The 600-acre park plays host to visitors who drive through the more than four miles of winding grounds to catch up-close glimpses of its inhabitants—over 550 wild animals from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Bison, zebras, and giraffes roam the wide-open surroundings, living in harmony with tigers, lions, and bears. Founded by Frank Hart in 1972, the park has helped to protect endangered species while educating the public about them and their important roles in the fragile ecosystem. Visitors can make arrangements for private and personalized animal encounters as well as visit the safari village zoo, botanical gardens, and gift shop.
Though Will Volpert founded Indigo Creek Outfitters in 2011, his river-touring experience began much earlier. As a kid, his parents ran an outfitting business in Salmon, Idaho, where salmon guides would stay with them for the summer. During six-day rafting trips, he learned the ways of river culture and fell in love with fishing and navigating rapids. Today, he shares his expertise with families of all experience levels, leading whitewater trips on the Rogue River and building custom vacations in Oregon and Idaho. For a bit of local flavor, the staff also organizes walking tours of local restaurants and tastings at nanobreweries.
Klamath River Resort Inn boasts more than four verdant acres, playing host to relaxing riverside activities and a charming outdoorsman inn at the base of Cade Mountain. The China Point kayak trip lures intrepid adventurers with three to five hours of leisurely wending through remote canyons, departing from a launch point reached by shuttle. Individual inflatable kayaks become trusty aqua-steeds to self-guided individuals along the Class I river path, which requires no previous kayaking or fish communicating experience.
For more than 35 years, the Wisnovsky family of vintners has labored in the fruitful soils of the Applegate Valley to produce a palate-pleasing repertoire of more than a dozen wines. During the reserve tasting, discerning pairs savor the harmonious flavor notes of at least six wines, delving into the complex characters of vinos such as toasty tempranillos, full-flavored clarets, and delicate sauvignon blancs. Continuing in the tradition of local wine pioneer Peter Britt, Valley View’s winemakers cultivate the vineyard’s rich soil, which yields a diverse array of grapes, and watch as their casks’ ambrosial contents develop intricate flavors and learn important life lessons. Wine enthusiasts are welcome to bask in the pastoral bliss of the vineyard’s picnic area, surrounded by undulating hills, tree-covered valleys, and serenading bands of mariachi mountain goats, and today’s deal also includes 15% off the same-day purchase of wines and merchandise.
Over its 155-mile path from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the Rogue River alternates between slow-flowing Class I water to roiling, Class IV rapids that challenge even experienced paddlers. Rogue Rafting Co. is situated mere steps from the dynamic watercourse, making it easy for paddlers of all ages and abilities to go exploring by raft or kayak.
Professional river guides lead tours that range from three-hour forays to multi-day camping trips. Though they challenge guests to brave the Class IV Nugget Falls and Power House rapids, they consider passengers’ comfort paramount. To that end, they welcome nervous guests to jump ashore, walk around the more challenging rapids, and then rejoin the group on the other side. Additionally, guides can customize tours to suit groups’ interests, whether it be tackling the most difficult rapids or taking time to spot eagles, osprey, and nomadic watercolor painters who roost along the shore.