COVID-19 Travel Updates

COVID-19 Travel Updates

During this unparalleled event, it is our goal to keep our residents and visitors informed and focus on the health and safety of all those who live or travel to Klamath County and the Klamath Basin.

In this uncertain time, we know one thing – we appreciate all of you; many of whom are our repeat visitors, family, community members, as well as any potential visitors currently looking to travel to the area.

The health and safety of our riders, our volunteers, and our communities is our number one priority for Ride the Rim.  At this point, Ride the Rim will continue as planned. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make adjustments as needed at the appropriate times.  In the meantime, we hope you are all safe and healthy during this challenging time. We look forwarding to seeing you in September at Crater Lake National Park.

Should there be a cancellation of Ride the Rim, we will notify you through this website and our newsletter.  If you have not already, sign up on our home page near the bottom to keep up to date.

While we understand that this has an impact on travel and travel plans, we want to keep you updated with the steps our community is taking to keep your health and safety a priority and remind everyone to travel responsibly. For the most up to date COVID-19 information in Klamath, please refer to Klamath County Public Health Department.

In efforts to lessen growing health concerns, Klamath County has closed all restaurant dining facilities and bars to dine-in customers, indoor recreational areas, salons, gymnasiums, all theaters, museums, and city parks. Additionally, the entire Oregon State Park system will be closed as is Crater Lake National Park.

Many local restaurants are still providing delivery options and curbside pickup, so be sure to continue to order your favorite dishes – you can find an updated list here

We have closed the Discover Klamath Visitor Center out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our visitors, community and our employees. Schools, colleges, and universities in the area are closed through April 28, 2020, and the Governor has issued a state of emergency to expedite spending and free up resources available to them.

We encourage you to enjoy our abundance of natural resources close to home and support our local businesses all while observing social distancing.  Need ideas on how to get outdoors and keep from boredom? Discover Klamath has you covered with a list of many outdoor recreation opportunities. The CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet away from others in order to practice safe social distancing, so as long as you can distance yourself it is perfectly acceptable to get outside!

  1. Grab your furry friend, pack a picnic lunch and hit a trailto enjoy the calm disconnectedness that only our outdoors can offer you.
  2. Rent a boat and cast a line to catch a fish. Be sure to consult the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before making your trip.
  3. Bring your own bike, or rent one, and check out a trail whether you prefer the mountains or smooth pavement.
  4. Keep in touch with us by using our hashtag, #meetmeinklamath for your social media posts and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
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GET OUTSIDE

Our wide-open spaces, spacious trails for hiking and biking, and our great outdoors are always open. Uncrowded and unspoiled, open-air hikes and other outings in nature provide the therapeutic benefits of being outside while practicing social distancing.  Here are a few of our favorite locations: Spence Mountain Trails, Moore Mountain Trails, The Link River Trail, and Geo Trail.  Check out more options below:

STAY SAFE & HEALTHY

To protect yourself and others, please take the following precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid sharing food and drinks
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

During this time, our hearts and thoughts are with those who have been affected by this. We send our deep appreciation to those in our community, the healthcare industry and first responders who are working on the front lines to alleviate the spread and impact of this virus. Our community and its people are resilient; we will persevere through this and are optimistic about the future.

We thank you for considering Klamath County and the Klamath Basin.  We look forward to welcoming you in the near future.