The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area consists of roughly 50km of sand dunes up to 150m tall, and over the past couple of decades sandboarding has become one of the most popular activities in the area. Because of this, the city of Florence is sometimes referred to as the “sandboarding capitol of the world”, not to mention the only city on the planet with a sport facility dedicated to sand surfing – the Sand Master Park.

Oregon Dunes National Recration Area
The Oregon Dunes National Recreaton Area near Florence, Oregon. 2008, Cacophony, CC BY 3.0

Sandboarding in Florence

Sand Master Park – Florence, OR

There are vast areas of sand on the Pacific coast of Oregon and the city of Florence can be considered the capital of sandboarding in the United States. The popular Sand Master Park is the first sport facility officially dedicated to sandboarding, and an ideal place to dip one’s toes in the sand as a beginner. You can even take advantage of one of their “chairlift” dune buggies so that you don’t have to hike up some of their tallest dunes. Sand Master Park is located in Lane County on the central coast of Oregon, it was founded in 2000 by Lon Beale a.k.a. Dr. Dune.

Sand Master Park is open 7 days a week from June 1st – October 1st
6 days a week October 1st – June 1st, closed on Wednesday.

The Park is ideal for people who want to try sandboarding for the first time or enjoy a day of fun with friends and family, but there are plenty of other locations nearby for sandboarding enthusiasts – just keep in mind that you will have to buy your own sandboard as you cannot rent a board from the park and take it to another location.

Honeyman State Park – Florence, OR

The Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is a versatile coastal park is tucked in the dunes three miles south of the city of Florence and two miles from the ocean. Known simply as “Honeyman,” the park includes the second largest Oregon state park campground and two sparkling freshwater lakes. Bring your own sandboard.

South Jetty – Florence, OR

South Jetty area provides day use access to the beach and dunes, with separate areas for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use and non-motorized use. Walkers and hikers can enjoy miles of open beach and explore dune formations above the Siltcoos River.

Siltcoos Beach – Florence, OR

Siltcoos is located about seven miles south of Florence, within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This unique facility is an off-road enthusiast’s dream. Designated routes crisscross various dunes and forests within the recreation area. Visitors also enjoy relaxing on the beach and playing in the surf.


Sandboarding in Northern Oregon

Cape Kiwanda – Pacific City, OR

The stunning peninsula of Cape Kiwanda hosts a 240 feet high sand dune, located within the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area.

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site – Tillamook, OR

Nehalem Bay – Manzanita, OR


Sandboarding in Central Oregon

Umpqua Dunes / Winchester Bay – Reedsport, OR

The Umpqua Dunes Area is located near Winchester bay and popular with OHV riders, but there is a stretch of beach where off-roading is prohibited. You can explore the area’s largest and most expansive dunes at nearby John Dellenback Trail and Eel Creek Campground.

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