Going off the rails

Riding the Oregon dunes

Aug. 24, 2019 — Florence marks the beginning of the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, 31,500 acres of sand dunes, forests and ocean that stretches 40 miles between Florence and Coos Bay.

With some dunes rising up to 500 feet above sea level, areas open to motorized vehicles are often filled with speeding sand rails, all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and vehicles with four-wheel drive.

All it takes is an orange dune flag and an off-highway vehicle (OHV) permit.

Businesses in the area offer rentals of some of these vehicles.

Both Sandland Adventures, 85366 Highway 101 near South Jetty Road, and Sand Dunes Frontier, 83960 Highway 101 in Dunes City, offer dunes tours on smaller, faster sand rails as well as slower, large-group tours on giant dune buggies.

For more information on riding the Oregon dunes, visit www.fs.usda.gov/activity/siuslaw/recreation/ohv.


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