The Siltcoos sand camping area is located about seven miles south of Florence. This unique area is an off-road enthusiast's dream: Several designated off-road vehicle routes crisscross the dunes and forests, and there is also a large open riding area to the north of Siltcoos Beach Road. In addition to off-road vehicle riding, visitors can enjoy beachcombing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.
Siltcoos is located within the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
Off-road vehicle riding is the primary attraction in the Siltcoos area, with miles of designated trail and a large open riding zone. Elsewhere, Stagecoach Hiking Trailhead provides access to several non-motorized trails, including the accessible Lagoon Trail and the longer Waxmyrtle Trail. The Waxmyrtle Trail meanders through coastal shore pine forests and follows the Siltcoos River to the beach.
Visitors also enjoy playing in the surf and birding at the beach. A variety of shorebirds are often spotted on the shore. Seasonal whale-watching is also a popular activity.
There are 16 sand campsites in the Siltcoos area. The campsites are year-round and can only be accessed by 4X4 vehicles. Standard sites accommodate up to 20 people and five vehicles. The group site accommodates up to 40 people and 10 vehicles. This is a popular facility and reservations are required for all sites at all times of the year. Within each campsite, all vehicles and tents must be positioned within 150 feet of the campsite marker post.
This camping area is primitive and provides no water, restrooms, or campfire rings. Visitors must bring their own water, portable toilets, and fire pans.
Campsites are located directly on the sand. The dunefield is known for its wind-sculpted sand dunes towering hundreds of feet above sea level. Throughout the Siltcoos area, open sand dunes are interspersed with coastal forest. The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area features the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America.
Snowy plovers, a threatened species of small coastal bird, have a designated nesting habitat on Siltcoos Beach. Seasional closures apply.
Additional nearby hiking opportunities include Siltcoos Lake Trail, Taylor Dunes Trail, and Tahkenitch Creek Trail. For a change of scenery, off-road vehicle enthusiasts can check out the riding areas at South Jetty. For boating and fishing, visit Siltcoos Lake, Carter Lake, or Sutton Lake.
Normally, a campsite will be released to first-come, first-serve status if it is not occupied within the first 24 hours of the arrival time on the reservation. This campground does not have any first-come, first-serve sites available at this time; with this in mind, the 24-hour arrival policy is temporarily suspended until further notice.