Oregon is famous for its beaches, forest, rivers, and waterfalls. Its outdoor adventures alone could fill your bucket list for years. But did you know that Oregon has more to offer than the typical hiking, biking, and kayaking adventures? The personality and depth of Oregonians lead to them creating some incredible experiences. Here you’ll find nine of the most unique adventures to be had in the popular outdoor haven.
1. Ax Throwing
You read that right. There are multiple ax and knife throwing operators in Oregon. You can buy time in a “cube,” your designated safe area to throw to your heart’s desire
2. Cliff Diving into a Crater
Visiting Crater Lake National Park is a sacred and unique experience. Crater Lake is hailed by the indigenous as a spiritual place that warrants a clarity-driven pilgrimage as a solution to life’s mysteries. Take that heaping dose of majesty with equal parts adrenaline via cliff diving, and you’ve found at a life-changing Crater Lake experience. After gawking at simply or meditating on the sapphire waters from above, take the one-mile trail down to the lake. To the right of the dock is an outcropping of rocks that lies just 35 feet above the lake. On a hot day, it’s just begging you to dive into its crystal clear waters—but be aware, this refreshing water stays at a frigid 38-45 degrees year-round.
3. Hunting for Thunder Eggs
Just 11 miles north of Madras, is a rock-hunting spot that offers a unique and wild west kind of experience. At Richardson’s Rock Ranch you’ll receive a tutorial on how to dig and discover a bucket of thunder eggs. They’ll also loan you the buckets and chisels in case you’re not the type to keep these items on hand in your car. When you get back to the shop they’ll cut them open for you so you can see the hidden beauty within. In addition to intact thunder eggs, you’ll find plenty of Jasper and crystals.