Ride the Rogue River
Ideal for a plethora of outdoor activities, the Rogue River is a 215-mile long Southwest Oregon river flowing from the Cascade Range into the Pacific Ocean. The river is well known for its salmon runs, whitewater rafting, and beautiful natural scenery. It was one of the original eight rivers named in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968, and currently, 58 percent of the river still remains wild and scenic. Several historic bridges cross the Rogue River at Grant Pass, including the Gold Hill Bridge, the Caveman Bridge, and the Robertson Bridge, three very impressively engineered structures that serve as both functional bridges and historical landmarks near the city.
Take in Local History
Grants Pass enjoys a convenient location just 30 miles north of the Oregon Caves National Monument, a 488 acre park that has a massive marble cave nestled in the Siskiyou Mountains of southwestern Oregon. Oregon Caves is considered to be a solutional cave, with passages totaling 15,000 feet of formed marble created through metamorphosis of limestone 190 million years ago. Cave touring, hiking, photography, and wildlife viewing are just a few of the activities visitors can explore at the Oregon Caves National Monument, making the area a year-round tourist and local resident hot spot perfect for outdoors enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.
Every Memorial Day weekend since 1959, Grants Pass hosts one of the year’s most popular events in the area - Boatnik. This annual festival includes spectacular boat shows on the river, the traditional Boatnik parade, an impressive fireworks display, and the world famous white water hydroplane race. This five day long festival attracts thousands of visitors and is also a wonderful place for residents to enjoy the food, games, and family fun surrounded by friends and neighbors. Boatnik is organized by volunteers of the Grants Pass Active Club, a non-profit charitable organization that and brings together the community, supports the youth of the area, and works to revitalize the city.