Klamath County, Oregon, is an outdoor lover’s paradise. It’s just that most visit in summer when temperatures routinely hover in the mid-80s. But by skipping a wintertime visit to the Klamath Basin, those visitors are missing out on a hidden gem. Whatever your preferred activity, you’ll find something to love about the Klamath Basin’s winter wonderland.

It’s the Snowmobile Capital of Oregon

SnoWest Magazine once said the Klamath Basin “might be Oregon’s best kept snowmobiling secret—maybe even the Pacific Northwest’s.” Need proof? Look no further than 8,036-foot Pelican Butte. Snowmobilers love riding to the summit, which offers wide-open views of Crater Lake National Park, Lake of the Woods, Upper Klamath Lake and—on a clear day—Mount Shasta. In all, Klamath County hosts roughly 400 miles of groomed and ungroomed trails for snowmobiles. You could spend all winter exploring and never see the same views twice.

Experience Crater Lake in the Winter

Those making a winter visit to Crater Lake National Park not only miss the crowds, but they’ll enjoy one of the most serene settings in all of Oregon. The best wintertime introduction to Crater Lake comes via snowshoe. Rangers host regular snowshoe hikes between November and April, leading visitors on a tour of the forests and meadows along the Crater Lake rim.

Enjoy Stunning Views On the Slopes and Trails

Hit the slopes at Brown Mountain. On your way down, keep an eye out for steam vents that leave patches of the volcano’s slopes devoid of snow. Then, take advantage of the Nordic ski trails at Walt Haring Sno-Park as you cut through ponderosa pine forests and enjoy views of Mount Thielsen and surrounding peaks.


Discover Klamath’s World-Renowned Birding Scene

It’s not breaking news to call the Klamath Basin one of the best bird watching regions in the world. The basin is home to six national wildlife refuges, which offer a breadth of bird-friendly ecosystems that accommodate a wide variety of migrating species. Klamath County also hosts the nation’s oldest birding festival, the Winter Wings Festival, over Presidents Day weekend.

Indulge Your Inner Athlete

Visitors can lace up their skates and go for gold in a number of medal-worthy events at the Bill Collier Ice Arena, an outdoor (covered) rink at Running Y Ranch Resort. The fun includes open and family skate sessions, freestyle sessions, drop-in hockey games, and broomball or curling lessons.



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