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Sunrise in Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon. (Photograph by Natalie Mikaels, New Hope, PA)
Thor's Well, Cape Perpetua, Oregon. (Photograph by Josh Myers, Victor, ID)
Silver Falls State Park, Oregon. (Photograph by Mitch Carlson, Portland, OR)
Oregon seascape. (Photograph by Lynne Kelman, Surrey, BC, Canada)
Multnomah Falls, located in Columbia River Gorge, in early fall. At 620 feet, the falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. (Photograph by Howard Snyder, Seattle, WA)
Ramona Falls on the the Timberline Trail circumnavigating Mount Hood. (Photograph by Brian Broom-Peltz, Santa Fe, NM)
Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon. (Photograph by Lois Parshley, Portland, OR)
Sparks Lake, Oregon. (Photograph by Thomas Reiman, Woodburn, OR)
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon. Some of the area is over 40 million years old. (Photograph by Laetitia Béraud, Eugene, OR)
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. (Photograph by Socheat Tauch, Troutdale, OR)
Toketee Falls, Umpqua National Forest, Oregon. (Photograph by Timothy Burke, Portland, OR)
Highway 126 from Florence, Oregon to Eugene, Oregon. (Photograph by Brian Hunter, Salem, OR)
Mount Hood, taken from Lost Lake, Oregon. (Photograph by Dane Vandewiele, Eagle Creek, OR)
Low Tide at Gold Beach, Pistol River State Park, Oregon. (Photograph by Debra Vanderlaan, Lake Worth, FL)
A full moon rises over a snow-clad Mt. Hood. (Photograph by Troi Anderson, Portland, OR)
Rock formations on the beach in Bandon, Oregon. (Photograph by Tracy Fawns, North Bend, OR)
The Milky Way over Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. (Photograph by John Eklund, Portland, OR)

Photos: Oregon's Rugged Landscapes

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The variety of natural beauty in Oregon can make it the perfect place to plan a camping or road trip. Oregon is home to hundreds of waterfalls19 volcanoescolorful fossil beds and a 382-mile Coast Trail that guides visitors past ancient sea stacks, deserted beaches and rocky tide pools. 224 state parks, recreation areas and scenic viewpoints offer visitors opportunities for exploration and solitude. Take a five-mile hike in Silver Falls State Park past ten waterfalls, drive around the rim of sapphire blue Crater Lake, located in the caldera of a collapsed volcano, or visit Thor's Well, a naturally occurring fountain powered by the ocean tides. In the meantime, take a look through these remarkable shots submitted by readers to our annual photo contest.

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