Rocks of Oregon
Oregon's rippled landscape of forested mountain ranges (a whopping 50 to be exact) is like a large, bumpy blanket covering the Earth. From the Coast Range to the Cascade Range to the Blue Mountains to the Siskiyou Mountains, these geologic marvels are the reason Oregonians are so unabashedly outdoorsy. Who can blame us when there are volcanos like Mt. Hood to traverse, crags like those at Smith Rock to climb, prehistoric fossil beds like the Painted Hills to explore and a literal Crack in the Ground to hike through? We've got rugged rocks that are home to abundant wildlife, like the sea stacks along the Coast and special rocks to walk through, like Fort Rock -- a National Heritage Site that is home to the world's oldest sandals. All year-round, adventurers are drawn to Oregon's spectacular rocks.
Water of Oregon
Oregon is a true water-lovers' paradise. When it comes to rivers (more than 70 of which are designated as Wild and Scenic), these waterways offer more than just soul-soothing views and sought-after campsites. Flowing through cities, canyons and forests, Oregon's rivers provide key habitats for salmon, steelhead, trout, bald eagles, osprey, beavers and many other fish and wildlife. Yes, we have lakes too -- more than 1,400 named lakes including our deepest and bluest, Crater Lake, which is also our favorite (and only) national park. And that big body of water bordering our 363-mile coastline? Thanks to Oregon's Beach Bill, we all get to access the mighty Pacific and its shores.
Soil of Oregon
How did Oregon become a hot spot for hungry farm-to-table diners and a world-class destination for wine lovers everywhere? It all starts with our soil, much of which made its way to Oregon on a marvelous journey millions of years ago during the historic Missoula Floods, as volcanic eruptions sent enormous flows of basalt blanketing the valley. Today Jory is just one of more than 2,000 types of soils identified within Oregon — the literal foundation of one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant agricultural resources. The next time you’re shopping at the farmers market for fruit, veggies, flowers, wine (from 21 different wine-growing areas) or mushrooms (although you can’t eat the world’s largest fungus), you can thank the dirt you’re standing on.