About Grants Pass

Grants Pass is a beautiful river town with much to explore! From our captivating scenery to vast opportunities for adventure, we are nature's playground. From our exceptional dining to remarkable shops, we offer luxury. From our quaint town to friendly people, we radiate charm.

We have a colorful past forged by the Native Americans, trappers, loggers, gold panners, celebrities and writers who were attracted to the area for its resources and scenery. The Rogue River runs right through the heart of town as one of Congress’ original eight National Wild & Scenic Rivers. This majestic river inspires and excites its guests, offering refreshment and spirit to the surrounding trees and people alike. That is why we Live Rogue!

Location
Grants Pass is conveniently located right off Interstate 5, just one hour north of the California border. It is a hub to many nearby attractions, including two National Forests and one of the largest wilderness areas in the West, the Kalmiopsis, where rare and unique botanical wonders abound. Just down the road is the Oregon Caves National Monument and it’s just a short drive to Crater Lake National Park, the Pacific Ocean and Redwood National Park.

Adventure
Grants Pass is a natural amusement park for those who love the outdoors. See why such legends as Clark Gable and Zane Grey made Grants Pass their vacation destination. The Rogue region is home to many expert guides who will outfit your party for safe and spectacular trips down the Rogue, Klamath, North Umpqua and more. Whether you have a captivating interest in fishing, rafting, touring the Rogue River on a jet boat, hiking or cycling the trails or playing sports at our parks, Grants Pass is the ideal place for you. Your Pacific Northwest adventure starts here in our classic Oregon river town. It's a year 'round playground for outdoor enthusiasts of every age. 
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Men Fishing
Leisure
Grants Pass is ready to help you unwind and enjoy yourself. Stroll through our downtown and check out our specialty shops, see the historic buildings, browse the antique stores and admire the art galleries. Choose from our variety of fine dining options to stop in for a meal, glass of wine or cup of coffee. Relax at one of our many wineries offering award-winning wines. Check out a brewery or two and sample some locally made brews. Have a picnic by the river in one of our spacious parks. Once you find your place of leisure, set your watch aside and relax.
Community
The people in Grants Pass invest in and care about their community. Thus, we are always looking for ways to improve and add character to our already distinguished town. We have a revitalized downtown with a booming historic district. We host the state’s longest-running outdoor growers & crafters markets. You'll find an award winning pedestrian bridge crossing the Rogue River that links an expansive community-built sports park with the Josephine County Fairgrounds. By adopting a “can-do” attitude, shaping vision, leveraging resources, raising strong leaders and encouraging entrepreneurial approaches, Grants Pass is always moving forward.
GPHS Stands
Reinhart bench
Growers at the Market
Grants Pass Demographics & Area Statistics
Grants Pass is the seat of Josephine County and hosts around 34,855 residents as of July 2013.  Josephine County hosts around 83,105 as of July 1, 2014. Josephine County was established in January 22, 1856 and covers 1,641 square miles. Grants Pass was incorporated in 1887 and sits at an elevation of 948 feet. 

Learn more about Economic Statistics, Oregon Blue Book, Population Data and Josephine County Facts.
Fun Facts about Oregon
  • The Oregon Motto is "She Flies With Her Own Wings" 
  • Oregon's state flag pictures a beaver on its reverse side. It is the only state flag to carry two separate designs. 
  • The Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium) is the Oregon flower. 
  • Oregon's state birthday is on February 14, Valentine's Day. 
  • The Square Dance is the Oregon state dance 
  • The Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) is the Oregon fish. 
  • The Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius) is the Oregon insect. 
  • The Beaver (Castor canadensis) is the Oregon animal. 
  • The Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) is the Oregon bird. 
  • The hazelnut (corylus avellana) is the Oregon nut. 
  • The Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is the Oregon tree. 
  • Oregon has more ghost towns than any other state. 
  • Oregon and New Jersey are the only states without self-serve gas stations. 
  • Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. It was formed more than 6,500 years ago. Its crystal-blue waters are world renowned. 
  • "Oregon, My Oregon" is the state song 
  • At 8,000 feet deep Hells Canyon is the deepest river gorge in North America. 
  • Discovered in 1874, the caves located in Oregon Caves National Monument are carved with solid marble. 
  • The Oregon Trail is the longest of the overland routes used in the westward expansion of the United States. 
  • There is no Sales Tax in Oregon.