The famous Rogue River runs right through town offering exceptional opportunities for rafting, fishing, swimming, hiking and gold panning. Reinhart Park is a 50-acre complex featuring athletic facilities, trails, ponds, playgrounds and more. Bicycling is prevalent in Grants Pass and Josephine County with exciting trails like Cathedral Hills, Allen Creek and Winona Loop among others.
Downtown Grants Pass is a national historic district featuring walking tours. Rogue Theatre first opened in 1938 and still stands as a proud symbol of southern Oregon history. The venue hosts a diverse array of events. Grants Pass Museum of Art, Glass Forge and Schmidt House are unique attractions providing even more art and history. There’s also a healthy wine culture, exceptional dining/shopping and scenic drives to explore.
A hot-summer Mediterranean climate means summers are sunny, dry and hot, while winters are cool and rainy. 90 degree high temperatures are common in the summer as is 36 inches of rainfall each year. Annual snowfall is approximately 26 inches with measurable precipitation falling on 113 days out of the year.
Grants Pass has enacted programs including an urban renewal plan in order to maintain a diverse economy and business climate. The city has evolved from a timber community into an economy featuring retail trade, tourism and service industries. Dutch Bros. Coffee started with a single pushcart in downtown Grant Pass in 1992 and has grown into the country’s largest privately held drive-thru coffee chain with 271 stores in seven states.
Public education is offered at numerous institutions operated by Grants Pass School District and Three Rivers School District. Rogue Community College’s main campus is just south of Grants Pass, Ore., while additional campuses in Medford, Ore., and White City, Ore., also provide higher educational opportunities.
Asante Three Rivers Medical Center is a 125-bed modern facility combining leading-edge technology with holistic healing principles. Asante is the largest healthcare provider in nine counties offering comprehensive medical care to more than 580,000 people throughout southern Oregon and northern California.
A stagecoach stop in the 1860s, Grants Pass became a rail head when the Oregon-California (Southern Pacific) Railroad was completed. The city, which is named after General Ulysses S. Grant’s victory at Vicksburg, established a post office in 1865 and was officially incorporated in 1887.