2017 Airstream Base Camp
2017 Airstream Base Camp
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On the banks of Jumpoff Joe Creek, the Grants Pass KOA is a family-friendly campground for exploring Southern Oregon. This RV park is just a short drive from the Rogue River, which has been designated as a National Wild and Scenic River while being within easy access of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and Crater Lake National Park.
Camping at Grants Pass KOA offers access to their fully-stocked general store, as well as a swimming hole at the base of the waterfall on Jumpoff Joe Creek. RVs up to 65 feet in length can pull into their full hookup sites that offer both 30 or 50 amp electrical connections. Wi-Fi is provided free to campers, with firewood and propane both available to purchase on site. Pets are welcome to stay with you, and there’s a fenced-off area where they can get some much-needed exercise. Aside from horseshoes, a volleyball court, and a jumping pad to keep young guests entertained, there are also resident goats and plenty of native wildlife such as deer and turkeys.
Camp in an RV near Grants Pass and make the short drive west to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, which is renowned for its stands of Douglas fir and Port Orford cedar old-growth forest. It stretches from the crest of the Cascade Range into the Siskiyou Mountains, covering almost 1.8 million acres that comprise numerous wilderness areas. If you’re a cycler, you can follow the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway or explore the stunning Glendale-Powers Bicycle Recreation Area while hikers have no shortage of options, including the Rogue River National Recreation Trail.
Also nearby is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a botanically rich protected area where the Cascade and Siskiyou mountains meet. It provides a refuge for numerous endemic species, such as Greene’s mariposa lily and Gentner’s fritillary, which has been listed as federally endangered. Among the hiking opportunities is a section of the long-distance Pacific Crest Trail, offering impressive views of volcanic Pilot Rock. If you want some of the best views in the region, hike to the top of Soda Mountain where the panoramas stretch all the way to the rim of Crater Lake on a clear day.
Want to see this natural wonder up close? Grants Pass campers can access the Crater Lake National Park in just under two hours' drive. Formed by the now-collapsed volcano of Mount Mazama, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and celebrated for its magnificent blue color. Witness the cinder cone of Wizard Island and the Phantom Ship that rise in the middle of the lake or hike through the surrounding old-growth forests where mountain lions and elk roam.
When you’re RV camping at Grants Pass KOA, there are numerous supermarkets and shopping malls in Grants Pass where you can stock up on groceries, as well as gas stations if you need to fill up your RV rental. There’s a good selection of fast food restaurants and eateries for dining out, together with all the services you need for a relaxed stay.
Motorhome camping in Grants Pass offers easy access to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail, which is clustered with wineries where you can sample the Southern Oregon vintages. Soak up the breathtaking views across the vineyards while tasting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with many of the wineries being boutique, family-run operations.
History buffs should make a point of visiting Gold Hill, which is named after the site of a 19th-century gold discovery. Browse the old mining equipment and artifacts on display at the Gold Hill Museum, including a stamp mill that was used to pound and crush the extracted ore. This small city is also home to one of the region’s most unique roadside attractions - the Oregon Vortex - where you can learn about the naturally occurring phenomena that has long been a mystery of Gold Hill.
Continue driving southeast, and you’ll arrive in Central Point, which is home to the Crater Rock Museum where fossils and gems are on display, as well as the arcade games and rides of the local amusement park. The adjacent city of Medford is the place to head for theatrical or musical entertainment, with the Craterian Theater offering everything from plays to classical performances by the Rogue Valley Symphony. Before you return to Grants Pass, be sure to visit the summit of Roxy Ann Peak in the far east of Medford, which affords impressive views across the region.
Whether you want to explore the hiking trails of Southern Oregon or explore its picturesque wine country, book an RV in Josephine County and start planning your next vacation.