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The Ultimate Guide to the Klamath Falls

In the Middle of Everywhere

The Ultimate Guide to Klamath Falls

Story by Sara Irvine of Impressions Design + Marketing

 

Look in all directions from beautiful Klamath Falls, Oregon and you will find adventure just a short distance away, making Klamath Falls the hub during any season. The stunning high desert oasis offers superb hiking, exceptional bird watching, hospitality, unparalleled fishing and water sports as well as thrilling adventures found only in the Klamath Basin.

 

Explore

Zipline

Oregon’s longest zipline is located just minutes from Klamath Falls. Crater Lake Zipline is the only tree-based canopy tour on U.S. Forest Service Land; the 1.5 mile course is made up of nine ziplines, two sky bridges and two rappels. Two of the zips are a quarter of a mile long! During the three-hour adventure, you will experience magnificent views of Upper Klamath Lake and Cascade Mountain peaks.

Birding

February is one of the best months to visit the heart of the Pacific Flyway in Klamath Falls. More than one million water fowl migrate through the Klamath Basin each year. It is a wildlife photographer’s dream to have so many opportunities to capture Cackling, Snow, Ross’s, Greater White-fronted Geese and as many as 20 duck varieties within one day—not to mention the majestic bald eagles that winter in the Klamath Basin. Photo opportunities are abundant each day at the National Wildlife Refuges, Lava Beds National Monument, Crater Lake National Park and Lake of the Woods. 

The annual Winter Wings Festival held President’s Day weekend is a must-attend event for birding and wildlife photography enthusiasts. Presentations, workshops, field trips and free family activities are available throughout the weekend.

Crater Lake National Park

Klamath County is known for being the home of Crater Lake and its wondrous beauty. One of the best ways to experience it is on a lake cruise. Take in the phenomenal view, learn about the history of the lake and spend three hours on Wizard Island, in the middle of the deepest lake in the U.S. For an even more unique encounter, visit the lake on one of the vehicle-free days in September and ride your bike, walk or run during the second annual Ride the Rim event.

Ride Klamath Ride

Klamath Falls is becoming one of the State’s most desirable riding destinations. From mountain trails to highway biking to gravel grinders, there are hundreds of miles of trails for all levels. All are scenic, not crowded and easily accessible. Make sure to visit www.rideklamathride.com, which features downloadable maps and GPS links to map out your ride—you will know exactly what can be expected on each road or trail.

The 50 mile Volcanic Legacy route from Rocky Point to Crater Lake National Park is in consideration to become the 14th Scenic Bikeway by the State of Oregon. Klamath Trails Alliance is developing 50 miles of fantastic trails on Spence Mountain, hiring Dirt Mechanics, the same engineers and trail builders who have built the Mount Bachelor downhill park.

 

Please Your Palate

The Klamath Basin has some of the most unique dining around, satisfying nearly any palate. In between adventures or at the end of the day, be sure to try some local favorites. 

Klamath Basin Brewing Company

Located in the iconic 1935 Crater Lake Creamery Building downtown, the Brew Pub features a casual atmosphere and a wide variety of American cuisine that pairs well with the award winning brews on tap. From Porters, Ales to Hefeweizens and seasonal brews, head brewer Corey Zchoche uses only top quality malts, hops and yeast. Diners can pick from a menu featuring pub food like sweet potato fries, burgers, steaks, salads or pastas.

Rodeos Pizza & Saladeria

Creative, delicious pizza by-the-slice is not isolated to big cities like Chicago and New York, but is found in downtown Klamath Falls. Rodeos’ dough is made from scratch and cold-proofed for two days to develop excellent flavor and texture. Fresh ingredients, such as whole-milk mozzarella cheese (grated fresh each day), tomatillos, kale, zucchini and green chiles combine with traditional pizza toppings for a meal like none other.

Nibbley’s Café

The newly relocated restaurant offers indoor and patio seating, as well as a private bar. Nibbley’s is a recipient of the Rand McNalley’s Best of the Road award and steadily receives top reviews on tourist sites such as Trip Advisor. The Crunchy Chicken Salad, Death by Burger and their famous oatcakes are among their top rated menu items, not to mention their dessert case filled with delectable treats.

Mr. B’s Steakhouse

With food that samples from French and German flavors, Mr. B’s presents fine dining in an intimate setting. Prime rib, chicken cordon bleu, schnitzel and fresh seafood and fine wines are served throughout the three course meal.

 

Indulge

As a destination that is quietly set apart, take advantage of the extravagances scattered throughout the Klamath Basin. Stay, eat, shop and get pampered without the noise of the city.

Crater Lake Resort

Only 30 miles from Crater Lake, the Crater Lake Resort offers year-round lodging. Creek-side cabins are cozy, rustic and feature en suite bathrooms, kitchenettes, decks, and TVs. RV sites and tent sites are available for camping as well.

The facility is a perfect place to stay during your Crater Lake adventure or to secure for family reunions. The Hamilton Hall is available for group get-togethers and the grass near the creek is the perfect venue for an intimate ceremony. 

Running Y Ranch Resort

Guests of the Running Y Ranch Resort experience fresh mountain air, clear star-studded night skies and a beautiful landscape of 3,600 acres during their stay. The Lodge overlooks the Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course.

Want something out of the ordinary and upscale? Check into one of the chalets, townhomes or custom homes that are available for your romantic escape, weekend of golf, spa getaway or week-long vacation. With fully-stocked kitchens, well-furnished living spaces, and access to the Resort Sports Center, tennis and athletic courts, your vacation “home base” is set 

Avalon Salon & Spa

Get pampered at this lavishly decorated AVEDA concept salon and spa. Avalon Salon & Spa offers unique high-end spa treatments including hair, nail and skin care services. Multiple massage techniques are available, including relaxation, hot stone and deep tissue massage.

Woodland Lighting and Home Décor

Finding a unique piece for your home or gift for friends and family starts and ends at Woodland Lighting and Home Décor. They have a wide selection of outdoor themed décor, high end lighting and even a children’s toy and clothing line.

 

Avalon Salon & Spa   

3810 S 6th Street, Ste. 120, Klamath Falls

541-884-2800

www.klamathfallsspa.com

 

Biking Resources

www.rideklamathride.com

www.klamathtrails.org

www.dirtmechanics.com

 

Birding Resources

www.klamathbirdingtrails.com

www.klamathaudubon.org

 

Crater Lake National Park

www.nps.gov/crla

 

Crater Lake Resort     

50711 Hwy 62, Fort Klamath

541-381-2349

www.craterlakeresort.com

 

Crater Lake Zipline    

29840 Hwy. 140 W, Klamath Falls

541-892-ZIPP

www.craterlakezipline.com

 

Klamath Basin Brewing

1320 Main St., Klamath Falls

541-273-5222

www.kbbrewing.com

 

Mr. B’s Steakhouse

3927 S. 6th St., Klamath Falls

541-883-8719

 

Nibbley’s Café                       

2424 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls

541-883-2314

www.nibbleys.com

 

Rodeos Pizza & Saladeria      

1215 Main Street, Klamath Falls

541-205-3464

www.rodeos-pizza.com

 

Running Y Resort                              

5500 Running Y Road, Klamath Falls

541-850-5500

www.runningy.com

 

Winter Wings Festival                       

info@winterwingsfest.org

www.winterwingsfest.org

 

Woodland Lighting and Home Décor

735 Commercial Street, Klamath Falls

541-273-7495

www.woodlandlighting.org

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