Riding the Dunes on the Oregon Coast

On our recent trip down the western U.S., we got to do something Evan has wanted to do for a long time.  We rented a 2-person dune buggy and went roaring around the sand dunes in Southern Oregon.  It was a blast, zooming through all that sand!

Oregon Coast - The Dunes

We started our day in South Beach, Oregon and drove south to North Bend, OR, as the sand dunes are only on the southern coast.  The anticipation was building for what we were about to experience as we got closer and closer.

We arrived at North Bend and were lucky to be able to rent a 2-person dune buggy without a reservation.  After the standard safety instructions and an explanation about the area we could travel through, we were outside to pick up our buggy.  At this point, it was pretty much impossible to wipe the smile off of Evan’s face, and Tracy was getting a little apprehensive!

Oregon Coast - Evan in Helmet at Dune Buggies

That smile was glued on all day!

The buggies were easy to drive, so it didn’t take long to get used to it and out on the dunes.

Oregon Coast - Evan and Tracy in Dune Buggy

Away we go!

Once we were out on the open dunes, we got an hour to try what these machines could do.  It was pretty crazy to be told that the proper way to climb up dunes was straight up!  Those machines could fly around and it was extremely fun to see what we could get it to do, although we had to be very careful not to drop off one of the steep edges on the other side of the dune!

Oregon Coast - Dune Buggies 1

First sight of the Dunes!

Oregon Coast - Dune Buggies 2

Oregon Coast - Tracy driving Dune Buggy

Oregon Coast - Evan Driving Dune BuggyWe have to warn you this is not for those who like to live on the safe side of life.  It is quite the heart-pounding, adrenaline infused ride around those dunes.  Also, you definitely have to be okay with a little sand blowing your way… okay A LOT of sand.  You are on the coast after all and the coast has a fair amount of wind.  This wind and a fair amount of sand result in some being blown around.  The fun you have is well worth this small inconvenience.

Oregon Coast - Dune Buggies 3

We recommend making sure you have enough time to go right to the waterfront.  We only had an hour and did not know that was not enough time to go to the water beforehand.  It is the one regret we have about the tour.

What is the best adrenaline pumping experience you have had?


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3 Responses to Riding the Dunes on the Oregon Coast

  1. I didn’t have time to do this when I was in Oregon over the summer. Looks like a lot of fun!
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    Stephanie - The Travel Chica December 15, 2013 at 6:17 pm Reply
    • It was a blast! Hope you have a chance to go back and try the dune buggies 🙂

      evan&tracy December 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm Reply
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