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Fall Travel: 5 Reasons Why Now’s the Time to Visit Yurok Country

Ah, autumn. Leaves are changing, days are foggier, and chilly nights cozying around a fire are well spent. Maybe you’re preparing yourself for another school semester or shifting back into your work routine. But who says you can't travel right now? Between less crowds, and cheaper hotel prices, here are 5 reasons why you should visit Yurok Country in the fall.

A yellow tree amongst redwoods in Yurok Country in Autumn.
A yellow amongst redwoods in Yurok Country.

1. Venture Out with Lower Expenses

Yurok Country’s off-season is on-season for the low-budget traveler. The Redwood Hotel and Casino offers reduced rates no matter what time of week you’re visiting, and their outdoor patio is the perfect place to order a seasonal cocktail next to the blaze of a warm firepit. If you only have the weekend to get away, we’ve got you covered with a long weekend itinerary in Yurok Country.

An empty road during autumn in Yurok Country.

2. Breathtaking Landscape

Autumn in Yurok Country unveils a mesmerizing display of nature’s artistry, as the foliage transforms into a vibrant tapestry of reds, oranges, and yellows. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast or simply someone who cherishes the splendor of the natural world, the autumnal landscapes of Klamath are bound to leave you in awe. Embark on a wide variety of hikes for different skill levels through lush forests or take a scenic drive down quiet roads framed by trees in their fall finery.

3. Empty Trails and Open Beaches

With fewer tourists in the off-season, you can enjoy iconic locations in Yurok Country without the usual crowds. The well-marked trails in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park have impressive ancient redwoods and diverse wildlife, and the peaceful environment of Hidden Beach and Lagoon Creek Beach are ideal spots for a quiet retreat with great ocean views. Last but not least, check out the Klamath River Overlook for a chance to spot gray whales and panoramic views of the river meeting the sea.

An empty hiking trail in the Redwood National Forest in Yurok Country.

4. Witness Wildlife

Fall is a splendid time to observe the diverse wildlife of Yurok Country. Watch the skies for the migratory birds, and explore the riverbanks to catch a glimpse of the salmon making their way upstream. From July to December, adult fall-run Chinook Salmon journey back upstream, with their spawning season occurring from the start of October until the end of December. You’ll recognize a spawning Chinook jumping mid-stream by its large size (they grow up to 50 pounds!) and a reddish tint on its belly and fins.

5. Contribute to Sustainable Tourism

Choosing to visit Yurok Country in the off-season is a step towards responsible travel. It helps in mitigating over-tourism and its impacts, allowing the land and the community to flourish. By traveling in the off-season, you contribute to the sustainability of Yurok Country, ensuring that its beauty and heritage are preserved for generations to come.

A small yellow-orange mushroom coming out of a log in Yurok Country during autumn.

Why wait for your next vacation? With fewer crowds and more affordable options, now is the perfect time to discover why locals love fall in Yurok Country.


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