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The mild climate and world famous Rogue River bring many visitors to Grants Pass. The Rogue winds through the old downtown area, which has been designated a National Historic District. Located 63 miles south of Roseburg at the junction of I-5 and US 199, Grants Pass has an annual rainfall of 30 inches and a yearly mean temperature of 52 degrees. Local residents have displayed a banner that justifiably proclaims "It's the Climate".

Fishing, rafting, hiking and more are popular outdoor activities in Grants Pass. Since the city is midway between the mouth and the source of the Rogue, it's no surprise that many activities are water oriented. One of the most scenic areas is the 250 foot deep Hellgate Canyon where the river rushes through a narrow rock cleft. It can be seen from an overlook on the Merlin-Galice road (take Exit 61 off I-5). Or, take a short jet boat trip through this scenic section. Other ways to enjoy the river are drift boat trips, oar rafts, or one person kayaks. There are many guide and boat services offering trips and tours to suit every vacation plan, and several places rent rafts or kayaks.

The upper Rogue is renowned for its salmon and steelhead fishing. Anglers can try fly fishing, bank fishing and drift boat fishing. If your time is limited, try a guided trip (usually between one and four days) for help finding those secret fishing holes.

Another way to experience the Rogue is by hiking on the Rogue River Trail. The trail, which is 40 miles one way, runs from Graves Creek to Illahe. It follows the river closely several hundred feet above the water, giving the hiker spectacular views of the canyon and river below. The best time to hike the trail is in the spring, when wildflowers and water are abundant. For a one day seven mile round trip hike, take the trail from Graves Creek to Whiskey Creek and back. There are many waterfalls and rapids, as well as many different kinds of plant and animal life. A sign near the beginning of the trail marks the high water mark from the flood of December, 1964.

Lined with trees, the city center is filled with antique stores, unique restaurants and specialty shops. Tours are available of the historic business district and surrounding residential neighborhoods, which feature an unusual mix of architectural periods, reflecting the colorful past of this former stagecoach and rail stop.


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    Located only 50 miles from Grants Pass, the Oregon Caves National Monument is located high in the Siskiyou Mountains east of Cave Junction.

    Visit the "Marble Halls of Oregon" for a guided tour of the stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flowstones and draperies of Oregon's first National Monument. Fees are charged, and there is a height restriction for children. Visit the National Park Service cave tours website for more information.


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