About Ashland

AshlandAshland, located on the edge of the legendary Rogue River Valley, is one of the coolest towns you will ever visit! Ashland is home to the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Our historic downtown has been preserved and looks much like it did at the turn of the century. The Ashland Plaza has dozens of quaint shops, craft brew pubs, coffee shops and boutiques, and our restaurants are unsurpassed.

Ashland has achieved Gold status as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. Ashland is also becoming a major destination for mountain biking and hosts two major mountain bike races every year, the Spring Thaw and the Ashland Mountain Challenge, which is part of the hugely popular Oregon Enduro series. An extensive network of incredible single track can be accessed just minutes from UBI-Ashland's front door.

The Rogue Valley is home to numerous well-known bicycle frame builders, DeSalvo Custom Cycles, Land Shark, Wolfhound Cycles, Jeff Jones, Jeff Lyon, and Keith Anderson Cycles.

Downtown AshlandThe Southern Oregon area is a vacationer's paradise, offering miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, white water rafting, rock climbing, and skiing. Crater Lake and Redwood National Parks, Oregon Caves National Monument, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and the Klamath Wildlife Refuge are just a drive away. For additional information on happenings in southern Oregon, check out the Rogue Valley Messenger. Also, view a map with UBI's location on it.

Ashland Bicycle Rentals

The following Ashland businesses rent bicycles by the hour or day. They rent on a seasonal basis, from March through Oct. UBI bicycles are used for classroom instruction only and are therefore not available for student transportation.

We encourage you to bring your own bicycle. Southern Oregon has hundreds of miles of rural paved roads and miles of great single track trails. All are within minutes of UBI. Bikes may be shipped to UBI via United Parcel Service for a reasonable fee. Our shipping address is 401 Williamson Way, Ashland, OR 97520. We can also help you ship your bike back home again. Click here for more bike shipping information . You can also receive mail at the Institute as long as your name, c/o United Bicycle Institute, is on the address. Do not submit a post office forwarding order or your mail will be sent back by the postal service.

Daily Essentials

  • Groceries: Ashland has several major supermarkets scattered around town. The Ashland Food Co-Op is located a few blocks of the school. Between March and November, the Grower's and Crafter's Market sells fresh, locally grown produce every Tuesday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm in the parking lot of the National Guard Armory, about 1 mile from UBI.
  • Restaurants: Ashland is known for its eateries. Most of Ashland's 80 or so restaurants are within walking distance of UBI.
  • Laundry: There are several public laundromats in town.
  • Local Media: The Ashland Daily Tidings the Medford Mail Tribune cover news for Southern Oregon. Other good sources include Jefferson Public Radio and local television outlets KDRV, KTVL, and KOBI.

Local Bike Riding

Bicycle Shops
There are four full service bike shops in Ashland. All three shops offer discounts to visiting UBI students.

Local Rides
There are two local cycling clubs that hold regular rides that are open to the public, Siskiyou Velo and Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association (RVMBA). Local ride and event information is available from their respective web sites. Also, the Ashland Wooldands and Trails Association hosts periodic work parties to help maintain Ashland's cool network of trails.

Southern Oregon Tourist Attractions

Mt. Ashland Ski Area
  • Adventure Center, (800) 444-2819, featuring raft trips, ski and bike tours, ballooning, horseback riding, and bike rentals.
  • Ashland Mountain Adventures (541) 499-2298 provides MTB shuttles to the top of Mt. Ashland in the warm weather, and ski/snowboard shuttles to Mt. Ashland in the winter. They also run guided mountain bike rides in the Ashland watershed and Applegate Lake, and rent full-suspension mountain bikes.
  • Britt Festivals, offers a huge variety of music and dance concerts throughout the summer in nearby Jacksonville, Oregon.
  • Cascade Siskiyou National Monument is a short distance south of Ashland, and offers amazing views of the region as well as unique biological diversity.
  • Crater Lake National Park, only 2 hours away and well worth the drive. You can cycle around the 33 mile rim of the lake during summer months, a spectacular road ride you'll never forget. Crater Lake also hosts a car-free weekend the third weekend in September.
  • Mount Ashland Ski Area, (541) 482-2897, just 30 minutes from downtown Ashland, with 4 chair lifts, 23 ski runs and 1,150 feet vertical.
  • Mt. Shasta Ski Park (800) SKI-SHASTA, is about an hour by car south of Ashland, with downhill runs, a nordic center and terrain park on the southern slopes of one of North America's most spectacular volcanic mountains. They run lifts for mountain biking in the summer.
  • Noah's River Adventures, professional rafting and fishing guide service specializing in rafting and fishing trips.
  • Oregon Cabaret Theater, (541) 488-2902, professional dinner theater with exquisite cuisine featuring musicals, revues and comedy.
  • Mt. Ashland Ski Area Oregon Caves National Monument, about 2 hours from Ashland, is home to an active marble cave created by natural forces over hundreds of thousands of years. Above ground is a majestic old-growth coniferous forest.
  • Oregon Shakespeare Festival, (541) 482-4331, world famous Tony Award winning festival, for which Ashland is best known. Advance ticket reservations are a must during peak tourist season.
  • Rogue River National Forest, featuring hundreds of miles of mountain biking and hiking trails,horseback riding, cross country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, fishing and more!
  • Siskiyou Field Institute provides outdoor programs that connect you with the unique natural history of the Klamath-Siskiyou region.


For additional information about the City of Ashland, visit the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.



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