Staff Picks: 7 Beautiful Oregon Destinations to Celebrate Earth Day At

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We asked our staff what their favorite place in Oregon was, here's what they had to say:


Smith Rock State Park

"In addition to being a world class climbing destination, Smith Rock is a Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon nesting hotspot. There's nothing cooler than climbing in such a beautiful place with eagles soaring right above you!"

- Hanna Anderson, Communications Associate

Photo by Hanna Anderson

Crater Lake National Park

"As Oregon's only National Park, Crater Lake is one of the most amazing places in the world and a great place to visit any time of year. However, we need more and Crater Lake should be expanded to better protect the recreation and wildlife corridors leading into and out of the park"

- Erik Fernandez, Wilderness Program Manager

Learn more about the Crater Lake Wilderness here

Photo by Erik Fernandez

Mt. Hood National Forest

"Snow day adventures on Mt. Hood! It's a short drive from Portland, and we love stopping for pizza in Hood River on the drive home!"

- Lauren Anderson, Forest Climate Policy Coordinator

Learn more about the Mt. Hood National Forest here

Photo by Lauren Anderson

Eagle Cap Wilderness

"When we need a break from the farm, my wife Emily, our heelers, and I head to a secret beach on Hurricane Creek in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Sometimes we find fossils, see fish or birds, but mostly we just sit, throw sticks, and listen to the water go by."

- Rob Klavins, Northeast Oregon Field Coordinator

Learn more about the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and other wilderness areas in Eastern Oregon here

Photo by Rob Klavins

Oregon's Ancient Forests

"I love spending time in ancient forests. It's like going to church."

- Doug Heiken, Conservation and Restoration Coordinator

Read more about hiking our ancient forests here

Photo by Doug Heiken

Devil's Staircase Wilderness

"The wild forests of the Coast Range in the Devil's Staircase Wilderness is tough to explore, but worth the dirt and scratches to reach Wasson Creek!"

- Chandra LeGue, Western Oregon Field Coordinator

Read more this amazing remote wilderness here

Photo by Chandra LeGue

Literally ANYWHERE

"I feel a deep sense of gratitude to get to live in a place as beautiful as Oregon. There's no one favorite spot to visit - it's wherever I get to spend time with my two sons enjoying these breathtaking wild spaces."

- Danielle Moser, Wildlife Program Coordinator

Photo by Danielle Moser

No matter where you choose to appreciate Oregon's breathtaking beauty, have a Happy Earth Day!