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Visiting Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon’s diversity of destinations can be overshadowed by popular Crater Lake National Park, Oregon’s only National Park. Crater Lake is a must for visitors to Klamath County, however, take advantage on your travels, to explore all of southern Oregon. Lake County is home to Christmas Valley Sand Dunes, Abert Rim and Derrick Cave – wonderful destinations to explore. Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival runs through October, offering theater fans the best of classic and contemporary theater. From the Lake County Fair & Roundup, to the Medford Jazz festival, it's the season to enjoy southern Oregon.

Lake County is the only site where the Sunstone, Oregon’s state gemstone, is found. Lake County hosts the 93rd Annual Lake County Fair & Round Up over Labor Day weekend. The 2012 events kick off with the carnival; 4H exhibits and roping contests, followed on Saturday with headliner Jarrod Niemann at the outdoor concert. The fair runs August 31st through September 3rd, festivities wrap up with the Rodeo, parade and Powder Puff Derby.

This is the season to explore the geography surrounding the city of Lakeside. Among the must see sites are Abert Rim, where you can look down a quarter mile vertical face rising above Lake Abert. Extending 30-miles, Abert Rim is one of North America’s longest exposed fault escarpments.

For an adventure, the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes offer a Sahara-like expanse of landscape. The dunes are located between Fossil Lake and Lost Forest, covering a nine by five mile area. The Christmas Valley Sand Dunes are an excellent alternative to the popular coastal dunes – ATV enthusiasts can escape the coastal crowds with a visit to Lake County.

Near Christmas Valley, geology enthusiasts don’t miss visits to Crack in the Ground and Derrick Cave. Crack in the Ground is a lava fissure running 2-miles long and reaching depths from 10 to 70 feet. Derrick Cave is a ¼ mile lava tube featuring widths of 50 feet and heights up to 30 feet. Located 100-miles north of Lakeview, Crack in the Ground and the other southern Oregon sites are well worth the travel.

Klamath Basin’s Potato Festival celebrates its 75th anniversary in October 2012. The agricultural community of Merrill, south of Klamath Falls, celebrates its potato crop October 19th and 20th, at the Klamath Basin Potato Festival. A fun family event, festivities include a parade, live entertainment and a free BBQ. Enjoy southern Oregon’s hospitality in Klamath County.

Medford fills with the sounds of jazz music in the fall, with the Medford Jazz Festival. The 2012 Festival is October 12th through the 14th, featuring the Lena Prima Band, High Sierra Jazz Band and the Oregon Coast Lab Band, among the performers. Medford venues include Kids Unlimited and the Medford Elks Club, with dancing for all ages and abilities at all performances.

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