This is the best way to ride if you wanted more freedom in going to the park. It is advisable, however, to have a companion because you might get lost in the dunes. Remember, it's about 68 miles of dunes!
The Dune buggy is usually driven by a professional driver who knows the ins and outs of the dunes. There are pits, oasis, and the sands change depending on the weather and the driver knows exactly where the paths are for a safer ride.
The dune buggy can accommodate families to tour around the dunes. There are usually two seats on each side with no seat belts on them.
The advantage of riding the dune buggy is that you can actually take a lot of great pictures because there are nothing to block the view. This is also great ride for children under the age of 12.
You pass Fern Lake, the town of Elmira, a mill town, the Gingerbread House Restuarant, and then you follow the Siuslaw River downstream from Mapleton to Florence.
This is Highway 126 that connects Eugene with Florence. It's a route that is 60 miles long and should not take you more than 70 or 75 minutes if you don't take breaks. Storms might slow you down in the winter, road construction might slow you down in the Summer.
Florence does not have commercial air service yet. Your best bet would be to fly into Eugene and then rent the car that will take you into Florence.
The sandrail is definitely great for spouses, partners, or pairs. It is usually driven by a professional driver for safety reasons.
I had seen some people riding on their bikes. They were driving up and down the oasis and around the oasis.
US Highway 101.
The picture shows us crossing the mouth of the Columbia River over the Astoria Bridge from Washington into Oregon.
Lots of ATV's cruising the dunes. We were on foot!