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The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is located on the Oregon Coast, stretching approximately 40 miles (64 km) north of the Coos River in North Bend to the Siuslaw River in Florence, and adjoining Honeyman State Park on the west. It is part of Siuslaw National Forest and is administered by the United States Forest Service.To visit Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and get the most from your holiday in Reedsport, create itinerary details personal to you using our Reedsport attractions website.
The Oregon Dunes are a unique area of windswept sand. They are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and one of the largest expanses of temperate coastal sand dunes in the world, with some dunes reaching 500 feet (150 m) above sea level. They are the product of millions of years of erosion by wind and rain on the Oregon Coast. There are about 7,000 acres (28 km2) of sand dunes, about a fifth of the total area of the national recreation area. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area provides numerous recreational activities, including off-highway vehicle (OHV) use, hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, and camping. The Carter Dunes Trail and Oregon Dunes Day Use provide forest access for the disabled.
Frank Herbert's science-fiction novel Dune was inspired (in part) by the author's research on and fascination with the area.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area reviews
Really big and expansive. Parking wasn't free, but we couldn't figure out where to get the parking pass. Wish we had rented a dune buggy. That would have been really cool.
Really big and expansive. Parking wasn't free, but we couldn't figure out where to get the parking pass. Wish we had rented a dune buggy. That would have been really cool. more »
Beautiful expansive dunes. We had NO idea they would be so vast and gorgeous. Steep, high, clean, windy, wonderful. Oceanside experience was great fun too. There are some BIG dunes that are a kick to.... more
Beautiful expansive dunes. We had NO idea they would be so vast and gorgeous. Steep, high, clean, windy, wonderful. Oceanside experience was great fun too. There are some BIG dunes that are a kick to.... more »
Didn't expect kids to love this part of our road trip as much as they did. Unlike beach sand, the sand here is very clean. The area we were in was pretty much empty - maybe Oregon kids were still in..... more
Didn't expect kids to love this part of our road trip as much as they did. Unlike beach sand, the sand here is very clean. The area we were in was pretty much empty - maybe Oregon kids were still in..... more »
For a first time visitor, it is actually quite hard to find the dunes. We happened across the visitor center in Reedsport, after driving many miles South from Florence. The center was closed, but lo and behold an angel appeared from within and gave us suggestions and directions to two locations that were awesome. One to the South of Windy Bay and the other on the John Dellenback dunes trail. They offered different perspectives but we're both amazing in their own right.
South Jetty - This was a fantastic area for me and my family in our Jeep to discover! Wide enough areas with many levels of dunes. I saw a lot of safe riding and it it was pretty empty for a summer Sunday. I recommend bringing a map if it's your first time out cuz there's a lot of fingers to the dunes here. There were even areas to do some mudding! Be aware of the tide tables if you venture over the last dune onto the beach. Don't forget to air down and bring/mount your flag!
It’s the Pacific Ocean, and as always the view was spectacular. It smelled so good out on the Dunes
I am speaking from the perspective of someone who has never been off road on dunes before, so take this as you will. This was truly an unforgettable experience. The terrain is great with a mix of challenging areas as well as easy rides. Having the beach so close was great too. Only a few minutes away. We came on a Saturday around noon and there weren't a lot of riders. Overall amazing experience and will come back again soon.
Great place to ride Razors, side-by-side, quads and dirt bikes. The dunes go on forever. Best time to ride is early morning and evening time to miss the crowds.
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