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.

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#1. Going Underground: Oregon Caves National Monument


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 cave. To…
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#2. Desert on Display: The High Desert Museum


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 p…
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Bend, OR - Nature Trips BestNature Trips Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Elk in Love: Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area


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 by the…
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Jewell, OR - Nature Trips
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#4. The Hues of Autumn: McKenzie Highway


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, most…
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Sisters, OR - Nature Trips
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#5. Butterfly Byway: Big Summit Prairie, Ochoco National Forest


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 to b…
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Prineville, OR - Nature Trips
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#6. Wetlands at Work: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve


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 fun: T…
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Coos Bay, OR - Nature Trips
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#7. Alpine Bouquet: Iron Mountain Trail


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 and hike…
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Sweet Home, OR - Nature Trips
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#8. Waterworld: Silver Falls State Park


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.…
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Salem, OR - Nature Trips
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#9. Grand Views in a Big Country: Steens Mountain


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 clim…
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Frenchglen, OR - Nature Trips
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#10. Bright River, Big Bugs: Mecca Flat, Deschutes River


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 the tr…
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Madras, OR - Nature Trips
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#11. Bloom With a View: Tom McCall Preserve


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 will intr…
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Rowena, OR - Nature Trips
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#12. A Trillion Trilliums: Tryon Creek State Natural Area


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 Festival…
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Portland, OR - Nature Trips
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#13. Come Into My Parlor, Said the Flower to the Fly: Darlingtonia State Natural Site


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 plants g…
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Florence, OR - Nature Trips
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#14. A Cacophony of Camas: Camassia


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 and oth…
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West Linn, OR - Nature Trips
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#15. The World Down Underwater: Oregon Coast Aquarium


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 views…
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Newport, OR - Nature Trips
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#16. Snakes Alive: Fern Ridge Wildlife Area


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 snake…
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Eugene, OR - Nature Trips
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#17. The Working Forest: Peavy Arboretum


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 to provi…
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Corvallis, OR - Nature Trips
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#18. The Long Journey Home: Oxbow Regional Park


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 are a…
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Troutdale, OR - Nature Trips
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#19. Salamander Central: Audubon Society of Portland Bird Sanctuary


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 pond, wh…
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Portland, OR - Nature Trips
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#20. Deer Diner: Oatman Flat


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 the most…
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La Pine, OR - Nature Trips
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