Enjoy all Grants Pass, Oregon, and Josephine County Have to Offer

Discover the Adventures, History & Culture of Southern Oregon


Southern Oregon is defined by many things. It offers the rugged, wild beauty of green forests, mountains and coastline — all ideal for amazing outdoor adventures. But it also has a rich history, interesting art scene, thriving wine culture, great restaurants, fun events and so much more to enjoy.

Here in Grants Pass, the place United Country Real Estate | River Valley Lifestyle Living calls home, we embrace the city’s slogan, a call to “Live Rogue.” It’s not only a direct reference to the area’s Rogue River, it’s also a reflection of the spirit of Grants Pass and its residents.

Let’s take a closer look at Grants Pass, Josephine County and Southwest Oregon and their appeal to so many visitors and residents alike.

Explore Historic Downtown Grants Pass, Oregon

Named after Civil War General (and later President) Ulysses S. Grant, Grants Pass has a storied history marked by Native American wars, the gold rush and the city’s place as a stop on the Oregon Trail. Incorporated in 1887, Grants Pass saw a population boom well into the 1900s, thanks to the impact of the Oregon-California Railroad.

Today, that history is preserved with Downtown Grants Pass’ designation as a National Historic District. Walking tours with interactive maps guide visitors past historic landmarks such as the Rogue Theatre, opened in 1938, along with buildings still standing since the 1800s.

Along the way, stop by Growers’ Market for local fresh produce, specialty foods and crafts. And if you’re into wine, you’ll find around two dozen varietals represented in Southern Oregon, all best explored via the Applegate Valley Wine Trail. Art lovers will want to check out the Grants Pass Museum of Art, the Glass Forge Gallery & Studio and various public artworks.

The dining options are also plentiful here, with cafes, delis, international cuisine, fine dining and more. Whether you’re looking for a specialty shop, a health spa, a local brewery, live music or just about anything else you could need … you’ll likely find it in Grants Pass.

Southwest Oregon: A River Runs Through It

Southwest Oregon is a region of beauty and adventure. As the centerpiece of Grants Pass, the mighty Rogue River (officially designated as “Wild and Scenic”) beckons outdoor recreation enthusiasts with opportunities for rafting, fishing, swimming and other activities. Rely on a guide to take you to the best spots for salmon and steelhead fishing, or head out on your own in a jetboat.

Is hiking more your vibe? Check out the short (1.8 miles) but stunning Rainie Falls Trail, or the much longer (around 40 miles) Rogue River National Recreation Trail. Even just locally in Grants Pass, you’ll find places like Reinhart Park, with 50 acres of trails, ponds, ball fields and more. Bicycling is also big in the area and Josephine County features popular trails such as Cathedral Hills, Allen Creek and Winona Loop.

The Hellgate Recreation Area is a must-see destination starting at the mouth of the Applegate River. Expert rafters love the 27 miles of class I and class II rapids, while others tend to favor the campsites, picnic areas and fishing spots. As the Applegate flows into the Rogue, the canyon gets deeper, rockier and more scenic while you paddle. Also worth a day trip from Grants Pass are Crater Lake National Park an hour-and-a-half northeast, and Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve a little more than an hour due south.

Trying to stay active in the winter months? No worries, popular destinations such as Mt. Ashland Ski Area and Diamond Lake Resort offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing and other winter fun!


Southern Oregon’s Overall Appeal? Maybe ‘It’s the Climate’

Maybe the overall appeal of Southern Oregon, as Grants Pass first claimed on a city sign more than 100 years ago (and still promotes today), is the weather. The city’s “It’s the Climate” motto first appeared in 1920 as a nod to the moderate year-round temperatures that make Grants Pass a great place to live, work and play.

So, if warm summers and mild winters appeal to you, take note that even in the peak of August you can rarely expect any temperatures north of 90 degrees F, while lows hover around 53 degrees. And in the dead of January, you’re looking at 48-degree highs and an average low of only 33 degrees. Especially when there’s so much to do outdoors, the appealing climate all year here in Southwest Oregon continues to be a big selling point.

Sources: Grantspassoregon.gov; Travelgrantspass.com; Southernoregon.org; Worldpopulationreview.com; Applegatewinetrail.com; Traveloregon.com; Nationalparks.org; En.wikipedia.org