Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

After a long day of driving, for the second day in a row, we finally arrived in Florence, Oregon. We planned on being here for four days before heading off to Welches to spend two weeks in the Mt. Hood and Portland areas. Despite being completely exhausted, we were so excited to be at our first RV park outside of our home base and decided to drop the rig and head to the beach right away.

The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is part of the Siuslaw National Forest. It’s an incredible 31,500 acres of sand dunes, forests, river and ocean. The variety of terrains come together to create a wildly beautiful park to do a wide variety of activities in. There’s off roading, hiking, paddling, wildlife and bird watching, clamming, and even camping. It’s $5.00 for a day pass and the park uses the honor system with payments. Beware if you choose not to pay, you will find a ticket on your car. Rangers do monitor the parking lots.

Pay station at the entrance of the recreation area.

Pay station at the entrance of the recreation area.

Kevin bird hunting, which is his new favorite activity.

Kevin bird hunting, which is his new favorite activity.

A crab we found that Olaf tried to have as a snack. LOL

A crab we found that Olaf tried to have as a snack. LOL

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We followed the road from the entrance until it dead ended with access to the pier and the ocean. We headed down to the right of the pier towards the beach with the dogs because we saw other off leash pups there. It was a beautiful beach with soft sands and crystal clear waters. There were lots of barnacle covered rocks with crabs under them and huge driftwood trees that added to the overall charm of the beach. We took the dogs off their leashes and let them run wild. I seriously have never seen them have so much fun. They ran around like crazy, jumping into the water, catching crabs and chasing birds. We loved seeing them so happy.

Olaf isn’t much of a water dog, but he had a blast running free.

Olaf isn’t much of a water dog, but he had a blast running free.

After an hour or so of relaxing and watching them run around, we headed back up to the parking lot to walk over the dunes and watch the sunset. Talk about an amazing place with a spectacular view. When you get to the top of the dunes, it gives you an amazing elevated view of the ocean waves crashing onto the shore while the sun sinks below the water. It’s a sight we won’t forget anytime soon.

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We definitely recommend stopping at the dunes for a visit if your in the area. Its a fun, affordable, easy activity that will make your Oregon Coast experience something very special!