Last Updated on August 25, 2023

Oregon is arguably the best state where you can practiced sandboarding in the US. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area consists of roughly 50km of sand dunes up to 150m tall, and over the past couple of decades sand surfing 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 sliding sports: the Sand Master Park.

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Sandboard on a dune near Florence Oregon
Sandboard on a dune near Florence. Photo courtesy of Heather Harvey.

Sandboarding in Florence

There are plenty of locations where you can sandboard on the Pacific coast all over Oregon, but the best place for sand dune boarding is the area surrounding Florence, which is also known as the sandboarding capitol of the world.

Sand Master Park

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.

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.

Opening times

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.

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

Honeyman State Park

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 and enjoy the dunes.

South Jetty

Another sandboarding location in Oregon is the South Jetty area which 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

Siltcoos Beach 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, and you can sandboard there. Designated routes crisscross various dunes and forests within the recreation area. Visitors also enjoy relaxing on the beach and playing in the surf.

Cape Kiwanda Sand Dunes in Northern Oregon
Sand dune in Cape Kiwanda, Northern Oregon. Photo courtesy of Josh Baumgartner.

Sandboarding in Northern Oregon

Cape Kiwanda – Pacific City

The stunning peninsula of Cape Kiwanda hosts a 240 feet high sand dune, located within the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. Cape Kiwanda is the closest sandboarding spot to Pacific City. You can rent your sandboard from the Cape Kiwanda RV Resort Marketplace, open every day from 9 am to 8 pm.

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site – Tillamook

There are small coastal dunes suitable for sand sledding at the center of the community of Oceanside, in the Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site. It can get very crowded with surfers and kiters during the summer as it is a very popular recreational spot.

Nehalem Bay – Manzanita

The coastal area surrounding Manzanita offers many beaches with small dunes for sledding. The area stretching into Nehalem Bay State Park has taller dunes (up to 30ft) although partly covered in grass. Only sandboard away from vegetation.

Umpqua Dunes Sandboarding - Central Oregon
Umpqua Dunes near Winchester Bay, Central Oregon. Photo courtesy of Michael Renfrow.

Sandboarding in Central Oregon

Umpqua Dunes / Winchester Bay – Reedsport

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 the nearby John Dellenback Trail and Eel Creek Campground. The Umpqua Dunes Area is great for both hiking and dune boarding.

North Bend Sand Dunes – North Bend

There are some sandboarding dunes north of North Bend, just off the Transpacific Highway. They are in a rather remote position and as such not very popular – which means you’ll likely have them all for yourself.

The Dune Bugs ATV Rentals in North Bend offers sandboards and sand sleds for rent for $8 per hour or $20 a day. The sand dunes are located right at the spot.

Sandboarding in Oregon Dunes
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Photo courtesy of Matt Kieffer.

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