Sandboarding is the signature sport of Oregon and there are plenty of opportunities to surf on dunes in the Oregon Coast. The city of Florence may be the most famous sandboarding location in the US, but the state has a lot more to offer to sandboarders. You can find some great slopes to ride in the small village of Pacific City and the area surrounding it, in Northern Oregon.
Best sandboarding in Pacific City
The Giant Sand Dune at Cape Kiwanda
The stunning peninsula of Cape Kiwanda hosts a 240 feet high sand dune, located within the Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. It’s the closest sandboarding spot to Pacific City and the steepest you can find! The giant sand dune is very popular with runners and climbers who like a challenge, but there’s plenty of room for you to grab a sandboard or sled and sledge downhill.
You can rent your sand board from the Cape Kiwanda RV Resort Marketplace, open every day from 9 am to 8 pm.
Sandboarding spots near Pacific City
Oceanside Beach State Recreation Site – Tillamook, OR
Small coastal dunes in a beach at the center of the community of Oceanside. Can get very crowded with surfers and kiters during the summer.
Nehalem Bay – Manzanita, OR
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.