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Rouge-Umpqua Scenic Byway

The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway is a scenic loop that starts in Roseburg and ends at Gold Hill, just north of Medford and I-5.  There is much to see along this beautiful byway including numerous waterfalls, Diamond Lake, Crater Lake, the North Umpqua and Rogue Rivers and many geological wonders created by the formation of the Cascade Mountains.  This loop takes you from an elevation of 400' to over 5000' so during the fall, winter and spring months you will want to check the Oregon road conditions.  Take a day drive and do the entire "loop" seeing just the highlights or take several days and enjoy the spectacular beauty of all there is to see.  On this page we are just presenting the loop through to the upper Rogue Valley, which is the area that is considered the most scenic.  The total distance of this complete loop is just under 200 miles and is an easy day trip that allows with some stops along the way.  The loop is divided into three segments, the "North Umpqua",  "The High Cascades", and the "Upper Rogue".

You will be traveling high into the Cascade Mountains which is also known as the "Highway of Waterfalls".  The first point of interest is in Glide where the North Umpqua River crashes into the Little River at the "Colliding Rivers", one of the few places in the world where two rivers meet head-on.  You continue on and pass more than a dozen waterfalls along with points of interest such as Rock Creek Fish Hatchery, Illahee Flats, Motts Bridge and the Umpqua Rocks Geologic Area before you reach Diamond Lake, a year-round playground for biking, fishing and winter sports such as snowshoeing, skiing and snowmobiling.  Then onwards to the north entrance of Crater Lake which is open June through September/October.  In the winter you gain access to the park by going to the south entrance on Highway 62.  This is a must stop for any visitor, the beauty is incomparable and the clarity and depth of Crater Lake really has to be seen to be appreciated.  After visiting Crater Lake you continue your journey on towards Gold Hill passing the Rogue River Gorge and Natural Bridge where the river has carved its way through the rock beds of ancient lava flows.  There are two geologic interpretive waysides less than one mile apart to enjoy these two unique wonders.  Then onward to the the Lost Creek Reservoir which calms the Rogue until it leaves where the river once again becomes turbulent, offering challenging rafting adventures and world-class fishing that is also found on the North Umpqua.

This is a truly unique drive with many points of interests, pull-outs and waysides.  Most of the small towns/settlements that you pass through offer food and gas.  The hillsides are covered with mixes of conifers such as Douglas Fir, Sugar Pine, Cedar and Hemlock along with deicidous trees such as Oaks, Madrones and many others.  We hope you enjoy your visit!

   
     

     

     

 

 

For more information on this drive and/or a brochure named "Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway" 
please contact one of the following:
Umpqua National Forest, the Roseburg District Bureau of Land Management
or the Roseburg Visitors and Convention Bureau
 

Roseburg District, Bureau of Land Management
777 NW Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 440-4930

Umpqua National Forest

2900 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97470
North Umpqua Ranger District
(541) 496-3532
Diamond Lake Ranger District
(541) 498-2531

Roseburg Visitors and Convention Bureau
410 SE Spruce Street
Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 672-9731

Hours - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Check-in - 3:00 pm / Check out - 11:00 am


Illahee Inn
170 Wild Thyme Lane
(Formerly Bar L Ranch Rd)
Glide, OR 97443
GPS Coordinates
Lat 43.306144  Long -123.077390
Coordinates: N43
18.36864, W1234.6434


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