central Oregon. Butterfly ...

  • #6 Wetlands at Work: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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    Coos Bay, OR

    The 60 inches of rain that falls annually on the coastal forest seeps through the ground to replenish the wetlands and estuary below. Follow its course on a trail from forest to tidal flat. The ...
    •  3 hours plus driving time
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    The 60 inches of rain that falls annually on the coastal forest seeps through the ground to replenish the wetlands and estuary ...

  • #7 Alpine Bouquet: Iron Mountain Trail

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    Sweet Home, OR

    An extravaganza of high-country wildflowers greets hikers on this easy, accessible trail in the Cascade Mountains. To fully enjoy the forest and the meadow wildflowers, park at the trailhead ...
    •  4 hours plus driving time
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    An extravaganza of high-country wildflowers greets hikers on this easy, accessible trail in the Cascade Mountains. To fully ...

  • #8 Waterworld: Silver Falls State Park

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    Salem, OR

    A spectacular array of waterfalls in all their power and splendor awaits winter hikers along the Trail of Ten Falls, just outside Oregon’s capital city.
    •  5 hours plus driving time
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    A spectacular array of waterfalls in all their power and splendor awaits winter hikers along the Trail of Ten Falls, just ...

  • #9 Grand Views in a Big Country: Steens Mountain

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    Frenchglen, OR

    Fall in Oregon’s big sky country features aspens in golden splendor, grand vistas, and a taste of the freedom of the open range. Take the Steens Mountain Loop Road from Frenchglen as it gradually ...
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    Fall in Oregon’s big sky country features aspens in golden splendor, grand vistas, and a taste of the freedom of the open ...

  • #10 Bright River, Big Bugs: Mecca Flat, Deschutes River

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    Madras, OR

    Swarms of enormous salmonflies hatch on the Deschutes River in June, filling the air and the water in an impressive spectacle of newly emergent life. Park at Mecca Flat and walk downriver along ...
    •  2 hours plus driving time
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    Swarms of enormous salmonflies hatch on the Deschutes River in June, filling the air and the water in an impressive spectacle ...

  • #11 Bloom With a View: Tom McCall Preserve

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    Rowena, OR

    Native wildflowers bloom in profusion on the expansive Rowena Plateau, overlooking the mighty Columbia River. Park at the small trailhead at the preserve entrance, where an interpretive sign ...
    •  4 hours plus driving time
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    Native wildflowers bloom in profusion on the expansive Rowena Plateau, overlooking the mighty Columbia River. Park at the ...

  • #12 A Cacophony of Camas: Camassia

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    West Linn, OR

    Camas in hues of deep purple bloom in profusion at this urban nature preserve. An interpretive signboard at the trailhead has a map of the preserve and its trails. The best places to see camas ...
    •  3 hours plus driving time
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    Camas in hues of deep purple bloom in profusion at this urban nature preserve. An interpretive signboard at the trailhead ...

  • #13 A Trillion Trilliums: Tryon Creek State Natural Area

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    Portland, OR

    Spring has returned to western Oregon when the trillium, one of the earliest flowers to bloom, unfolds its delicate white-to-pink petals at Tryon Creek State Natural Area. Attend the Trillium ...
    •  3 hours plus driving time
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    Spring has returned to western Oregon when the trillium, one of the earliest flowers to bloom, unfolds its delicate white-to-pink ...

  • #14 Come Into My Parlor, Said the Flower to the Fly: Darlingtonia State Natural Site

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    Florence, OR

    Carnivorous plants lurk in the forest along a busy, scenic coastal highway. From the parking lot, take the short trail through the forest to the boardwalk over the bog. The California pitcher ...
    •  20 minutes plus driving time
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    Carnivorous plants lurk in the forest along a busy, scenic coastal highway. From the parking lot, take the short trail through ...

  • #15 The World Down Underwater: Oregon Coast Aquarium

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    Newport, OR

    The wonders of the Pacific undersea world can be found under one roof here, from the smallest fish to frolicking seals and sea otters. Start with the inside exhibits, where you will get close-up ...
    •  2 hours plus driving time
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    The wonders of the Pacific undersea world can be found under one roof here, from the smallest fish to frolicking seals and ...

  • #16 Snakes Alive: Fern Ridge Wildlife Area

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    Eugene, OR

    For something a bit different, try an afternoon of snake watching at a wildlife area just outside the university town of Eugene. On a warm sunny afternoon, you can spot dozens of harmless garter ...
    •  1 hour plus driving time
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    For something a bit different, try an afternoon of snake watching at a wildlife area just outside the university town of ...

  • #17 The Working Forest: Peavy Arboretum

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    Corvallis, OR

    It is a fact that humans depend heavily on forests for the wood products used to make building materials, paper, and other necessities of life. See how professional foresters manage woodlands ...
    •  2 hours plus driving time
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    It is a fact that humans depend heavily on forests for the wood products used to make building materials, paper, and other ...

  • #18 Salamander Central: Audubon Society of Portland Bird Sanctuary

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    Portland, OR

    Rough-skinned newts, one of Oregon’s most abundant salamanders, trek out of the surrounding forest beginning in March as they make a beeline for the Audubon Society of Portland bird sanctuary ...
    •  1 hour plus driving time
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    Rough-skinned newts, one of Oregon’s most abundant salamanders, trek out of the surrounding forest beginning in March as ...

  • #19 The Long Journey Home: Oxbow Regional Park

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    Troutdale, OR

    Watch salmon spawn along the banks of the Sandy River beneath a canopy of fall colors, just a short drive from Portland. Attend the Salmon Festival held on the second weekend in October. There ...
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    Watch salmon spawn along the banks of the Sandy River beneath a canopy of fall colors, just a short drive from Portland. ...

  • #20 Deer Diner: Oatman Flat

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    La Pine, OR

    Mule deer by the hundreds gather in a roadside field to graze during the cold desert winter. Park at the turnout and scan the field for deer. Mornings and evenings see the most activity and ...
    •  30 minutes plus driving time
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    Mule deer by the hundreds gather in a roadside field to graze during the cold desert winter. Park at the turnout and scan ...