Historic Down Town
Grants Pass is located in Southern Oregon about 60 miles north of the California border. Grants Pass is known for its mild climate. It is a town filled with beauty, history and scenic attractions. Downtown Grants Pass has earned the distinction of a National Historic District because of its historic buildings and homes. The city is filled with antique and collectible shops, ice cream parlors, and sidewalk espresso stands. Be sure to stroll through downtown and enjoy the beautifully restored historical buildings.
The Boatnik is an event for the entire family to enjoy memorial weekend. Kicked off by a parade terminating in Riverside Park, the starting point for whitewater hydro boats racing 35 miles down the Rogue River and back. Magic and art shows, crafts, art, clothing and food vendors.
See below for more activities in Grants Pass.
Historic Grants Pass Bridge
The highlight of Grants Pass is the mighty Rogue River flowing through town. Riverside Park is located right on the Rogue River, next to the bridge and is a wonderful place to picnic and walk along the Rogue. The city is often referred to the "whitewater rafting capital" of Oregon and over 25 outfitters offer rafting adventures in Grants Pass and nearby Merlin. There are jet boats that leave from Grants Pass and take visitors on a tour through Hellgate Canyon. Be sure to bring your cameras to catch the extensive wildlife on film. In 1968 the Rogue River was designated by Congress as a National Wild and Scenic river. This means that visitors have access to an unspoiled wilderness world.
Grants Pass abounds with modern campgrounds and RV facilities, many with boat ramps and riverside campsites. Josephine County has an extensive system of parks, and many of these are on the Rogue River. As far as lodging, you will find quality Hotels, Motels, B & B's and Inns.
Merlin Galice Area
Merlin is known as the "Gateway To The Wild & Scenic Rogue River." Also located nearby is the famous Hellgate Canyon (on Galice Hwy.) where the famous "Jump" segment of the movie "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid" and many other Westerns were filmed.
Above Merlin is Grave Creek, the starting point for the 32 mile "wild" section of the Rogue River. Great white water rafting, fishing and guided tours on the Rogue River are some of the activities available in this area. One of the best hiking trails around is the famous Rogue River Wild and Scenic Trail which starts at Grave Creek above Merlin and runs downstream 40 miles through the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River to Foster Bar.
This canyon is stunning with up to 100ft cliffs on each side and lots of wildlife. Hellgate Excursions provides Jet Boat rides/tours along Rogue River and Hellgate Canyon.
Nearby Indian Mary Park
Located north of town is the historic Indian Mary Park. It is the smallest Indian reservation ever created. Indian Mary Park is now a county park set on the beautiful Rogue River. Camping space is available and includes RV's and tents.
Home of Historic Steam Engines, stagecoaches and more, located in Merlin.
Southern Oregon has a variety of beautiful waterfalls. Some nearby, but more are located about 40 miles away in Douglas County along the Umpqua River. There are over 25 waterfalls! It is a great way to spend they day. If you live in Grants Pass, it is only about an hour away to Douglas County area. Springtime is the best for observation and water flow.
Other counties include Josephine, Jackson and Coos County. Coos County is towards the Coastal Region of Southern Oregon.
Southern Oregon Wineries
Pictured here is Troon Vineyard. Southern Oregon has an abundance of Wineries and vineyards. You can take a wine tasting trip through the Rogue Valley, Applegate Valley or perhaps go north to the Umpqua Valley, (Douglas County).
Southern Oregon weather is perfect for growing grapes and the local Vineyards are consisting winning Awards World Wide for their wines.
Many of the local Wineries & Vineyards hold special events, so check out all that they have to offer.
Pictured here is the "Grave Creek Covered Bridge". It is located 14 miles north of Grants Pass in Sunny Valley. Be sure to visit the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center while in Sunny Valley. It provides a first hand look into the local area, history, fabulous displays, theatre & more.
Other Bridges include:
WIMER BRIDGE - Located 7 miles northeast of Rogue River.
MCKEE BRIDGE - Located near Jacksonville.
ANTELOPE CREEK - Located off Highway 62 in Eagle Point.
LOST CREEK - Near Eagle Point on Hwy 140
Coos County has 18 more covered bridgesWimer Bridge.
Southern Oregon Lakes
Shown here is Lake Selmac located about 25 minutes outside of Grants Pass on Redwood Hwy 199. Other lakes include Applegate Lake, Fish Lake, Hiatt Lake, Lake Of The Woods and more.
REDWOOD HWY 199:
along with lake Selmac, you can continue down 199 towards the Oregon Caves. There is a Chateau, for lodging & dining and Cave Tours.
Continue on Hwy 199 to Jedediah Smith State Pak, home to the Giant Redwood Trees". At that Point you reach the Coastal Hwy, left to Crescent City or right to Brookings.
OTHER GRANTS PASS ACTIVITIES:
The Fabulous 50's Car Show is a summer event. Celebration includes a downtown 50's car cruise, a dance, live music and much more for the entire family to enjoy.
Saturday Artisan & Crafters Market is a festive open-air market featuring some of the finest artisans from around the Rogue Valley.
Art Along the Rogue is a premiere fall event. This unique event introduces an art and music festival at its best.
Bear Fest in Grants Pass, a celebration honoring the area's most prized inhabitants - the black bear.
Concerts in the Park is a great setting for a family picnic with a unique variety of local music performances free to the public.
Native American Arts Festival in Riverside Park.
Grower's Market provides locally grown fruits and vegetables & more.