Explore Oregon

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1859’s Best of Oregon 2010

This spectacular forest preserve off the Santiam Highway (Hwy 22) was mostly unheard of until 1859 when gold was discovered in the area. That led to years of misuse of the resource.

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Survival Challenge on the Oregon Coast

A Man vs. Wild attache teaches city-slickers how to survive in the wilderness of the Oregon Coastal Range in the dead of winter. The result was wet, hungry and tired—but true primal survival nonetheless. The lessons learned along the path, invaluable. 

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Racing Mountain to Town

When Jenny and Dave Sheldon left Jackson, Wyoming to move to Bend in 1975, they brought with them the idea of a new type of outdoor sports competition involving alpine and Nordic skiing, paddling and cycling, an event similar to what had been run successfully in Jackson that spring.

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Highway 20: Bend to Burns

Wake up your recondite historian and geologist and the events of Highway 20 are perhaps Oregon’s most interesting combination of geology, and Native American and pioneer culture in one stretch.

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Crabbing the Oregon Coast

“My father’s a great fisherman, and he always says that in crabbing, there’s the quick and the dead,” says Rock, 38. “There’s only so much crab out there, and they’ll all be caught up. It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it.”

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Winter Destinations: Steve Amen’s Favorites

Steve Amen, OPB’s Oregon Field Guide, discusses his top Oregon winter destinations, from the Elkhorn Mountains, the highest range in the Blue Mountains of Northeast Oregon, to Anthony Lakes Ski Resort, one of the more beautiful, uncrowded and out-of-the-way ski areas, to the Oregon Coast, where winter storms provide non-stop entertainment as wind-whipped waves pound the beach.

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Ski Trails at Meissner Sno-Park

Nestled on the east side of the Cascade Range, Bend is home to the Deschutes Brewery, Mt. Bachelor and the lesser-known Virginia Meissner Sno-Park. Meissner is 15 miles south of Bend on the west side of Century Drive. Maintained by the Tumalo Langlauf Club and funded entirely by donations, Meissner offers more than thirty kilometers of groomed Nordic trails and snowshoe routes.

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Government Camp

Winters are a delight for Lloyd Scroggins, a ski coach at Mt. Hood. Summers are a close second with hikes and mountain bike trails crawling all over Government Camp. 

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Living in Jacksonville

An ethnic Greek from Tanzania finds peace in Southern Oregon’s Jacksonville–a town with more buildings on the Historic Register than any other Oregon city.

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Highway 99W

Follow your nose through the Pinot Passage, the floodgate to the Willamette Valley wine country. Here’s a sip of history to pair with your next oenophile journey into Oregon’s Burgundian region.