Safe Outdoor Recreation in Oregon Amid COVID-19


Cooper Mountain Nature Park in Beaverton, Oregon

Tips for Safe Recreation in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley Amid COVID-19

During a time when many of our favorite events, activities and trips have been put on hold, escaping to the great outdoors has never been more appealing. Even as the days get shorter and chillier, we have some tips and things you need to know before heading out to enjoy nature safely amid the COIVD-19 pandemic.

Whether you’re out for a day of hiking and picnicking with the family or a solo run or nature walk, keep these things in mind to have the safest experience outdoors in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.

Check the status 

Not all parks and recreational sites are open and if they are, not all amenities are available. Bathrooms and other facilities may be closed or have reduced hours. Check online or on social media to see the status of the place you want to go.

Oregon State Parks have a status map and city parks have information on their websites. In Washington County (Tualatin Valley) L.L. “Stub” Stewart State Park is open with reduced services for camping and day-use and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with reduced services.

Stay local

Washington County Oregon is still in Phase 1 of Oregon’s reopening framework and non-essential travel is not encouraged. So pick a recreation area that’s close to home. This is especially important if you’re hoping to visit a popular area that may be busier than usual. If there are too many people for you to have 6 feet of space, be prepared to turn back and go elsewhere.

Bring a mask and hand sanitizer

Face coverings are required in Oregon if you’re inside a public building and if you’re outside in an area where you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside your household. So if you’re hitting a trail or park, remember to bring your mask and be ready to wear it when you pass other groups.

Bring hand sanitizer in case the bathrooms are closed. Read face covering guidelines >>> 

Bring everything you may need 

In addition to your mask, bring any food, water, cash, trash bags and, yes, toilet paper you might need for your adventure. Be prepared and have the necessities when you set out so you can avoid any unnecessary stops along the way. You’ll also be prepared for parks that have limited resources. Remember to take anything you bring in with you when you head home.

Take Care Out There

Pandemic or not, there are some things we always want visitors and locals to remember when spending time outside. Practice these values when enjoying our outdoors: Care, Prepare and Connect. This means planning ahead, knowing what you’re in for, bringing what you need and taking away your trash. These values help us keep Oregon’s outdoors beautiful and open for all to appreciate. Learn more about Oregon’s Take Care Out There values >>>

More resources

If you’re not ready to venture out just yet, we invite you to start dreaming of your future adventures. Take a look at our digital visitors guide or order a free copy and start planning your trip to Oregon’s Tualatin Valley. We’ll be here when the time is right.

We love this state we call home. That’s why we want to enjoy it, keep it beautiful and stay safe with these simple values: Prepare, Care, Connect.

The vastness of Tualatin Valley, especially when venturing beyond the urban cities, offers innumerable options for outdoor (and indoor) recreation.

Start planning your future trip to Oregon's Tualatin Valley. We're here whenever you're ready.

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