COVID-19 Travel Updates

COVID-19 Travel Updates

The National Park Service works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state, tribal, and local public health authorities and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure the safety of park visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners. Because Crater Lake National Park is subject to federal parameters, Ride the Rim 2021 will follow all guidelines set in place during the time of the event in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Depending on what guidance is issued, there is a possibility there will be conditions where Ride the Rim may be forced to cancel again. If the event is canceled for any reason, we will send communications via our newsletter and social media and place a notification on this website.

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.

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.

Oregon will begin following a new framework of measures based on county-by-county risk levels. There are four levels of risk in this framework — Extreme, High, Moderate and Lower Risk — based on cases per 100,000 residents. There is no Zero Risk category. Here is a map of Oregon’s Risk Levels by county.

Klamath County is part of a state-wide pause announced by Governor Brown.  This pause is in an effort to reduce the risk in our community and to help conserve hospital capacity allowing all Oregonians and visitors alike to continue to have access to quality care.

We encourage you to enjoy our abundance of natural resources 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 trail to 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.


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:


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.