Cities and Towns of the Oregon Cascades
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Dominated by approximately 700 miles of the Cascade Mountain Range, the Oregon Cascades region is legendary for its recreational opportunities. The region is home to seven different national forests and is best known for Oregon's highest mountain, Mount Hood, and the nearby recreation area, the Columbia River Gorge.
Approximately four million people visit the Mount Hood National Forest each year, which extends from the shores of the Columbia Gorge to the foot of Mount Jefferson, some 60 miles south. The Mount Hood Scenic Byway provides an awe-inspiring view of dormant volcano, whose last recorded eruption was barely 200 years ago, shortly before Lewis and Clark's famed expedition. The byway also skirts several other memorable sights, such as the 1930's Timberline Lodge, now a national historic landmark.
Crater Lake National Park, at the southern end of the Oregon Cascade region, may not receive the numbers of visitors that Mount Hood does, but it its unique beauty has been dazzling visitors for thousands of years, since Native Americans first stood upon its shores. Today, a half-million people make the trek to the national park, which is located a couple of hours' drive from Central Point and Medford.
The Oregon Cascades region is best known of course, for its excellent skiing and backcountry recreation opportunities. Ski areas pepper the slopes from Mount Hood near the state's northern border, all the way to Mount Ashland, in the south. But there are also numerous scenic drives and circle tours that visitors can take that will offer a unique glimpse at small towns and communities that make up this fascinating region.
Cascades Raptor Center
A non-profit organization providing wildlife rescue and public education services throughout Lane County, Oregon. Web site covers such topics as: What to do in a wildlife emergency. Rehabilitation and rescue of wildlife. Public education about wildlife. Also offers a guest book and links to similar sights.
Presents through photos and links a virtual mountainscape of the Pacific Northwest glaciated Cascade peaks. Includes climbing photos and web cams of Cascade peaks.
Collier State Park. Highway 97, 30 miles north of Klamath Falls, Chiloquin, OR 97624. GPS: 42.646223 N, -121.879573 W
KLA-MO-YA Casino. Highway 97 at the South Crater, Chiloquin, OR 97624.Toll-free: 1-888-552-6692.
Oregon Caves National Monument
Above ground, the 480- acre site encompasses a remnant old-growth coniferous forest harboring an array of plants and a Douglas fir tree with the widest known girth in Oregon. Three hiking trails access this forest. Below ground is an active marble cave created by natural forces over thousands of years. For a fee, a private concessionaire will provide tours of the cave.
Steamboat Inn, is located thirty-eight miles east of Roseburg, on Highway 138. Nestled among the towering firs of the Umpqua National Forest, the Inn commands a breath-taking view of the North Umpqua River. Nearby attractions include Crater Lake National Park, Diamond Lake, excellent wineries and Wildlife Safari. Fishing, trails for hikers, and swimming are within minutes of the Inn.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Crater Lake Gem of the Cascades by K R. Cranson. This geological account of Crater Lake National Park incorporates the latest research conducted in the park by United States Geological Survey geologists and other scientists. This edition has an appendix, glossary, references and index. Over 17 color photographic plates illustrate key geological features in the park. Order now...
Fodor's Oregon, 6th Edition (Full-Color Travel Guide) by Fodor's. Discover beautiful scenery, the newest urban towns, wine and brew venues and much more. This guide offers advice and recommendations from the local writers, maps, photos and descriptions of each area. Order now...
Backroads & Byways of Oregon: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions by Crystal Wood. With natives as your guides, this series leads you down the road less traveled. Offering up 11 distinctive road trips and weekend getaways-from the awe-inspiring Oregon Coast to the geological wonders of Mt. Hood-this one-of-a-kind guide reveals the quirks and little-known delights of the "real" Oregon. Order now...
Oregon: An Explorer's Guide 3rd Edition by Denise Fainberg. New color highlights make it easier to find the info you need. Includes: getting there, getting around, what to see, what to do, green space, family activities, where to stay and eat, entertainment, selective shopping, special events, and more. Color highlights throughout, 100 black-and-white photographs. Order now...
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