When planning your travel to the Oregon Coast, note that one of the major attractions is the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Located at the north end of the Oregon south coast, the sand dunes are centered around Reedsport and extend south to Coos Bay.
Riding a Dune Buggy, RV Camping, Horse Riding, Camping and more
The Oregon Dunes rise to 500 feet above sea level and offer recreational activities including hiking, photography, fishing, horseback riding, camping, RV camping, and the use of ATV’s. There are hiking trails through wetlands, forests and dunes; campgrounds, beach parking areas and day use areas.
The size of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area is massive. They cover over 50 miles of coastline, are centered around Reedsport and Winchester Bay, and extend south to Coos Bay / North Bend and north to Florence. The best way to experience the Dunes is from an ATV. Even if you do not have any experience on an ATV, don't let that dissuade you. There are numerous places to rent an ATV and the proprietors are excellent at training the uninitiated. Just plan on taking it easy, and go as slowly as you want to go, and enjoy the view.
The Oregon Dunes offer opportunities to camp, RV, hike, watch birds, and enjoy the wildlife and the seashore. A major attraction is the ability to use an ATV in the sand and on the beach. If you have never been on an ATV, dune buggy, or quad, don't let lack of experience dissuade you. Not only is riding an ATV a lot of fun, it is the best way to explore the massive Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area allows the use of sand rail, motorcycle, 4x4, quad either through private use or guided tours. Vehicle rentals are available through area vendors. Included in the dunes are over 30 lakes and ponds with canoeing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and fishing available.
There are at least 8 public campgrounds south of Reedsport and north of Coos Bay. Many campsites cater to RVs and quad riders. A few, mostly just north of Coos Bay or near Lakeside, are for camping only or horse riding and do not allow ATVs or quads.
Coos Bay / North Bend mark the south end of the Oregon National Dunes Recreation Area. The dunes start immediately across the US Route 101 bridge to the north. For information about renting ATVs, or using your own off road vehicle in and around the dunes, see the ... more