Eastern Oregon Visitor's Guide - 2022

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EASTERN OREGON 2022 VISITOR GUIDE

Oregon’s Rugged Country | John Day River Territory | Southeast | Northeast


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OREGON’S RUGGED COUNTRY Enjoy vineyards, a casino, and the Pendleton Round-Up in this region where Native American heritage meets cowboy and ranching culture.

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JOHN DAY RIVER TERRITORY Named after one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the country, find watersports, farm trails, and spectacular geography here.

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SOUTHEAST Get lost in southeast Oregon, the scenic and remote home to fault block mountains, a wildlife refuge and picturesque river canyons.

NORTHEAST Breathtaking wilderness, beautiful and secluded define this remarkable region, also the native home of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce tribe.

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PHOTOS TOP AND MIDDLE LEFT JONI KABANA, MIDDLE RIGHT LEON WERDINGER, BOTTOM BUDDY MAYS

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EASTERN OREGON Answer the call to adventure again and again in four unique regions—Oregon’s Rugged Country, John Day River Territory, Southeast, and Northeast—and prepare to be inspired, entertained, and left wanting to come back for more.

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EXPERIENCE

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Learn and experience the culture and ceremonies of the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla tribes.

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PHOTO GEORGE OSTERTAG / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

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Certified tour guides and outfitters know how to show off the best parts of Eastern Oregon. Come ready for adventure and let the guides do the rest.

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PHOTO LEON WERDINGER

TREK

Pass granite peaks, high alpine lakes, and wildflower-filled meadows on hiking trails that are sure to impress on the Eagle Cap Lakes Basin Loop in the Wallowa Mountains.

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Pack the bags, fill up on gas and take in the towering lava rock formations while cruising through the rugged back roads of Leslie Gulch.

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PHOTO DUNCAN GALVIN

TASTE

Eastern Oregon is home to AVAs that have seen substantial growth in recent years. Come sip the day away on award-winning wines, brews, and ciders.

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The Baker City Cycling Classic is just one of the cycling events held in Eastern Oregon, where roads and trails wait to be toured.

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DISCOVER

From the Painted Hills to Sheep Rock, visitors in Eastern Oregon should expect to discover the unexpected.

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OREGON’ S RUGGED COUNTRY In Oregon’s Rugged Country, a rich Native American heritage meets cowboy and ranching culture. Come celebrate agriculture, outdoor adventure and a rich history. Follow a food trail to see fertile farms that produce everything from wheat to watermelons. The Rocks District AVA grows some of the best grapes in the Northwest, and hops for craft brews and grains for spirits also spring from this soil. In Pendleton, wool and whisky have grown as nationally recognized brands. Did we mention a nationally acclaimed rodeo? Umatilla National Forest is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Miles of rolling hills call for cyclists and riverfront adventure along the Columbia River.

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PHOTO TOM DEMPSEY / PHOTOSEEK.COM

AGRICULTURE • NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE • WINE • WHISKY • RODEO • CASINO • OUTDOOR ADVENTURE


Off the Beaten Path

Discover the best of Oregon’s Rugged Country region with the three road trip itineraries in this section. See highlights of each road trip on this map, and turn the page to read more about what you’ll discover along the journey.

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BOARDMAN TO IRRIGON TO HERMISTON TO ECHO DISCOVER: The Irrigon Wildlife Area

TREK: McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge

EXPERIENCE: Pacific Salmon Visitor Information Center

PLAY: The Golf Course at Wildhorse Resort & Casino

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ROAD TRIP THREE:

PENDLETON TO MILTON-FREEWATER

HEPPNER TO UKIAH

TOUR: Pendleton Adventure Trails

CRUISE: Blue Mountain Scenic Byway

TASTE: Walla Walla Cheese Company

DISCOVER: Morrow County Courthouse

Near Irrigon, discover a wild area devoted to keeping native species alive. The Irrigon Wildlife Area is part of the 1,885 acre Columbia Basin Wildlife Areas and is perfect for spotting wildlife. In Umatilla, take a chance to learn about the forces that keep the lights on. The Visitor Center offers audio-visual programs and talks on salmon and hydropower.

Northwest of Pendleton, the Adventure Trails area offers twenty-one miles of easy to moderate trails for bikers to explore. Cheese made from local cows! The family ran business in Milton-Freewater makes memorable cheese with no added preservatives. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

Hunt, drive, hike and observe abundant wildlife and scenic beauty at this refuge south of Pendleton, which offers habitat for rare and endangered species and is a haven for breeding and migratory birds. Enjoy an award-winning 18-hole championship course with five lakes, sixty-six bunkers and over 7,000 yards of green—perfect for golfers of many skill levels.

Leading through ranching communities up into the forests and wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains, this designated scenic byway is a road trip extraordinaire. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture, design and craftsmanship, the courthouse survived the great Heppner flood of 1903. 17


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ROAD TRIP ONE IRRIGON

BOARDMAN TO IRRIGON TO HERMISTON TO ECHO

HERMISTON BOARDMAN

Explore a community built on the river that took Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Ocean and a town with more golf balls than people featuring scenery galore and farm fresh food.

ECHO

Home to a major port for recreation and commerce, Boardman sits on the mighty Columbia River. Start your day at the Port of Morrow for a self-guided tour of the busy industrial area. For a scenic stroll, find the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center to walk the Boardman Marina Walking Path. At the marina, take a dip in the protected swimming area, picnic in the park, play disc golf at the Sailboard Beach Disc Golf Course, or let the kids romp at the playground. In the summer, catch the annual Walleye Fishing Tournament or the come-one-come-all July 4th community celebration and parade.

Boardman Marina

EAT, DRINK, AND PLAY LOCAL

Boardman is surrounded by locally run farms and ranches that provide the community with fresh ingredients for an assortment of drinks and dishes. Visit Burnt Field Brewing and Pizza for a craft brew and a brick-oven-baked slice. The classic stop C&D Drive-In and Bakery stands out by the tall vintage sign out front that declares: “Eat!” For more than four decades, C&D has been serving baked goods, deli sandwiches, fresh baked pizza and lots of burger options including a fresh and tasty elk burger. Looking for fresh hashbrowns and all the breakfast fare to go with them? Hit the Sunrise at Boardman Café. For a longer stay in Boardman, grab lunch at Two Barrels Taps + Grill or book a cabin at the River Lodge + Cabins, with rooms right on the Columbia River waterfront.

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BIRDWATCHING ON THE LINKS

Golf is always better with a good view, and the views around here go for miles. The Marker 40 Golf Club in Boardman is a public course known for its friendly atmosphere and fun course. Between Boardman and Irrigon, take a tour of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge and McCormack Slough. Here, stop to see mule deer, burrowing owls, herons and many more birds on this vast preserve that includes almost every habitat type found in the Columbia Basin. Stretch your legs before continuing on your road trip adventure.

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PHOTO TOP ALEX JORDAN

The Sustainable Agriculture and Energy (SAGE) Center, a visitor’s center and Travel Oregon Welcome Center, opened in 2013 by the Port of Morrow and has wowed countless visitors while educating them since then. SAGE provides free educational tours to students and provides visitors the opportunity to experience this region’s agricultural, industrial and transportation heritage and future. Watch a potato turn into curly fries. Try your hand at milking a cow or driving a tractor. Browse the gift shop and finish your visit with a scoop of delicious Tillamook ice cream. The SAGE Center hosts an annual event, the Harvest Festival, the first Saturday in October with foods, crafts and activities.


FOR THE LOVE OF WATERMELON

While Hermiston and Irrigon produce a variety of farm fresh produce, they are known for growing one fruit in particular— the watermelon. Each town has a summer festival devoted to that very delicious piece of produce. Watch, or join, a watermelon eating contest if you’re in town. Hermiston is home to Purple Ridge Lavender, Oregon Trail Honey Farms and K&K Blueberries, among other agricultural delights. Veg Out brings many local flavors and farm products together in salads, wraps and soups at their small but friendly downtown restaurant. Neighbor Dudes Tap House is a friendly Hermiston joint brought to you by the same folks as Ordnance Brewing. This is where the locals meet up to enjoy plenty of local brews on tap.

THE LAND OF LEWIS & CLARK

Umatilla rests between Hermiston and Irrigon, right next to the McNary Wildlife Natural Area. Visit the Umatilla Museum to learn about the rich history of the region, including the construction of the dam in 1947. Visit McNary Beach to glimpse the dam and walk the Lewis & Clark Commemorative Trail, a sixmile gravel trail to Hat Rock State Park, great for hiking, walking, cycling and horseback riding. Hat Rock was the first distinctive landmark passed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on their journey down the Columbia. The park is a desert oasis surrounded by rolling sagebrush hills and outcroppings of basalt, with boat ramp access to the river, which is noted for walleye, sturgeon, and other fish. Waterskiing, jet skiing, swimming, and boating are popular here, as well as picnicking and nature trails. Up for a round of golf? The Big River Golf Course is an 18-hole course situated along the beautiful Columbia River.

FARM-TO-TABLE EATS

Locally-sourced eats are abundant in Hermiston. Be sure to check out a fourthgeneration farm offering fresh produce, Bellinger Farms and Gourmet Shoppe. They have a separate sensational restaurant, The Gathering Place at Bellingers, known for a creative seasonal menu. Another go-to spot is Nookie’s, a favorite eatery paired with Hermiston Brewing Company for no-frills vibes and custom craft beers. Laid-back pub Hale’s Restaurant and mother-anddaughter run Delish Bistro are two more refreshment options—grab a waffle cone full of house-made gelato at the latter before you head south to Echo. Delish Bistro

PHOTO BOTTOM GEORGE OSTERTAG / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO INSET ABIGAIL ALVARADO

McNary Wildlife Nature Area

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The Echo Bank Building & Historical Museum was constructed in 1920 in the Roman Classical style of the 20th century with an exterior glazed terra cotta and brick and an interior featuring marble flooring and iron-banking teller’s cages. Peek inside for exhibits on history and heritage, conveniently located downtown. It might be easy to forget or overlook that these communities were formed by pioneers braving unknown dangers. There are several places around here to see the ruts made by the wheels of the covered wagons that traveled the Oregon Trail. Near Echo, find ruts at Fort Henrietta Park where the trail crossed the Umatilla River. Echo Meadows reveals ruts by way of an interpretive sign and trail. At Stanfield Rest Area, read about the struggles encountered by pioneers on the long journey west. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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If sipping on wine made from grapes grown only minutes away while overlooking picturesque vistas of the Columbia and Umatilla Rivers sounds like a fine way to spend an afternoon, you are going to love Echo. Sip at Echo Ridge Cellars, a family-run business that produces 1,000 cases of cabernet franc and sauvignon, syrah and merlot each year, which can be enjoyed within the newly repurposed lap-wood grain elevator as their tasting room. Next visit Sno Road Winery at their tasting room in a beautifully restored historic building in downtown Echo, where they pour wine made from grapes grown on their historic Echo West Ranch outside of town. From the winery, access the Echo West Vineyard Trail, where mountain bikers traverse a steep sagebrush landscape on the hillside along agricultural fields and vineyards above the Umatilla River. If golf is more your style, take a swing at the challenging yet scenic nine-hole municipal Echo Hills Golf Course, where inexpensive rates and easy access add to the attractions of the rolling course. The River to Hills Farm Trail is the perfect way to taste the region. This 60-mile loop follows segments of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Oregon Trail, traveling through the communities of Boardman to Hermiston, to Echo and back through to Heppner to give you an up-closeand-personal view of agriculture, along with tastes of spirits, seasonal produce, wine, watermelon and smells of lavender. Irrigon, Umatilla, Hermiston and Echo sit along this farm tour.

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Upcoming Events of Umatilla County

AUGUST 20 Melon Fest

FACEBOOK.COM/HERMISTONDOWNTOWN HERMISTON

AUGUST 27

Harvest Festival

CITYOFPILOTROCK.ORG/CHAMBER PILOT ROCK

SEPTEMBER 14-17 Pendleton Round-Up

PENDLETONROUNDUP.COM PENDLETON

MARCH 19

JUNE 18

JULY 9

SEPTEMBER 14-17

ECHORED2RED.COM ECHO

WILDWESTBEERFEST.ORG PENDLETON

FACEBOOK.COM/HERMISTONDOWNTOWN HERMISTON

HAPPYCANYON.COM PENDLETON

Red to Red

MAY 6-8

Spring Release Weekend

WALLAWALLAWINE.COM/#EVENTS-HOME COUNTY WIDE

APRIL 29-30

Cattle Baron’s Weekend CATTLEBARONS.NET PENDLETON

MAY 14

Art Festival

FACEBOOK.COM/HERMISTONDOWNTOWN HERMISTON

Wild West Beer Fest

JUNE 23-25

Jackalope Jamboree

JACKALOPEJAMBOREE.COM PENDLETON

JUNE 23-26

Hodaka Days

HODAKADAYS.ORG ATHENA

JUNE 24-25

Camas Prairie Cowboy Convention

FACEBOOK.COM/UKIAHRODEO UKIAH

MAY 28

Heart of the Country Rodeo

FACEBOOK.COM/HELIXOREGONRODEO HELIX

JUNE 24-25

Umatilla Landing Days

UMATILLAORCHAMBER.ORG UMATILLA

JUNE 5-SEPT. 3, EVERY SATURDAY

JUNE 25

TRAVELPENDLETON.COM/ GET-WILD-IN-PENDLETON-OREGON/ PENDLETON

FACEBOOK.COM/HERMISTONDOWNTOWN HERMISTON

Get Wild in Pendleton

Cork & Barrel

Spud Fest

JULY 9

Pendleton Whisky Music Festival

PENDLETONWHISKYMUSICFEST.COM PENDLETON

JULY 15-16

Pendleton Bike Week / The Pendleton Run

PENDLETONBIKEWEEK.COM PENDLETON

JULY 30-31

Muddy Frog Water Music Festival

FACEBOOK.COM/MILTONFREEWATERCHAMBEROFCOMMERCE MILTON-FREEWATER

AUGUST 10-13

Umatilla County Fair

UMATILLACOUNTYFAIR.NET HERMISTON

AUGUST 10-13

Farm-City Pro Rodeo

JUNE 3-5

JULY 1-3

FARMCITYPRORODEO.COM HERMISTON

UMATILLACOUNTYPIONEERSASSOCIATION.COM WESTON

WILDHORSERESORT.COM PENDLETON

AUGUST 20

Pioneer Days

POW WOW

Wheatstock Music Festival

JULY 4

WHEATSTOCK.ORG HELIX

HERITAGESTATIONMUSEUM.ORG PENDLETON

CITYOFSTANFIELD.COM/STANFIELD-4TH-JULY-COMMITTEE STANFIELD

AUGUST 20

JUNE 18

JULY 9

HERITAGESTATIONMUSEUM.ORG PENDLETON

JUNE 3-5

Old Iron Days

Frazier Farmstead Museum Summer Festival

FRAZIERFARMSTEADMUSEUM.ORG/ EVENT/JUNE-SUMMER-FESTIVAL MILTON-FREEWATER

4th of July Celebration

Athena Caledonian Games

ATHENACALEDONIAN.ORG ATHENA

Pioneer Day at Heritage Station Museum

Happy Canyon Pageant & Night show

OCTOBER 3

Find the Wine & Beer ECHOCORNMAZE.COM ECHO

OCTOBER 1-31 Echo Corn Maze

ECHOCORNMAZE.COM ECHO

OCTOBER 15TH, 22, 29 Echo Corn Maze Haunts ECHOCORNMAZE.COM ECHO

OCTOBER 15 Oktoberfest

FACEBOOK.COM/ECHO.OKTOBERFEST ECHO

OCTOBER 29

Umatilla Co. Potato Show CITYOFWESTONOREGON.COM WESTON

NOVEMBER 4-6

Fall Release Weekend

WALLAWALLAWINE.COM/#EVENTS-HOME COUNTY WIDE

DECEMBER 2-4

Holiday Barrell Tasting

WALLAWALLAWINE.COM/#EVENTS-HOME COUNTY WIDE

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PENDLETON TO MILTON-FREEWATER A historic rodeo, a cultural center devoted to the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla cultures, a famous whisky and one of the newest viticultural areas in the United States. The legacies of Native Americans and pioneers alike are celebrated in one of the last bastions of America’s Wild West, Pendleton. Begin your Pendleton experience underground with a Pendleton Underground Tour, which takes guests into a network of rooms and passageways of Pendleton’s red-light district. Learn about local Chinese immigrants and their role in building Eastern Oregon, and hear true tales of brothels, bootlegging and gambling. Knowledgeable historians lead these tours, which have been featured on television and radio shows around the world.

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Pendleton Woolen Mills

Pendleton Round-Up

A CENTURY OF CULTURE

Over 100 years have helped to grow and shape what is now one of the largest and most respected rodeos in the nation. Each year, the Pendleton Round-Up kicks off with the Dress-Up Parade and ends with crowning rodeo champions. One of the specialty events is the Happy Canyon Night Show, a nightly theater production about Native Americans with roots in the region, and the formation of Pendleton. Year-round, visit the Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon Hall of Fame, a museum devoted to the rodeo and its legacy. 22

OREGON TRAIL BASECAMP

Visit a museum that lies in a centuryold train station, the Heritage Station Museum. Located downtown, it features a one-room schoolhouse, homestead cabin and barn, windmill and a train caboose. See exhibits on the Oregon Trail and the search for “Umatilla Gold”— wheat, that is. For another glimpse of the past, journey to the corner of First Street and Frazier to Emigrant Camp, where pioneers on the Oregon Trail made temporary base camp as they gathered supplies before carrying on to the Willamette Valley.

One of the most famous works of Pendleton’s industry is Pendleton Woolen Mills. Founded in 1863, the Pendleton mills have made their mark with beautiful colors and original patterns for nearly 160 years. Visit the Woolen Mill Store for the largest selection of jacquard blankets and an array of Pendleton wool fabrics, remnants and mill ends, as well as tours offered during weekdays. Visit the Pendleton Center for the Arts for more artistry. The museum sits in a beautifully restored 1916 Carnegie Library building overlooking the Umatilla River. Inside, browse the galleries, shop for finely crafted wearable and functional art, enroll in a free or low-cost class, or take in live music, literary arts or dance event. Regional works are for sale—take home a very special souvenir of a work of art made by an Eastern Oregon resident. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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AGRICULTURE GALORE

The Whisky and Rocks Farm Loop offers nearly endless tastes. Wine, fruit, cider, cheese, beer, berries, whisky and more are all to be discovered along this route, offering the best of the Milton-Freewater and Pendleton bounty. Take your time on the tour and drink in the tastes to be savored.

PENDLETON’S LOCAL EATS

Pendleton’s food scene takes advantage of the many local farms and ranches nearby. The Great Pacific Wine and Coffee Company has an extensive food menu, wine and beer selection, and full espresso bar, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located in an historic building next door to Hamley Western Store, the Hamley Steakhouse & Saloon is known for its Ranch Cookin’, Prime Grade steaks, and impressive Old West ambiance. Virgil’s at CIMMIYOTTI’S has been a Pendleton tradition since 1959. Famous for steaks, red velvet wallpaper, horseshoe curved booths, and classic drinks from the bar, this iconic restaurant delivers impeccable food and legendary service.

CRAFT TASTES OF ALL KINDS

Prodigal Son Brewing offers craft brews and a delicious, locallyinspired menu. Three hometown locals opened this brewhouse— the first in Pendleton—in 2007. The from-scratch kitchen crafts a menu chock full of local products, from meats to cheeses to baked goods. Down the street the Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery makes spirits from local grains, showcasing the agricultural history and pride of farming in the area. The farmerowned distillery mills grain on-site and connects visitors to the agricultural legacy of the area by way of high-quality spirits.

A TRADITION OF GAMING AND HOSPITALITY

Located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation 7 minutes east of Pendleton, is Eastern Oregon’s largest resort, Wildhorse Resort & Casino. With a Vegas-style casino, restaurants, bowling alley, cineplex, golf, RV park, over 300 hotel rooms, and more, visitors will find much to experience and enjoy. Roadtrippers can pull up their electric cars to one of the several chargers. RVers can take advantage of the services at the adjacent Arrowhead Travel Plaza. In addition to a championship course set amid the wheatfields and natural landscape, Wildhorse Resort Golf Course also offers a new Pro Shop, Clubhouse Grill, and events pavilion. Plateau, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers Northwest fare and regional wines with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains. Diners have four other options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A THRIVING CULTURE

Near the resort is Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, the museum and cultural center of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes. The award-winning institute presents the Tribes’ rich past, vibrant present, and ambitious future through multi-media displays, interactive exhibits, and insightful programming. Guests will find unique merchandise at the Museum Store and enjoy Nativeinspired cuisine for lunch at Kinship Café.

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Wildhorse Resort Golf Course

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wooden canoe. We did. The river provided our Tribes with food, a place to gather, a means for trade and transportation. The Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes were often busy on the river banks and meeting with other Tribes across the waterway. Looks different to you now, doesn’t it?

FIRST FRIDAYS ARE FREE! Exhibits, Museum Store Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm | Kinship Café Open 11am-2pm Pendleton, OR | www.tamastslikt.org | 541.429.7700


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ROAD TRIP TWO Cycling in Pendleton

McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge is a habitat for rare and endangered species and a haven for breeding and migratory birds. The haven rests just north of the Umatilla National Forest. There’s something for everyone: hunt, drive, hike and observe the abundant wildlife and scenic beauty at this important protective site. Just forty-five minutes down the road, rest your head at Indian Lake Campground.

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY

Less traffic, friendly businesses and miles upon miles of scenic, curvy highways and backroads to explore; Eastern Oregon is a motorcyclist’s dream. Every third weekend in July, The Pendleton Run hosts its annual Ride, Race, Rally with the support of local businesses and surrounding communities welcoming all motorcycle enthusiasts.

IN THE SADDLE

The roads here have plenty of room for our two-wheeled cyclist friends. The rolling and waving wheat fields of Umatilla County and the glorious peaks of the Blue Mountains provide 26

a peaceful and stunning backdrop to a ride. Enjoy an easy loop east of Pendleton or explore the rolling fields around Athena and Helix. Take in the breathless views and challenge of the Cabbage Hill Climb. The climb is celebrated annually at the Mini CROC, a oneday ride up Cabbage Hill. The out-and-back ride starting from and returning to the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce parking lot explores the rolling hills of the Umatilla Basin on this challenging day in late May.

TEE TIME AND TRAIL TIME

Pendleton Adventure Trails Recreation Area, just northwest of Pendleton, is where visitors can go for miles of unpaved exploration. A variety of easy-to-moderate trails for runners, hikers, and mountain bikers are here, with a south-facing exposure that offers plenty of yearround sunshine. Seven miles south of Pendleton on Highway 395 is the Golf Course at Birch Creek, owned and operated by the Umatilla Tribes. Enjoy 18-holes of golf, practice facilities, a full bar and restaurant, and a newly remodeled banquet room. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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UNTOUCHED NATURE


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Watermill Winery

Rotie Cellars

BLOSSOMING WINE COUNTRY

A small town in Oregon and Washington’s Walla Walla Valley, Milton-Freewater sits at the northern Oregon border. This fertile land is not only excellent for growing produce, but also fabulous terroir for wine grapes. One of the nation’s newest American Viticulture Areas, the Rocks District AVA was designated here in February 2015. Predicated on one soil series and one landform, the terroir consists of riverbed rocks that give the wines a characteristic flavor profile, particularly noticeable in syrah. 28

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Start your day of sipping at the historic Watermill Building to taste the fruits of Watermill Winery, founded in 2005 by commercial apple growers who had been farming in the Walla Walla Valley for more than a century and pledged to grow wine grapes using sustainable and wildlife-safe farming practices. There is also a taproom for Blue Mountain Cider and a game room, plus food. Visit try out Ducleaux Cellars, a family-run winery creating artisan wines from select Oregon and Washington fruits.

Rotie Cellars, Delmas Winery, Tero Estates and Cayuse Vineyards sit on the west end in the Rocks District of MiltonFreewater. Rotie Cellars pays homage to the wines of the Rhône Valley, and each year, a new vintage of the northern and southern red and white blends is released. Try a glass of Tero Estate’s love letter-worthy cabernet sauvignon, regularly scored above 90 points by Wine Enthusiast. Delmas Winery is a locally loved, family-run operation with forty years of experience. Cayuse Vineyards produces critically lauded biodynamic wines including syrah, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. On to Zerba Cellars on the north end of MiltonFreewater, a log cabin tasting room that could pass as a pioneer homestead. Inside, taste award-winning wines grown on three estate vineyards. Nearby, at Castillo de Feliciana Vineyard & Winery, Spanish-style wine is served at a lovely little tasting room with plenty of scenic outdoor seating. Los Rocosos Vineyards is another outstanding stop for wine and views in northeastern Oregon. It is a working vineyard providing lodging for people seeking to experience the winery and geography of the Walla Walla AVA. Find a new tasting room in downtown Milton Freewater as well. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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Chocolates creates chocolates inspired by locally grown herbs and spices, with flavors such as anise, lavender, rosemary, clove, and violet. Chocolate goes great with wine, and so does cheese. Grab some gouda, havarti or cheddar at The Walla Walla Cheese Company located in downtown Milton-Freewater. The Umapine Creamery in the small community of Umapine west of Milton-Freewater produces more delightful cheeses, crafted from the milk of their very own cows. Visit Frazier Farmstead Museum for a tour of agricultural traditions over the years. This charming, scenic home and farm built in 1892 serves as a museum dedicated to the history of Milton-Freewater. Not far away is the MiltonFreewater Drive-In Movie Theater. This classic drive-in theatre has been in operation for six decades and is open late spring through October.

THE BLUES ARE CALLING

No trip to Milton-Freewater is complete without exploring the legendary Blue Mountains. Find camping spots at Harris Park or Umatilla Forks Campground. Visit the Outpost, a farm stand located as you ascend out of the town of Weston up into the Blue Mountains. Stop in for fresh produce and homemade baked goods. The Alpine Outpost is located near the summit of the Blue Mountains in the little hamlet of Tollgate. A restaurant, bakery, coffee house and small store greet the traveler and adventurer. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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HEPPNER TO UKIAH Southern Rugged Country is home to interpretive history, amazing cycling, scenic vistas, plenty of camping and exciting annual festivals.

A FLOOD’S LEGACY

The Morrow County Museum is your start to the Heppner tour. Displaying photographs and artifacts dating back to the 19th century, exhibits range from those depicting agricultural history to a close look at the Native American presence in the county and from the history of rural medical care to the story of the devastating Heppner Flood. Visitors gain insight into the evolution of farm machinery at the nearby Agricultural Equipment Museum. Check out a snapshot of the town’s heritage at the mural on Riverside Street, depicting local life from days gone by. Follow Heppner’s “Talking Rocks”—bronze interpretive signs installed on basalt platforms—to learn more about this wonderful town and its rich history.

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Blue Mountain Mini Roadtrip To see more sights in Oregon’s Rugged Country, take off from Ione down the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway through Lexington and into Heppner. Marvel at the majestic Blue Mountains in the in distance, and don’t forget to take in re G e ne r a l S t o the many farms and ranches that line your path. Watch out for road markers indicating viewing areas, as well as parts of the old Oregon Trail. Hang out by the waters of Willow Creek before taking Highway 74 east, connecting with Highway 395 all the way to Pilot Rock. Stick around here for a while to enjoy hiking trails through wildflower meadows, as well as the exhilarating motocross and ATV track, the Pilot Rock Bike Pit.

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From 1-84 take exit 147. The Blue Mountain Scenic Byway makes its way through the banks of the Columbia River, weaves around small towns of Cecil, Ione and Lexington then on to Heppner and Ukiah. Leading through ranching communities up into the forests and wilderness areas of the Blue Mountains, this designated scenic byway defines this Rugged Country region.

The Morrow County Courthouse is still used today, making it one of the oldest active courthouses in Oregon. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture, design and craftsmanship, its features include a hip roof, a central entrance pavilion and a domed cupola with clock faces on three sides. The courthouse site is elevated above much of the rest of Heppner, which saved it from the great flood of 1903, just three months after the courthouse was completed.

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Originally built to serve as the town’s hardware store, the Gilliam and Bisbee Building in Heppner was raised in 1919, but fell into disarray. Restored in 2020, this lovely and historic structure can be rented out for overnight stays and events of all kinds. More lodging options in Heppner can be found at the charming Northwestern Motel and RV Park, offering both travel trailer sites and rooms. Don’t be surprised if you find the longtime owner Alvin Liu behind the counter himself when you visit for an overnight stay.

EXPLORE WILLOW CREEK

Willow Creek flows into the Columbia River and is fueled by runoff from the nearby Blue Mountains. Near Heppner, the creek fills the Willow Creek Reservoir and Water Park, a 125-acre lake home to trout, bass and catfish. This is a popular spot for anglers and others who wish to cool off on a hot summer’s day with a leisurely afternoon by the water. Alternatively, dip in the swimming pools at Willow Creek Water Park in Heppner. There’s nothing better on a hot, dry Eastern Oregon summer day than a refreshing respite by a lake, pool or river.

A WEE BIT IRISH

Always held the weekend closest to St. Patrick’s Day, visitors love stopping by Heppner for the Wee Bit O’Ireland Celebration. Celebrating the Irish community that is integral to some of Heppner’s earliest settlers, the event boasts events such as the Irish Coffee Hour, Great Green Parade, the welly toss and Cruz-In. As they say in Heppner, you may not be Irish when you come, but you’ll be Irish when you leave!

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Between Heppner and Ukiah, there exists miles of expansive land that is just waiting to be explored. Horseback riders can traverse through hundreds of miles of trails in the Umatilla National Forest during warmer months. Mount your trusty steed and head out on the Alder Creek Trail, the Willow Creek Trail or the Blue Mountain Trail for back-country horseback riding fun and adventure. Umatilla National Forest

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WILLOW CREEK RV PARK AND CAMPGROUND

Enjoy fishing, boating, camping and a lake view at Willow Creek Park and RV Campground. Located on the Willow Creek Reservoir off the Blue Mountain Byway, our scenic park is open March 10th through December 1st. The RV park has 23 spaces available with no minimum stay. All have 50-60 ft pullthroughs, 2 sites are back-ins, and there is tent camping available. Partial and full hook-ups are designed to be compatible with large, modern motor homes. Reserve online today at www.willowcreekpd.com 68965 WILLOW CREEK RD, HEPPNER, 97836 • (541) 371-1456 • WILLOWCREEKPD.COM

K & K BLUEBERRIES

K & K Blueberries is a family owned and operated U-Pick located just outside Hermiston on 20 beautifully landscaped acres. Our season for picking varies, but we are typically open from mid-June to mid-July. K & K is your fresh source of delicious blueberries to eat, freeze, jam making and baking.

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ECHO RIDGE CELLARS

Echo Ridge Cellars is located in a renovated grain elevator in Echo, Oregon. Sourcing grapes from our 60-acre vineyard, we make all our wine in a repurposed warehouse. Visit us for a tasting and mention this ad for 10% off your purchase. Event space available.

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PENDLETON UNDERGROUND TOURS

Come visit the Pendleton Underground tours where “Culture is kept, History is told, and Legends live on”. Take a 90min tour through Pendleton’s historic underground and red light district. Learn why Pendleton was the entertainment capital of the Pacific NW. Cost is $15 for ages 6-12yrs and $20 for 13yrs and older. No children under 6yrs old. Ask about our annual “Comes to Life” and our Saturday summer events, where you can drink underground in the Shamrock Cardroom and take an adult only evening tour. Reservations needed for tours call 541-276-0730 31 SW EMIGRANT AVE, PENDLETON, 97801 • (541) 276-0730 PENDLETONUNDERGROUNDTOURS.ORG

LOS ROCOSOS VINEYARD

Los Rocosos is a boutique vineyard and winery located in the Rocks District of Milton Freewater, Oregon, famed for it’s unique terrior of prehistoric basalt cobble. The wines offered reflect minerality and depth not found in any other winegrowing region in the Nation.

84038 EASTSIDE RD, MILTON FREEWATER & 500 EAST BROADWAY, MILTON FREEWATER • (541) 306-1290 • LOSROCOSOS.COM

BENNETT GARDENS

The gardens are a hidden gem, with colors, textures and trees for refreshing shade. KRISanthemums studio is located in the gardens where the seasonal uniqueness is harvested and delivered locally in designs. Schedule an event, a tour or order flowers or photography time in the gardens.

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EXPLORING ON TWO WHEELS

The Blue Mountain Century Scenic Bikeway explores rolling hills in the Umatilla National Forest, along with golden wheat fields and stunning summertime sunsets. Sponsored by the Heppner Chamber, the scenic loop of approximately 108 miles follows a section of the Oregon Trail, beginning and ending in Heppner with the half-way point at Ukiah. The route initially follows the Blue Mountain Scenic Byway east through the Blue Mountains to Highway 395. It then travels north from forest to rangelands to Nye Junction, and west to Heppner. Stunning views and tough climbs define this iconic event. Mo

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Find more than 9,000 acres to explore via all-terrain vehicle at the Morrow-Grant Counties OHV Park, just south of Heppner. During spring and summer, there are a variety of campgrounds to choose from; stop for a meal at the Landing Lodge inside the park, an American-style restaurant. Nearby, camping and hunting enthusiasts will also enjoy Anson Wright Park.

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Ukiah is a farming and ranching community that puts an emphasis on good eating. At the Ukiah Thicket Cafe & Bar, taco Tuesday and prime rib Saturday are serious business. Rhodes Supply is a general store with everything from groceries and cold drinks to ice cream. The Dale Store south of town is a fun little grocery and fuel stop, with ice cream too. After your scoop, head south to Desolation Creek for a wilderness hike and more sightseeing.

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UMATILLA COUNTY FAIR

Join us Aug. 10-13, 2022 @ EOTEC in Hermiston, home of the Umatilla County Fair and Farm City Pro Rodeo! Enjoy 4 nights of Rodeo, Main Stage entertainment, Family entertainment on our Les Schwab stage & ACRES of carnival fun, games, vendors, fair food, activities, contests, exhibits & more! Children 10 & under are get into the Fair for free! Support 4-H and FFA programs at our Youth Livestock Auction on Saturday! Register your 1st through 5th graders in our 3-day, Fun @ The Fair Day Camp for a unique, behind the scenes fair adventure!

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A Piece Of Pendleton is owned and operated by the non-profit Pendleton Underground Tours. We are located at at 369 S Main St in downtown Pendleton, Oregon We offer space for local artist and businesses to sell their locally made products. We currently have over 80 talented vendors.

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Watermill on Broadway combines the best of both worlds- Wine and Cider. We offer something for everyone; flights, glasses and bottles, draft beer, and a food menu including small plates, dips, salads, and flatbreads. Patio seating with outdoor games. WatermillWinery.com Milton-Freewater: 541-938-5575 235 E. Broadway Ave., Milton-Freewater, OR

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FOSSILS • KITESURFING • FISHING • RAFTING • CYCLING • PALEONTOLOGY • HIKING • RANCH RETREATS • FARM TRAILS Named after one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the country, the John Day River Territory is home to spectacular geography and friendly people. From state parks and scenic bikeways to some of the richest fossil beds in the world, visitors will be steeped in natural history. Gaze upon hills hued in nature’s most brilliant colors, 35 million years in the making.

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Off the Beaten Path

Discover the best of the John Day River Territory region with the three road trip itineraries in this section. See highlights of each road trip on this map, and turn the page to read more about what you’ll discover along the journey.

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EXPERIENCE: Painted Hills Cottages

Located in the small pioneer town of Mitchell, these unique European cottages provide a perfect exploration launch point.

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Silvies Valley Ranch Travel south on hwy 395 from John Day

TASTE: 1188 Brewing

Sample local brews and pub fare after soaking in high desert views.

DISCOVER: Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

BIGGS TO FOSSIL TO SPRAY

An antique apothecary and more, this museum interprets Chinese culture and Oregon’s gold rush.

EXPERIENCE: Wilson Ranches Retreat

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TREK: Clarno Unit

Get a stunning view of the Columbia River on this 9-hole course.

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Visit an authentic working cattle ranch providing lodging and activities in a peaceful environment rich in history. Hike among the eroded remnants of ancient volcanic mudslides.

CRUISE: John Day River Farm Trail

Stop at over a dozen places to see the diversity of food, flowers and drink produced in the John Day River Valley. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

ARLINGTON TO CONDON PLAY: China Creek Golf Course

EXPERIENCE: Summer Concert Series

Enjoy local art in Condon’s City Park during the Condon Artisan Festivals and Music Concerts.

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BIGGS TO FOSSIL TO SPRAY Tour through pioneer settlements and historic ranches into the heart of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument on this scenic tour. Biggs perches on the rocky shore of the Columbia River at the crossroads of Highways 84 and 97, serving as a hub for travelers in search of fuel and sustenance. From here, set forth south on the northern end of the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, which ultimately winds over 300 miles through some of Eastern Oregon’s most beautiful and ancient lands.

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Head east to the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument to The Palisades and take a short hike through the tall rock spires to seemingly transport back in time. This land was once a lush rainforest, occupied by tiny four-toed horses, huge rhino-like brontotheres, crocodilians and meat-eating creodonts. All that remains of these magnificent beasts are the fossils left behind in these rocks, along with those of the plants that grew here too. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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A 19th century farming and ranching community, Sherman County is home to miles of rolling wheat fields that paint picturesque vistas across 360 degrees of horizon for the local descendants of pioneers. Continue south on the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway to Moro and peruse local history at the Sherman County Historical Museum. More than 15,000 artifacts tell the story of centuries of history, from Native Americans to Oregon Trail pioneers and dry-land wheat farming to conservation. Travel south through the farming communities of Grass Valley and Kent, where historic buildings dot the landscape as the only interruption in miles of open plains.

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With a name like Fossil, visitors might not be surprised to find in this little town a rich history that is steeped in geology. Visit the Oregon Paleo Lands Center for maps and travel itineraries for the ancient forests and sea floors of the greater John Day Fossil Beds National Monument area. The City of Fossil Museum is a great spot to soak up more local history, including tales of the rich pine forests that once fueled a logging industry here. Don’t leave town without visiting the fossil beds behind Wheeler High School, where you can comb through artifacts of ancient flora and fauna—the only fossils in the region that you are free to pick up and take home. The kids will love this reallife treasure hunt.

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a night at Wilson Ranches Retreat B&B, an authentic working cattle ranch. Wake up to a hearty ranch-style breakfast and then saddle up for a ride into the high desert, take a hike, or mosey around the ranch. Also find a place to lay your head at Hyatt House Bed and Breakfast, Fossil Motel and RV Park, Wheeler County Fairgrounds, along with local Airbnb’s in the area. Before you leave town, fill the gas tank at Fossil Fill-Up and maybe hit a few balls at the tiny Kinzua Golf Club. Or grab a breakfast burrito or pizza at Brenda’s Blessings.

WILD RIVER COUNTRY

The John Day River, Oregon’s longest free-flowing river, is just south of Fossil, towards Spray. You’re in the heart of river country now, with fishing, rafting and lazy days on the water at the ready in this wide-open landscape under endless skies. Catch thrills with a white-water river trip or for tamer river times, try your hand and luck at bass fishing. Camp or picnic

in a shaded spot along the river at Spray Riverfront Park. Spray is a charming, small farming town that sits on a scenic bend in the John Day River. Visit the Spray Pioneer Museum, representing life in the 1800s with Indian artifacts, fossils and settlers’ histories. Stay at the River Bend Motel, with riverside views available. Catch the Spray Rodeo, the “best small-town rodeo around,” which occurs simultaneously with the annual Spray Half-Marathon. Spray is the jumping off point for the John Day River Farm Trail, offering over a dozen stops to see the diversity of food, flowers and drink produced around here. Just past Spray in Kimberly, visit Thomas Orchards, Apricot Apiaries and the John Day River Trading Post to sample some of the fruits and flavors of the John Day River Valley. Another satisfying driving tour is referred to by locals as “The LOOP,” which connects Fossil, Spray and Mitchell as an offshoot to the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway. 41


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Colorful geology, ancient relics, thrilling bike tours, fresh foods and locally crafted brews are to be discovered on this leg of your road trip tour. Mitchell sits on the east side of the Ochocos in steep and rolling hills, creating a welcoming outpost surrounded by natural beauty. Mitchell’s most famous feature is the Painted Hills, one of three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument and definitely worth a visit. The hills are comprised of ash and soil in a myriad of colors from rusted reds to copper to ochre to emerald to create this spectacular photographer’s dream. The Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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In Mitchell, stop by Bridge Creek Café, which offers burgers and big breakfasts. Grab wings and craft brews at Tiger Town Brewery, where stouts, porters and ales flow, along with live music and events during high season. Painted Hills Pastry makes remarkable French baked goods each day. 42

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Find a place to lay your head for the night at Painted Hills Vacation Cottages, where the charming cabins are only matched by the well-tended gardens outside. On your bike? The Painted Hills Scenic Bikeway runs through here, and cyclists find plenty of company in the area. Bike tourers and explorers find respite and community at Spoke’n Hostel, just a few miles east of the Painted Hills, where fifteen spacious beds, a full kitchen, community spaces, laundry facilities and creek-front tent camping are on hand. In downtown Mitchell, seek out the beautiful historical Oregon Hotel. Built around 1936, you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time when you see the quaint parlor, small but charming rooms, and shared bath down the hall. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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The Painted Hills offers tons of hiking trails to discover the surrounding geological wonder. Another great place to stretch your legs is at nearby Owen Ranch, where an easy trail leads to a historic ranch house, boasting old orchards and grand cottonwood trees alongside a scenic creek. Views of geological peaks Mitchell Rock and Bailey Rock pop up along this trail. Also nearby is Priest Hole, the swimming hole locals love for hot summer days on the John Day River. Burnt Ranch Recreation Site has its own swimming hole, as well as a campground for outdoor overnighters and adventurers. In town, shop for geological treasures discovered by local rockhounds.


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The lands between Mitchell and John Day are known as some of the most beautiful and significant geological monuments in the state. Find headquarters and interpretation for the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument between Kimberly and Dayville at the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center, named after the prominent 19th-century Oregon scientist who first recognized the significance of the fossil beds and did the first scientific collection and study of specimens. Colorful murals depicting ancient environments and the plants and animals that lived in them, fossil displays with over 500 specimens, and a fishbowl paleontology laboratory that allow the public to watch scientists actively studying fossils are some of the features that visitors enjoy. There’s an activity room for the kids and a terrific gift store.

TAKE TIME FOR RESPITE AND A BITE

Have a picnic across the highway from the visitor center at the historic Cant Ranch. Once the monument headquarters, the ranch is sometimes open as a museum, and is always a lovely spot to see the historic architecture and outbuildings of an old ranch. Don’t miss the view of Sheep Rock from the property. Grab a meal in Dayville at the Dayville Café, featuring steak and burgers from the local Painted Hills Ranch. Nearby is the Dayville Mercantile, opened in 1896, and is still an oldfashioned dry goods store with over 8,000 products. You’re still on the John Day River Farm Trail, so don’t miss more amazing local foods and farms including Prairie Springs Fish Farm, where they grow fish to stock ponds and lakes, and Happy Hen’s Egg Farm for cage-free eggs and fresh produce.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH Dayville

Dayville is a sleepy Western town named after the mighty John Day River that flows nearby. A heartland of natural beauty, Dayville invites visitors to explore the surrounding landscape and wildlife. The Journey Through Time Scenic Byway route along the winding John Day River will land you in Dayville, where you’ll find the Picture Gorge, a spectacular entrance to the Sheep Rock unit of the monument. Peddle your way through Dayville on the Old West Scenic Bikeway and refuel at the iconic Dayville Cafe. Guyon Springs, just south, is a beautiful and secluded body of water surrounded by rolling hills and sunsets that seem to go on for eternity. The Guyon Springs Cabin, a rustic Airbnb, provides isolated stays in a stunning environment; you’ll really feel like you just got dropped off in the Wild West while staying at this off the grid, no WiFi cabin with woodburning stoves. Discover miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, along with stretches of the John Day River that are perfect for rafting, kayaking and swimming in Dayville.

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PLENTY OF WAYS TO GET AROUND

John Day is the largest town on this road trip tour, and is also home to Grant County Regional Airport, serving both local pilots and visiting travelers. For much slower travel, consider hopping on your bike and touring the Old West Scenic Bikeway, one of Oregon’s scenic bikeways. Grab lunch and a brew at 1188 Brewing Company, John Day’s bustling and popular brewery. All beer is brewed on site, and many menu items are handcrafted from local produce and products.

CELEBRATING IMMIGRANT STORIES

John Day and the surrounding area is steeped in history as a gold mining region that drew thousands to its boomtowns in the late 1800s. A gem of interpretation about this era is the Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum. This destination remains much as it was nearly a century ago when a thriving community of gold rush-inspired Chinese immigrants called the John Day area home. The Kam Wah Chung store and apothecary was at the center of the community, and today its shelves of well-preserved herbal and traditional medicines serve as a window into history.

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HOTELS AND SALOONS IN PRAIRIE

In Prairie City, enjoy the best of the old and the new at Hotel Prairie, with a beautiful lobby, wine and beer lounge, patio and comfortable rooms with private baths (and even a charging station for your electric car). It’s your perfect base camp along Prairie City’s quaint main street, which offers antique stores, specialty shops and dining.

BIG SKIES, BIG LUXURY

On scenic Highway 395 south of John Day, visit Canyon City, where you’ll find multiple antique shops, the Painted Sky Art Center, Sels Brewery and the wonderful Grant County Historical Museum. Further south is Silvies Valley Ranch, a working ranch, now modern golf resort that merges luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience. Golf the 18-hole reversible course, the same course played in two different directions. Feast on delicious and unique dining options, partake in exclusive outdoor experiences, and relax at the spa. A private airstrip is available for those wishing to fly directly onto the property. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON TO CONDON Drop from the Columbia River into the heart of Gilliam County, home to historic Condon and Oregon’s newest state park, Cottonwood Canyon. Just off the Columbia River and Interstate 84, the town of Arlington is easily accessed from east or west, Portland or Boise. Start your day at Earl Snell Memorial Park on the river in Arlington, where a small beach offers swimming access, picnicking spots, and opportunities for waterfront play and relaxation. Windsurfers will want to head to the Port of Arlington to set sail. Arlington has more dining options than ever to serve the local community of solar wind farm workers. Golfers, don’t miss the nine-hole course at China Creek Golf Course, which boasts a stunning view of the Columbia River. Port of Arlington

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BIG HEART AT CONDON

Turn south at Arlington and climb Highway 19 for 3,000 feet to the heart of the Columbia Plateau and historic Condon. Condon is a small town with a big heart, demonstrated each year at their booming Fourth of July parade and celebration. The town turns out for the parade, street dance, artisan market, hula hoop contest, sidewalk chalk art contest, and fireworks display.

Historic Downtown Condon is seated high atop the Columbia Plateau, serving as the commercial and cultural heart of Gilliam County. Stroll historic main street along Oregon Route 19 and browse popular titles at Powell’s Books. Condon Local integrates a boutique and old-fashioned soda fountain. The Condon Motel has 18 comfortable and cozy rooms with all the amenities and even a welcome mat for your pet. The Historic Hotel Condon is a modern stay with a glimpse of the past. Condon also offers the Condon Golf Course boasting a wellmaintained nine holes and a community swim pool. Don’t miss a stop at Gilliam County Historical Museum, which is more like a real-life trip back in time than a visit to a historical society. Visit an authentic one-room schoolhouse and a brothel-turned-barbershop, each over a century old. The Museum also showcases famous past residents and Nobel Prize winners Linus Pauling and William Murphy, who are celebrated on Nobel Laureate Day each February. 48

THE (ALMOST) BIGGEST AND THE BEST

Cruise Highway 206 to Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Oregon’s second-largest state park is also one of its newest. Comprising some 8,000 acres straddling the lower John Day River canyon, Cottonwood is rugged and vast from vertical cliffs to deep side canyons and arid, rocky ranges. Boasting abundant wildlife, this is a destination for hunters, anglers, horseback riders, campers and wildlife enthusiasts. Also in the park is the 1,500 square foot Experience Center, which serves as a classroom for outdoor education as well as an event space. The Cottonwood Crossing Summer Institute is a weeklong residential field study course for high school students held onsite each summer. With so much open space for exploring, stargazing, and contemplating the elemental forces that carved this unique landscape, Cottonwood Canyon is a destination not to miss as well as a perfect place to end your John Day River Territory tour. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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EXPLORE JOHN DAY RIVER TERRITORY DUKE WARNER REALTY

Duke Warner Realty serving all of Grant County & beyond for over 25 years, earning a reputation for personalized service, reliability and a strong commitment to customers. So whether you are searching for a residence, a ranch, that perfect recreational get away or commercial properties our office works as a team to better serve you in achieving just that! Please give us a call or email us with any questions you may have about real estate in Grant County. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the John Day Valley! Warmest Regards, Lori, Sally, Babette. Contact us at ddwr@ortelco.net PO BOX 53, DAYVILLE, 97825 • (541) 987-2363 • DUKEWARNERREALTYOFEASTERNOREGON.COM

1188 BREWING COMPANY

Visiting Kam Wah Chung, Painted Hills, Hiking the Blue Mountain Trail or the John Day Fossil Beds? Be sure to come see us! We are a family friendly, full-service Pub / Restaurant. Craft Beer brewed in house. Open for breakfast, lunch & dinner 7 days/week with outdoor seating and space for dogs.

ETC. A UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

Etc. features local artisans from Grant County. We are known for our quality artwork and unique items. You’ll enjoy browsing our warm and welcoming shop. There is something for everyone. From beautiful wood carvings, burns, mugs, toys, myrtlewood cutting boards, cheese slicers to exceptionally designed jewelry, quilts, paintings and photography, soaps and lotions, we have it all. Everything is hand made and one of a kind. Stop in and say hello. You’ll be glad you did. 133 W MAIN ST, JOHN DAY, 97845 • (541) 620-2638 • FB.COM/ETC.AUNIQUEBOUTIQUE

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We Deliver - (541) 575-2224. Coffee, juices and smoothies, baked goods, fullservice tanning salon, consignments, and a lot more! We have body lotions, body jewelry and fantastic food specials along with your usual signature sandwiches and homemade soup. Stop by and check out our newly added outdoor seating area that’s private and relaxing. 142 E MAIN ST, JOHN DAY, 97845 • (541) 575-2224 FACEBOOK.COM/JAVAJUNGLETANNING

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GRANT COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT

The Grant County Regional Airport terminal was designed for energy efficiency and also to complement the colors and textures of the natural environment. A third-story observation deck allows visitors to enjoy expansive views of the surrounding mountains while watching air traffic come and go. The airport, open since the 1950s, serves both local pilots and visiting travelers. We offer Jet A and AVgas refueling, a pilot lounge and other amenities including a convenient courtesy car. A GPS instrument approach system and AWOS offer pilots safe and convenient access. 72000 AIRPORT RD, JOHN DAY, 97845 • (541) 575-1151 GRANTCOUNTYOREGON.NET/150/AIRPORT

HOTEL PRAIRIE

Enjoy the best of the old and the new at Hotel Prairie--beautiful lobby, wine and beer lounge, patio, secure Wi-Fi and comfortable rooms with private bath. Located on Prairie City’s quaint main street with antique stores, specialty shops and dining. Hotel Prairie is the perfect base for hiking, cycling, fishing and wildlife viewing. Museums and geological sights close by. Driving electric? Charge your vehicle, including Tesla, while having fun or enjoying a good night’s rest.

GRANT CO. FARMERS MARKET

The Grant County Farmers Market is located in downtown Canyon City with its amazing old town charm, green play space, and parking galore. We are also partnering up with various community organizations for different activities every market. We offer locally grown produce, baked goods, canned items and lots more. We want to support our local food producers and the entrepreneurs in our community. We envision being a community gathering place on Saturdays. A place where we all can assemble, shop, sip coffee, watch our kids play in the park, catch up with old friends and enjoy a bite to eat. PO BOX 584, JOHN DAY, 97845 • (541) 620-3152 • GRANTCOUNTYFARMERSMARKET.COM

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EXPLORE JOHN DAY RIVER TERRITORY SHERMAN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Take a walk on the rural side and discover Sherman County’s history with award winning exhibits: the Oregon Trail, A Century of Rural Living, Horse Power Farming and Cultivation, Conservation & Wheat through the Ages. Experience the military pride and patriotism of this county, the famous Sherman County Journal newspaper along with hands on activities, museum store and so much more. Information Visitor Center, Wi-Fi, and bike friendly. Open May through October. 200 DEWEY ST, MORO, 97039 • (541) 565-3232 • SHERMANMUSEUM.ORG

WASCO HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

Wasco House B&B features comfortable rooms with queen beds and private bathrooms. • Close to the Columbia, John Day and Deschutes rivers, wineries and museums

• At the gateway to Eastern Oregon Email: info@wascohouse.biz 715 ARMSWORTHY ST, WASCO, 97065 • (503) 341-4450 • WASCOHOUSE.BIZ

WILSON RANCHES RETREAT B&B

Welcome to the epic beauty and pioneer hospitality on an authentic working cattle ranch. • Four pristine ranch-style guest rooms in a

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Standard rooms, suites and a retreat house with riverside views are available.

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HOTEL CONDON

This historic country hotel was built in 1918 and has been serving discerning travelers to Condon for over 100 years. Get a great night’s sleep in our clean and spacious guestrooms and wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast. Hotel Condon is 2.5 hours from Portland, 30 minutes from the John Day River, 35 minutes from Cottonwood Canyon State Park, and 1.5 hours from the Painted Hills. Whether you are passing through Condon or looking for a beautiful venue to host an intimate wedding or function; stay in comfort as you explore the rugged beauty of the John Day River Territory. 202 S MAIN ST, CONDON, 97823 • (541) 384-4624 • HOTELCONDON.COM

THE OREGON HOTEL

The Oregon Hotel is a beautiful historical hotel in Mitchell. If you are looking to take a step back in time and experience something different, come and visit this family-owned, breathtaking place. This building was built around 1936, is relaxing and has a positive vibe to it. It is a historical hotel, but has had a few upgrades. We are down to earth people and would love to have you visit our little lovely getaway. Many people say it’s like Grandma’s house. 104 E MAIN ST, MITCHELL, 97750 • (541) 462-3027 • THEOREGONHOTEL.NET

GILLIAM COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Located right next to Burns Park in Condon, displaying several historical buildings with furnished period interiors, including an 1884 Homestead, 1905 Railroad Depot, a 1900 Country School house, a 1900’s Barbershop, the old Condon City Hall and Jail, a country church, and finally a large agricultural display building with antique equipment and vehicles. Tours can be customized to fit all ages and special interest for large or small groups. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Open Wednesday thru Sunday 1 to 5pm (pst). Open May 1st through last Sunday in October; Memorial and Labor Day. HWY 19, BURNS PARK, CONDON, 97823 • (541) 384-4233

SPOKE’N HOSTEL

Spoke’n Hostel is a 5 star, donation based hostel featuring 17 beds, full kitchen, high speed internet, and other amenities. Touring cyclists, ADV riders, and travelers of all adventures find our maps, knowledge of the area and comfortable accommodations the perfect place for adventure planning. Located on Highway 26 just 9 miles from Oregon’s majestic Painted Hills, Spoke’n Hostel is your first stop on the way to making great memories. 300 US HWY 26, MITCHELL, 97750 • (541) 462-3333 • SPOKENHOSTEL.ORG

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HOT SPRINGS • BIRD WATCHING • WAGON RUTS • AN ALKALINE DESERT • MOUNTAINS AND GORGES • RIVER CANYONS Hiking boots, binoculars and a camera are just a few essentials to bring to this region that has been mostly untouched for over a millennium. This land has space for bird watchers, hunters, anglers, mountain bikers, bikepackers and everyone in between. From the avian migrations at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to the dramatic Steens Mountains and the wild Owyhee River Canyon, Southeast Oregon will scratch that adventurous itch.

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SOUTHEAST


Off the Beaten Path

See the best of the Southeast region with three road trip itineraries. See highlights of each road trip on this map, and turn the page to read more about what you’ll discover along the way on each journey.

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FIELDS ROAD TRIP ONE:

BURNS TO FIELDS TO THE ALVORD DESERT

ROAD TRIP TWO:

CRANE TO JORDAN VALLEY TO THE OWYHEE CANYON AND LESLIE GULCH PLAY: Raft the Owyhee Solo or with a local guide, rafting the Owyhee River offers views mostly unchanged over thousands of years. CRUISE: Leslie Gulch This section of the Owyhee Canyon is only accessed by a rugged road—come prepared!

TOUR: Skull Gravel Grind Bike Race A bike race highlighting mountainous ascents, teeth-chattering descents and breathtaking vistas that happens annually on the third Saturday in June.

ROAD TRIP THREE:

EXPERIENCE: Harney County Migratory Bird Fest Explore Oregon’s vast high desert expanses while witnessing thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the open spaces

DISCOVER: Rinehart Stone House Learn Oregon Trail history at a historical stop for 19th century travelers.

TREK: Mickey Hot Springs Much too hot to soak in, these hot springs bubble and steam amid an arid expanse of the salt flat desert.

TASTE: Ontario Farmers Market In the summer months, stop by to sample the fruits of this agricultural community.

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BURNS

BURNS TO FIELDS TO THE ALVORD DESERT Burns is the starting point for southeast Oregon through the historic tribal lands of the Paiute people. Burns truly feels like a remote high desert outpost, probably because it sits in the heart of Harney County, Oregon’s largest and least populated county. Here you’ll find hotels, markets and sporting goods. Grab a meal at the steakhouse Pine Room or swing by Steens Mountain Brewing Company, a family-owned nanobrewery where all beer is small-batch brewed with regional heirloom hops. Catch the biggest bike race around, the Skull Gravel Grind Bike Race. For a taste of culture, visit Gallery 15, with artwork by regional artists, and the Book Parlor, an independent bookstore offering good reads and home décor.

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Discover the Peter French Round Barn, the circular 1880s structure built by cattle baron Peter French from stone and juniper, and used for breaking horses in inclement weather. In the tiny community of Diamond, rest your head at the historic Hotel Diamond, built in 1898, which offers comfortable rooms and meals. Alternately, choose Steens Mountain Guest Ranch for an authentic dude ranch experience.

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Frenchglen is a tiny town of only twelve people. Book a room at the historic Frenchglen Hotel. Established in 1916, the hotel retains its century-old charm. Relax on the front porch, and enjoy a communal meal in the dining room. If camping is your cup of tea, choose Page Springs Campground on the Donner und Blitzen River. Steens Mountain Wilderness Resort is nearby, where guests are welcomed by cabins, tent sites and RV sites. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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From Burns, travel thirty miles south for a haven of avian action. The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a crucial breeding ground and migratory rest stop along the Pacific Flyway. Considered one of the top bird-watching areas in the Pacific Northwest, Malheur teems with resident wildlife and hundreds of migratory species of birds. Start your exploration at the refuge headquarters, with a visitors center, museum and gift store. Grab your binoculars and a camera to explore the 187,757-acre, federally protected wildlife habitat. Spring and fall are great times to visit. In addition to unparalleled bird watching, enjoy educational opportunities, wildlife viewing, hiking, and regulated fishing

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TACKLING MOUNTAINS

The Steens Mountain formed when immense geologic forces pushed the east edge of the mountain up along the edge of the Alvord Desert, creating the largest fault-block mountain in the Northern Great Basin. The Steens Tour Loop takes travelers up the backside to a summit that rises more than a mile above the east-facing landscape, affording dramatic views. From the

summit, descend on a short, steep trail to Wildhorse Lake for a dip in the cold and cobalt blue waters. Hike the twenty-eight-mile Steens Mountain Gorges Loop, which treats hikers to waterfalls and leads to the massive, U-shaped Blitzen and Big Indian gorges carved during the last ice age. At Steens’ lower elevations, abundant wildlife draws hunters and anglers to stocked lakes and streams ripe with redband trout. Summer in the Steens brings wildflower displays in a profusion of color.

BURGERS AND SHAKES

Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep and other wildlife on your way south from Frenchglen to Fields. At Fields, the action is all at Fields Station, which offers burgers and milkshakes by the thousands to hungry desert travelers each year, along with hotel rooms, groceries and fuel.

WALK AN ANCIENT LAKE

The Alvord Desert provides explorers with a true sense of wonder. Here on the expansive, surreal playa, you’re at the bottom of what once was a 200-feet-deep lake that stretched from Steens Mountain to Nevada. Walk out onto the white crusty surface, drive across the open space where rules allow, or simply take in the impressive expanse with your eyes. The remote Alvord Hot Springs is a chance to soak in a semideveloped pool with a view of the playa.

DESERT OASIS

Anglers of all sorts should head to Mann Lake, where the trout are plentiful. Mickey Hot Springs is also on the north end of the Alvord; look for its deep pool, clear with near-boiling water, the ground hissing with steam and gurgling mud pots. These are not waters for soaking or drinking, and don’t expect much water anywhere else in this region—desert climates bring temperature swings and long expanses of scenic highway.

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CRANE LESLIE GULCH

CRANE TO JORDAN VALLEY TO THE OWYHEE CANYON AND LESLIE GULCH

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Go tiny-town hopping in this remote region of the West, filled with thriving wildlife, dramatic gorges and charming communities.

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French-Canadian explorer Toussaint Charbonneau and Shoshone guide Sacagawea helped guide Lewis and Clarke through this land over 200 years ago. Their son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, spent his life as an explorer, fur trapper and trader in these lands, and is buried in Danner, east of Rome. In Jordan Valley, grab a cup of coffee, a home-baked snack or some ice cream and friendly conversation in the historic stone building Rockhouse Coffee. Purchased as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Birch Creek Ranch is a BLM-run Owyhee River gem with twenty-six structures. Stake a tent at one of the primitive campsites.

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NATURAL, AND STAYING THAT WAY

Onward to Leslie Gulch and Owyhee Canyon, two beautiful and protected areas. One of the most scenic rivers in the Northwest, the Owyhee begins in the mountains of western Idaho and empties into Oregon’s Owyhee Reservoir, passing by 1,000-foot rhyolite cliffs, 9,000-year-old petroglyphs, fauna and riverside hot springs. In Leslie Gulch, bighorn sheep, mule deer and elk deftly traverse the precious metal-hued volcanic tuff formations. Years of advocacy have kept the area off limits to natural resource development. PHOTO TOP PATRICK STOLL / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO, BOTTOM LEON WERDINGER

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Rocky, mudded and all around unpaved roads await ambitious adventurers in this land where towns are few and far between. In summer, prepare for hot weather and little shade—but plenty of scenery. Multiday whitewater rafting trips are offered by a number of outfitters who guide boats through quiet sections broken up by adrenaline-inducing rapids. Hike Jordan Canyons or Painted Canyon Loop, and camp at Slocum Creek Campground or Succor Creek State Natural Area. End your day on the lower Owyhee River, where you’ll find Oregon’s finest brown trout fishery tucked up against the Idaho border. 58

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JUNTURA TO VALE TO ONTARIO

ONTARIO JUNTURA

Take part of the Oregon Trail to the border with Idaho while discovering small farming communities and historic outposts left behind by generations long gone. Juntura is a small place with plenty of charm; just be sure you don’t accidentally miss it as you drive by. Ease off the gas as you approach the horseshoe bend on the Malheur River. Grab a meal at the Oasis Café, and then follow the gravel road under a steel trestle train bridge to the riverside hot springs where a small soaking pool awaits.

Rinehart Stone House

RUTS IN THE DIRT

Vale is a town with a strong connection to its pioneer history. Visit the rustic sandstone Rinehart Stone House, built in 1872 as a wayside stop for weary travelers until the early 1900s. Today, the museum displays interpretative exhibits about the Oregon Trail. Stroll around town to see the many Murals of Vale depicting Oregon Trail Era history. East of town at Keeney Pass Interpretive Site, find vestiges of the ruts left behind by the covered wagons of the Oregon Trail.

PHOTO TOP GEORGE OSTERTAG / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO. BOTTOM GREG VAUGHN / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

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AMERICA’S GLOBAL VILLAGE

JUNE 4, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM | ONTARIO LIONS PARK

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS

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Malheur Field Station

Located in the heart of the West’s largest bird migration route year-round Lodging and seasonal dining for individuals, families and groups Educational programs in and about the Northern Great Basin area

Come see the Bortle 1 Dark sky, so spectacular it's named one of the county's "7 Natural Wonders."

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At The Narrows • 30 Amp and 50 amp pull through • Full bathrooms with showers and back-in sites • Laundry facility • Water & sewer dump and air station • Mini-mart with ice, propane, • Tent spaces & rustic cabin gas & diesel

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ROAD TRIP THREE

Ontario is one of Oregon’s easternmost settlements and stands as a setting off point for aquatic adventures where the Snake, Malheur, Owyhee and Payette rivers converge. The Four Rivers Cultural Center documents another kind of convergence: that of cultures. The Center takes visitors on a historic journey, from the native Northern Paiutes to the settlers who came in the 19th century to the Japanese Americans interned in the area during World War II to the migrant workers who keep the fields green in modern times.

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Take I-84 east to west for a tour of some bountiful farmland and rich natural landscape. In and around Ontario, the Payette, Malheur and Owyhee Rivers join the Snake River in a lush valley of fertile land. Discover The Four Rivers Farm and Garden Trail. Along this route, detour off of the highway to fully experience the rich agriculture and delicious tastes that emerge in Southeastern Oregon. Between Ontario and Vale, begin at the crossroads of Highways 26 and 201 to explore farms, orchards and farm stands along this journey. Meet the growers, ranchers and purveyors of fresh, natural foods on the grounds of the very land they work and nurture. Visit Country Corner, a multigenerational family farm, and tour Andrews Seed Company for heirloom seeds, nursery plants and gardening supplies. Boston Beef House offers Painted Hills Natural Beef, raised in the region on family ranches. When in season, don’t miss a visit through the Ontario Farmers Market. Travel this route through Ontario, Vale and Nyssa and visit farmers markets, flower stands, bistros and produce stands.

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A LAND FOR ALL


EXPLOREHARNEY BAKER COUNTY CITY EXPLORE ROUND BARN VISITOR CENTER

Come join us at the Round Barn Visitor Center. You will be surrounded by high desert scenes and skies, birds and wildlife.. We have a historic family museum, clean restrooms, complimentary coffee and fun gift items. This is your place also to find warm clothing, maps, and get local information. We have a rather extensive book store including local authors’ works. You can enjoy the miniatures collection, doll collection and other antiques from the 1860s on in the museum. Just 30 minutes from the Crystal Crane Hot Springs, and 30 minutes from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. 51955 LAVA BED RD, DIAMOND, 97722 • (541) 493-2070

HARNEY COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

Harney County Fair: September 6-11, 2022. With open spaces and shade trees the Harney County fairgrounds provides an ideal location for weddings, rodeo events, reunions, vendor expos and fundraising functions. Camp Sites: 30 Full Hook Up Camp Sites & 100+ Horse Stalls 69660 S. EGAN ST, BURNS, 97720 • (541)573-6447 HARNEYFAIRGROUNDS.COM

LONE PINE GUEST RANCH

Lone Pine Guest Ranch is a Bed & Breakfast with clean, cozy and beautifully furnished rooms with views of the Steens Mountain and quick access to downtown Burns. Enjoy your own fireplace and private decks. Includes breakfast, teas and coffee in room. Breakfast and / or lunch comes from the Broadway Deli. Lone Pine Guest Ranch provides Hay rides, bird watching, star gazing and incredible sunset views. 72172 LONE PINE RD, BURNS, 97720 • (541) 573-7020 • (541) 589-2898 LONEPINEGUESTRANCH.COM

BURNS RV PARK

Enjoy our quiet and shaded back-in sites with plenty of lawn area, big rig pull thru, two rustic cabins, and three new tipis,community fire ring, gazebo with BBQ’s, horseshoes, and book exchange. Tent and bikers welcome. Open all year long with owners on site. A variety of birds and deer are seen in park. Discounts to Good Sam and Military. Visa/MC accepted. 1273 SENECA DR, BURNS, 97720 • (541) 573-7640 • BURNSRVPARK.COM

FRENCHGLEN HOTEL

A quiet wayside in a busy and hectic world, this historical hotel, originally constructed in 1916, sits at the base of the beautiful Steens Mountain. The hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner is by reservation only). Enjoy many outdoor activities in the area, such as hiking, sight-seeing on the mountain, fishing, bird watching, rock hounding, visiting with the locals and much more. Come and enjoy rustic accommodations, excellent food and the unique beauty of this timeless piece of Oregon history. Located 60 miles south of Burns on Highway 205. 39184 HWY 205, FRENCHGLEN, 97736 • (541) 493-2825 • FRENCHGLENHOTEL.COM

ALVORD HOT SPRINGS

Is it the stars or the Steens, distance from town or dirt road? Maybe it’s the flash from the past or the wide-open space. We feel it’s a combination of all these things that makes us unique. When you come to this family-owned hot springs, we try our best to make you feel like you’re a part of the traditions we thrive to maintain. Whether it’s the stars, the water or the open space that you come here for, we try to provide everything needed to make your stay memorable. Our store offers a wide variety of items, water, food, clothing & other necessitates. . We always appreciate phone calls. 36095 E STEENS RD, PRINCETON, 97721 • (541) 589-2282 • ALVORDHOTSPRINGS.COM

OARD’S GALLERY & MUSEUM

A must-visit for lovers of authentic Native American jewelry, art, pottery, Navajo rugs, local Paiute and native American history and art. The arts of nine different tribes are represented at the gallery.

STEENS MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS RESORT

The resort is located on 16 acres and looks out across the South end of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. There are 9 different rental units, all the units have a kitchen area, bathroom with a shower and heating and cooling units so that they can be used year round. There are different size units to accommodate a variety of groups and families. We have full hook-up RV sites that are all long pull thru sites, also 14 tents sites with grass and shade. All guests have access to free Wi-Fi, DVD library, restrooms, laundry facilities. 42456 HWY 20E, BURNS, 97720 • (541) 493-2535 • OARDSGALLERY.COM

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NORTHEAST The Northeast corner of Oregon is full of surprises. Extreme landscapes like tall mountains and deep canyons give way to lush forests and quaint creeks that run through. Bountiful farmland and rolling natural expanses surround the communities that call this place home. The views here could never fully be replicated by a photo or a painting, but that doesn’t stop the locals from drawing inspiration for their art from the surrounding landscapes. From winter to summer and everything in between, Northeast Oregon is full of opportunities for outdoor recreation, from mountain biking and snowmobiling to cruising scenic byways with frequent stops at berry stands.

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AGRICULTURE • NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE • THE OREGON TRAIL • YEAR-ROUND OUTDOOR RECREATION ALPINE WILDERNESS • FARM TRAILS • GOLD RUSH HISTORY • HISTORIC RAILROADS


Off the Beaten Path

Discover the best of the Northeast region with the three road trip itineraries in this section. See highlights of each road trip on this map, and turn the page to read more about what you’ll discover along the journey.

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ROAD TRIP ONE:

LA GRANDE TO UNION TO NORTH POWDER TO HAINES

Find out why over 100 buildings have been preserved for their historical value in this Gold Rush town.

CRUISE: Elkhorn Scenic Byway

TASTE: Mamacita’s International Grill

Connecting in Baker City with three other byways, cruise this stretch of road for views of Goldrush remnants and the Elkhorn peaks.

TREK: Morgan Lake

ROAD TRIP THREE:

International flare is on display, including wagyu beef. Trek to a high elevation for incredible views, camping under the stars and rainbow trout fishing.

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TOUR: The Broadway Downhill Trail

You won’t want to miss this Western tradition celebrating heritage and community, plus tons of rodeo action.

Prepare for three miles of high-adrenaline downhill riding with banked turns and routes for riders of all skill levels.

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EXPERIENCE: Elgin Stampede TASTE: Sugar Time Bakery

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LA GRANDE

ROAD TRIP ONE

UNION

LA GRANDE TO UNION TO NORTH POWDER TO HAINES Take in the beauty of the Grande Ronde Valley, travel south through Oregon Trail country, and land in the territory of the Elkhorn Range. The city of La Grande lies east of the Blue Mountains and south of Pendleton. Named by an early French settler for its dramatic beauty, The Grande Ronde Valley was a waypoint on the Oregon Trail, and the Grande Ronde river is still a sustaining force for the community. Long before the pioneers, the Nez Perce and other local tribes made this rugged, stunning valley home.

NORTH POWDER HAINES

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Side A Brewing

COLLEGE VIBES

Home to Eastern Oregon’s only four-year university, La Grande is becoming a bustling and lively college town. Explore the Eastern Oregon University campus, including the Nightengale Gallery, featuring year-round exhibits of works made by students and regional artists. See the Italian Renaissance Revival Grand Staircase, which rises five tiers up a hillside. Catch numerous theater performances throughout the year at the McKenzie Theater.

Artists and art enthusiasts find haven taking in year-round gallery shows as well as classes at Arts Center East, an art gallery in a converted Carnegie Library. The center is a hub for the arts in Northeast Oregon, and a stop on the Art Trail of Northeast Oregon. Nearby is Boylan Studios and Birddog Glass, which share a renovated 1920s service station. Witness the creation of blown glass or take a class in the studio, and then take home a paperweight or ornament for a special souvenir. The blacksmiths at Northwest Skillet Company create artisan cookware from copper and carbon steel. Visitors are welcome to their studio by appointment. At the Potter’s House, watch live kiln firing in action, and then purchase raku and stoneware momentos. 66

WHERE’S THE BEEF?

Beef is always on the menu in ranching country. Hines Meat Company offers an old-fashioned meat counter and a window to the cut-room. Find Hines Meat Company’s meats cooked to order at Side A Brewing, which brews craft beer to couple with their delicious menu, featuring a wide variety of locallysourced produce and baked goods. Mamacita’s International Grill, as the name might imply, offers international flare on their fare, including Wagyu beef. The Landing features a large variety of locally sourced food in a great environment. After the main course, visit The Local, a vintage Texaco station offering specialty coffee, a variety of ice cream scoops and thick milkshakes. In a hurry? Grab a coffee and food to-go at Liberty Theatre Cafe. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

PHOTO TOP DENNIS FRATES / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO, INSET GARDENIA MIRAMONTES

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La Grande is blessed to be surrounded by tons of outdoor recreation opportunities. Vast national forests, rivers and mountains make up the city’s backyard. From the waters of the Grande Ronde River to the peaks of the Blue Mountains, it would take a lifetime to explore all of the wild country this region has to offer.

MAKE A SPLASH

Can’t wait to cast your line? Visit the La Grande shop Alpine Archery and Fly for the hottest flies and current information on Grande Ronde River waters—a river home to twenty three species of native fish. The river is famous for white water rafting and kayaking, too—grab gear and a guide at Minam Store Outfitters.

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The Mount Emily Recreation Area, a nationally acclaimed motorized/non-motorized park with nearly 100 miles of trails, is just north of La Grande. Witness an abundance of birds and wildlife, a world-class archery range and free camping at Fox Hill Campground. In the warmer months, enjoy hiking, backpacking and mountain biking. Winter months bring backcountry skiing or snowshoeing. All year, enjoy all-terrain vehicle activities including snowmobiling, four-wheeling and dual sport biking. Located atop a mountain west of La Grande, Morgan Lake is perfect for rainbow trout fishing, camping, picnicking, paddle-boarding and gentle nature walks. South of town is Ladd Marsh Viewing Area, boasting over 6,000 acres of wetlands and uplands for viewing and wildlife preservation. The annual Bird Festival in March offers a week of activities for novice to expert birders. Ladd Marsh offers some areas for game hunting as well, in season.

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The Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway, a 134-mile figure eight that puts Union City in the middle, features remote open road, fragrant sage in the air and wide-open skies. In other words, this might be a cyclist’s dream. Grab some gear at Blue Mountain Outfitters and get your bike tuned up at The Mountain Works, both located in La Grande.

GET PRUNEY IN SOME HOT SPRINGS

Hot waters from hot springs have proven health benefits, especially post exercise. Soothe your weary muscles after a day of adventure at The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs, south of La Grande. A gathering place for its natural hot waters for hundreds of years, the property has recently been renovated to include modern lodging, five lakeside soaking pools, natural beauty in every direction, and plans for onsite pubs and restaurants. Nearby is the Grande Hot Springs RV Resort, which offers RV and tent sites, yurts for rent, and two mineral soaking pools of its own.

PHOTO TOP ERIC VALENTINE, BOTTOM LEON WERDINGER

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NEXT STOP, UNION

The air truly is fresh in the mountains, and Union has an abundance. Continue your journey between La Grande and Union by immersing yourself in the bounty of this rich agricultural region. The Grande Ronde Farm Trail offers fresh, healthy food, charming animals, friendly farmers and beautiful scenery. Grande Ronde Goat Dairy

GRANDE RONDE FARM TRAIL

This twenty-seven stop journey only takes about an hour and loops visitors from La Grande to Summerville, Cove to Union and back. In La Grande, check out some highlights like Avella Orchard, a two-acre forest of nut and fruit trees. By Summerville, check out Northwest Skillet, where guests can witness a professional blacksmith create high quality skillets and utensils from raw materials. When you hit Cove, be sure to stop by Pick’N Patch in the fall for pumpkin and other seasonal produce, and Cove Cherry Farm in the summer, when their cherries and floral arrangments are in bloom. Explore the farm loop on four wheels or two and bring along cash, as many farm stands are self-serve. The La Grande Farmers Market is another seasonal delight come summertime. Don’t miss the chance to visit baby goats and try some milk at Grande Ronde Goat Dairy in Union. Curious about how a cattle ranch operates? Head to Buffalo Peak Land & Livestock to get a glimpse at the inner workings of a cattle operation that also conducts restoration projects on the local ecosystems. Be sure to reserve your space at both of these stops!

HISTORY OF THE WEST

In Union, the Union County Museum is a glimpse of life into the rugged West. Meet the pioneers who explored, logged, chased bandits, drove cattle, plowed soil, dug for gold, sold calico and made this place home. Hot Lake is thought to be one of the first geothermal springs to ever be visited by European settlers. Now, The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs stands as a cozy accommodation for any visitor looking to soak and relax in luxury.

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Come Experience

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NORTHEAST

ROAD TRIP ONE Anthony Lake and the Elkhorn Mountains

Starbottle Saloon

MUCH TO DO IN NORTH POWDER

You’ll find North Powder, the access point for the Elkhorn Mountains and year-round outdoor adventure, south of Union where Highway 237 intersects with Interstate 84. The Anthony Lakes area to the west of this small town comprises fifteen lakes and marshes nestled in and around the mountain peaks of the Elkhorn Mountains.

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BACKCOUNTRY EXPLORING

Tear through the backcountry and skip the lines in style with a Snow Cat Tour, offered for a full or half day. The cat carries up to twelve people. Access 2,000 acres of steeps, bowls and glades, covering 1,000 to 1,700 vertical feet per run. Lunch and snacks are included in this guide-led adventure. 70

LOVING THE LODGE

For cozy respite, warm food and cold drinks, a rental shop and more, stop by the full-service lodge. Order a regional micro-brew and locally sourced foods at Starbottle Saloon. During the winter season, the lodge is open from Thursday through Monday. Every Thursday, lift tickets are half price. In the summer, the Starbottle is open Friday to Sunday.

FUN IN THE SUN

When the sun gets high in the sky and summer weather hits the region, Anthony Lakes becomes a backpacking and mountain biking destination. The guides at The Trailhead in downtown Baker City, are singletrack experts who work in partnership with the Forest Service, BLM and the resort to cultivate the best trails. Pedal payoffs include panoramic views of Hoffer Lakes, Anthony Lake (yes, there is an actual lake), and Lee’s and Lakes Lookout peaks. The Broadway Flow downhill mountain bike trail is the resort’s newest treasure, with three miles of downhill and banked turns, with options for all riders. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

PHOTO TOP GREG VAUGHN / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO, INSET BAKER COUNTY TOURISM

Drive nineteen miles west of North Powder and discover Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, a year round recreation destination. The resort brings everything from alpine and Nordic skiing to snowshoeing, yurt camping and snowmobiling. With thousands of acres of lift-accessed terrain, 900 vertical feet of downhill and thirty kilometers of groomed Nordic trails, this is a ski outing not to be missed. At 7,100 feet, Anthony Lakes ski area takes the crown for the highest base in Oregon. Light, dry powder is the norm, lines are short and the parking lot is rarely packed. Beginners will appreciate the magic carpet and the family-friendly atmosphere. More advanced riders will revel in 80 percent intermediate and expert terrain. Everyone will appreciate the majestic beauty of the mountains and forest. In March, don’t miss the Snow Blast, one of the largest fireworks displays in Eastern Oregon.


Churchill School in Baker City, OR

an Old School that is a Hub for Art, Music, Recreation and Lodging

Churchill School was built in 1925 Now it’s the place for Live Music with regional, national & International touring acts, Art Studios, Plus A Bike Hostel & The Homeroom #36,

www.ChurchillBaker.com

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KEEP ADVENTURE CLOSE

What better way to stay near the action and truly experience the mountain-vibes than renting a cozy yurt? The yurts sleep five to eight people and are fully outfitted with a wood stove for heat (including cut and split firewood), kitchen basics, lanterns, bunks, a table, games and access to an outhouse.

A RESPITE IN HAINES

Just north of Baker City is a small town with big heart; no wonder Haines was nicknamed “Oregon’s biggest little town.” In July, visit the Haines Stampede Rodeo, with rodeo royalty, cowboy breakfast and a beer garden. Fourth of July fireworks are on the docket, too. In August, attend the demolition derby. The Eastern Oregon Museum is located in the historic Haines High School Gymnasium and includes the historic Union Pacific Train Depot. Interpreting the city’s mining, farm and ranch, and boomtown history, the museum also hosts a popular annual quilt show.

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ROAD TRIP BITES

Did we mention that cowboys love their beef? Stop by the Haines Steak House for their famous, slow cooked and wildly tender prime rib, or their iconic cast iron branded steaks. You can’t visit cattle country without enjoying a great steak here, near the beautiful Elkhorn Mountain Range en route to Baker City.

Haines Steak House

PHOTOS MIDDLE AND BOTTOM BAKER COUNTY TOURISM

Haines Fourth of July parade

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CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF SKIING IN EASTERN OREGON 1963 - 2023

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1828 Main Street Downtown Baker City, Oregon

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(541) 523 - 1668


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HALFWAY

ROAD TRIP TWO

RICHLAND Sumpter Valley Railroad

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Boomtown histories, huge canyons and remnants of the days when the railroad meant sink or swim to a community GOLD RUSH HISTORY

Founded as a boomtown in the Gold Rush Era, Sumpter is a special place in Oregon history. This little place perched on the edge of the Blue Mountains exudes historical charm and has plenty of stories to tell of times gone past. Visit the Sumpter area to experience 150-year-old history, rugged scenery, a flea market, ghost towns and remote and meandering trails through the woods.

PHOTOS BAKER COUNTY TOURISM

A TRAIN RIDE, BACK IN TIME

In the Gold Rush, the railroad was the lifeblood of a young community. The Sumpter Valley Railroad was built to transport logs to the sawmill in Baker City. Today, experience the scenic Sumpter Valley via a ride for the whole family on the historic steam railroad. Open weekends in the summer, the train rumbles through the heart of gold country, just like it did a century ago. 74

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YOU’VE STRUCK GOLD

Gold prospectors of yesteryears would often use huge dredges to extract their precious metal. One of the nation’s oldest gold dredges and an important link to Oregon’s pioneering past, the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area is open to visitors in summer. Stop by the dredge, take a tour, walk the trails, and mine for gold. Visit the interpretive center and gift shop to learn more about this valley’s rich, golden history.

ALONG CAME BAKER

The Elkhorn Scenic Byway passes through Baker City where it connects with three other scenic byways. The byway offers visitors an opportunity to explore the region’s rich turn-ofthe-19th-century gold rush heritage and even offers a few ghost towns. Meandering through the spectacular Elkhorn Mountains, attractions include the Sumpter Valley Railroad, Sumpter Dredge State Park, the ghost town of Granite and Anthony Lakes Resort.

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An annual and much-loved tradition you must check out is Sumpter’s Flea Market. Comb the streets for treasures sold by vendors, from antiques to jewelry to art. Book a room at The Depot Inn, conveniently located in the heart of downtown historic Sumpter. Sumpter Valley Dredge

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Baker Heritage Museum Featured Exhibits • Extraordinary Women of Baker County • Temporary Interpretive Center Exhibits • Extensive Rock & Gem Collection • Wildlife • Trandportation Over the Years • Wally Byam Airstream Exhibit • Mining, Ranching, and more 24 8 0 GROV E - (5 41 ) 5 2 3 - 9 3 0 8 - O P E N 1 0 - 4 M O N D AY - SATU R D AY & 1 2 - 4 SU N DAY

Adler House Museum Step into the past in this 1880’s Italiante home owned by “Mr. Baker City,” Leo Adler. Original period furnishings. Hear the stories of the Adler family form our passionate volunteers. 2305 MA I N - O P E N M E M O R I A L- L A B O R D AY T H UR S D AY - SAT UR D AY

BARLEY BROWN’S BREWPUB 2190 MAIN ST • Family-friendly restaurant • Great food • Award Winning Beer • Full bar Open Tuesday thru Saturday

BARLEY BROWN’S TAPHOUSE 2200 MAIN ST • Production Brewery • 20 Taps • Age 21+ • Monthly Live Music Open 7 days a week

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Take a tour of the glorious, wellpreserved buildings that reflect the way luxury has evolved over the years. Take a self-guided architectural tour with stops at charming businesses along the way. Begin at the fully restored grande dame of Baker City’s glitzy past and the cornerstone of downtown—the Geiser Grand Hotel. Architectural details include a threestory cupola, ornate stained-glass ceilings, cavernous wine cellars, Victorian-style suites and upscale cuisine. Sign up for a guided tour on the weekends, or book a room for the night and see if the hotel is really haunted, as rumored.

To sample the many flavors of Baker City, just keep wandering downtown. A legendary craft brewery, Barley Brown’s Brewing Company’s beer competition medal holdings have reached triple digits. The taproom and brewpub both serve tasty food and more beers than you have fingers and toes to count them on. Start with the Pallet Jack IPA, which tops many “best” lists. At the award winning Glacier 45 Distillery, sip their hand crafted spirits including vodka, bourbon and gin. The only winery on the Oregon side of the Snake River Valley AVA is Copper Belt Winery, located downtown on Main Street. There’s always beer on tap if wine tasting isn’t for you. For a true sensory delight, head to Peterson’s Gallery and Chocolatier. Thought provoking art and delectable treats; what more could you want? More local art can be found at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Churchill School, Peterson’s Gallery, and White House Art & Design, plus Sweet Wife Bakery and The Cheese Fairy, which display local art and participate in First Fridays. At BELLA Main Street Markets, seek out versatile and innovative kitchen items, wine, chocolate, fine linens and greeting cards, and is also home of the famous locally brewed Ruby D Tonic. Experience all Baker City has to offer on an immersive self-guided walking and tasting tour with Go Wild: American Adventures. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

PHOTOS TOP LEFT AND RIGHT ALEX JORDAN, BOTTOM LEON WERDINGER

Voted one of Rand McNally’s six most beautiful small towns in America three years in a row, calling Baker City “charming” is an understatement. Baker City was a gold rush boomtown in its own right, once known throughout the West as the “Metropolis of Eastern Oregon” and the “Queen City of the Inland Empire.” Baker City has one of the most wellpreserved historic downtown districts in Oregon. Why? Because in the late 1800s, the city struck gold, literally. The wealth that flooded the town can be seen in the quality of the 100-plus downtown structures on the National Historic Registry.

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Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon Our 2022 Featured Artists Shows celebrate diverse art from around the region. Shows open every First Friday. Free to the Public!

June: “Field Work” Textiles by Lisa Flowers Ross and Ceramics by Kelly Cox and Eric Mullis

July: “Art About Agriculture” OSU Show Juried exhibit by Oregon State University, featuring art subjects focused on Oregon’s agriculture August: “Intimate Spaces” Fiber art by Rachael Mayer and Pastels by Joanne Leone

September: Art at the Crossroads September Open Regional Show October: Clocks and Sculptures by Stephen Wadner and Acrylics by Sarah Greenman

November: “Cynefin” Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite, and Mixed Media by Janni Kerns and Mary Davies Kerns December: Christmas at Crossroads - The Gift of Art

Crossroads is open Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm

Artwork clockwise from top left: Kelly Cox and Eric Mullis; Janni Kerns and Mary Davies Kerns; Hilery Lay, Best of Show 2021 Art at the Crossroads

We invite you to Oregon’s Arts and Culture Getaway — Baker City, Oregon

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center • 2020 Auburn Avenue, Baker City, Oregon 97814 • www.crossroads-arts.org

A scenic 18 hole golf course located in Historic Baker City, Oregon.

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PIECES OF HISTORY

Take a trip to the Baker Heritage Museum for an interpretive collection of Baker County’s history, including history of Baker County industries, Chinese heritage, native and nonnative wildlife, and regional Native American artifacts. The museum also showcases several exhibits from the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, a center that tells the story of Oregon Trail-era pioneers, and is closed in preparation for a building overhaul starting in 2022. Stop by The Oregon Trail Shop for a unique Oregon-themed gift.

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BLOSSOMING ARTS

For award-winning festivals and other fun annual events, look no further than Baker County. The blossoming arts scene here celebrates the We Like’em Short Film Festival, Pine Fest Music Festival, Baker City’s Little Big Show and Open Studio Tours. For aspiring artists, the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center and Churchill School both offer a variety of classes.

LIVE THE RANCH LIFE

Ranching has shaped the history of Baker County, and ranching continues to shape the community today. With more than two dozen Oregon State Heritage farms and ranches in Baker County, the working West is still a way of life here. Geiser Grand Hotel owner Barbara Sidway noticed that many of her guests had an interest in what it is like to live on a ranch in Eastern Oregon, so she created the Geiser Grand Ranch Experiences, connecting local ranchers with visitors who would like a taste of the economically and culturally important ranching industry.

Baker City’s First Friday Art Walk

From the Hells Canyon, Journey Through Time, and Elkhorn Scenic byways to the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway, cyclists here have options, to say the least. Cycling events include the Baker City Cycling Classic taking place June 17-19, 2022. The event brings hundreds of road cyclists to the region to ride and race on scenic roads. Soaking up the history and beauty of the region doesn’t hurt either. Find local resources and friendly expert level service and information at The Trailhead Baker City, plus full service bike repair is in need of some work and a retail shop if you forgot any necessities. 80

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BABOON CREEK OUTFITTERS IS EASTERN OREGON’S OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EQUIPMENT HEADQUARTERS.

Opened in 2021, Baboon Creek Outfitters is your one stop shop for all your outdoor gear needs. Camping, hiking, fishing, camp cooking and more! Stop in and see our selection of camp stoves and lanterns, sleeping bags, tents, backpacks, trekking poles, cast iron and more. New inventory added weekly! Quality used equipment as well. 1719 MAIN ST. BAKER CITY, OR 97814 | 541-239-5316

T ruffles, Espresso & D rinking C hocolate We offer a variety of handcrafted chocolates and confections in our beautifully renovated, historic store front. Relax at our comfortable chocolate bar while sipping on a mocha, latte or cappuccino made from hand-pressed espresso. Enjoy a selection of truffles, signature bars, drinking chocolate, rich brittles and smooth caramels, all produced on site from the finest ingredients. Open 10:15am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and located right across the street from the historic Geiser Grand Hotel.

1925 Main Street, Baker City • (541) 523-1022

Churchill Haunted Studios October Weekends in Baker City, OR starting Oct. 7th and ending on Oct.30th

GLACIER45.COM | (541) 519-0081 | BAKER CITY

WE DIDN’T INVENT VODKA... WE JUST MADE IT BETTER® GLACIER 45 premium spirits are inspired by Oregon’s active outdoor community and ultra-pristine mountain landscapes. Our distillery located in historic Baker City, Oregon sits at the base of the Elkhorn Mountain range and provides us with amazingly clean and clear water for all of our spirits.

We hope you visit our distillery soon and if you can’t, at least you can enjoy Oregon’s finest in each sip of our handcrafted spirits.

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THE DEEPEST CUT

Defined as “dramatic” and “deep,” it is no wonder that Hells Canyon is named what it is. This riverine area is tucked into the northeast corner of the region. A glimpse of and a tour through North America’s deepest river canyon are not to be missed. To explore the canyon and the nearby Wallowa Mountains, check out the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway. The route extends from Baker City to La Grande around the back way, along the rim of Hells Canyon and through the rugged Wallowa Range. The 208-mile route is only open June to October in its entirety, and covers some of the region’s most spectacular scenery. Meandering through rolling farmlands—showcasing sweeping views of the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains—and following the winding Powder River before reaching the bottom of Hells Canyon, the route is about as dramatic as it gets.

MOUNTAIN CULTURE

Do it like the pioneers did and explore every inch of the Snake River. Explore the deepest river gorge in North America with the experts at Hells Canyon Adventures, at this for more than forty years. Wet and wild jet boat tour options range from daylong family-geared trips to fast-paced thirty-minute jaunts. Need some up-close whitewater action? Jump aboard a whitewater tour with Winding Waters River Expeditions, which also offers fishing experiences. Enjoy a day of fishing with spectacular views, like the one just below the Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River.

IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT VIEW

Bring the camera and a sack lunch, and enjoy a meal with one of the best views you’ll ever see. Once you have reached Wallowa County on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, take an afternoon to visit the Buckhorn Overlook. Feeling extra brave? Take a narrow cliff-hugging, partially unpaved road out to Hat Point after passing through the tiny community of Imnaha. Spoiler alert: they’re breathtaking. Bake

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Exploring Hells Canyon might require a basecamp, and both towns of Halfway and Richland make great choices. Each offers a variety of lodging choices, restaurants, and other amenities. Enjoy the Halfway Whimsical artists’ co-op for local arts and the Main Place for burgers and beer. These two towns are home to numerous festivals including the Hells Canyon Jr. Rodeo, Eagle Valley Days, PineFest and the Richland Brownlee Panfishing tournament. The Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo, held Labor Day weekend in Halfway, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

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EXPLORE BAKER CITY SORBENOTS COFFEE COMPANY “Because today is that good!”

Ontario – 213 West Idaho Ave.

Baker City – 1270 Campbell St. La Grande – 809 Adams Ave. Pendleton – 402 SE 9th St.

Hermiston – 1379 North 1st St.

1270 CAMPELL ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • (541) 523-1678 • WWW. SORBENOTS.COM

THE SYCAMORE TREE

Established in 1988, The Sycamore Tree is Baker City’s gift giving headquarters. With a great selection of gifts, fashion accessories, home décor and fresh, homemade fudge you are sure to find the perfect gift for that special someone. Just knowing it came from the Sycamore Tree makes it special. And, as always, gift wrapping is complimentary! Find us on Facebook and Instagram! 2108 MAIN ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • (541) 523-4840

BAKER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & VISITORS BUREAU

Welcome to beautiful Baker County! Thanks for visiting our historic county. During your visit, enjoy our world-class outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, and local charm. Stop in and see us for visitor guides, maps, and recommendations. Slow down, look around, and discover what’s special 490 CAMPBELL ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • (541) 523-5855 • VISITBAKER.COM

GLACIER 45 DISTILLERY

GLACIER 45 premium spirits are inspired by Oregon’s active outdoor community and ultra-pristine mountain landscapes. Our distillery located in historic Baker City, Oregon sits at the base of the Elkhorn Mountain range and provides us with amazingly clean and clear water for all of our spirits.

We hope you visit our distillery soon and if you can’t, at least you can enjoy Oregon’s finest in each sip of our handcrafted spirits. 1901 MAIN ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • (541) 519-0081 • GLACIER45.COM

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HAINES STEAK HOUSE

Haines Steak House is known for its famous chuckwagon salad bar, slow cooked, tender and delicious Prime Rib and flame cast iron branded steaks. Lobster, seafood, chicken and so much more. Smoked brisket and ribs deluxe. Located in the city of Haines where there is “whiskey in the water and gold in the streets.” On the highway to spectacular Anthony Lakes Ski Resort and the beautiful Elkhorn Mountain Range. Just a short side trip off I-84 to US 30. At Haines Steak House, you will come away with a great dining experience. Great food and true western atmosphere. Children welcome. 910 FRONT ST, HAINES, 97833 • (541) 856-3639 • HAINESSTEAKHOUSE.COM

BELLA MAIN STREET MARKET

The best little kitchen, wine, chocolate, good food, great beers and fine linens store you never expected to find in the Blue Mountains of beautiful Eastern Oregon. BELLA has the most comprehensive wine selection and the best values you’ll find in the eastern half of Oregon. You’ll love the selection of NW foods and hand crafted products as well as our fabulous card selection! 2023 MAIN ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • 1216 ADAMS AVE, LA GRANDE, 97850 (541) 523-7490 • BIGMERLOT.COM • (541) 663-WINE

GEISER GRAND HOTEL

Your luxury basecamp to explore the wonders of eastern oregon. This charming historic landmark stands proudly on Main Street in Historic Baker City with luxurious guest suites and incredible food. Crystal chandeliers, stained glass ceiling and mahogany columns inspire wonder and romance. Daily from scratch authentic Northwest cuisine delights, with optional room service. Concierge service allows guests to enjoy the region’s treasures; USA Today readers voted the Geiser Grand one of the top ten Ski Hotels in North America. Meeting rooms offer an ideal venue for virtually any special event. 1996 MAIN ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • (541) 523-1889 • GEISERGRAND.COM

ROYAL ARTISAN

The most unique shopping experience! With over 50 local artists and makers on display, we represent the best of Baker County arts and culture. Looking for quality preservation custom framing? We have that too! With products like locally handcrafted wood, Peruvian leather, glitter and acrylic, or Italian mouldings, we can frame anything! Join us evenings for our First Friday artist receptions or sip and shop every third Thursday during the downtown unWined events. 1912 MAIN ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 • (541) 465-4547 • FIND US ON FACEBOOK

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From a bike, car or even a train, journey through the Wallowa Peaks to small towns bustling with art, adventure, and amazing food.

A fun way to enjoy the scenery from Elgin to Minam is to ride through the backcountry on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. Hop aboard this serene ride as the train passes through a spectacular scenic landscape as it follows the Grande Ronde River downstream, then turns up the Wallowa River. Some rides are themed, including the train robberies, with bandits on horses robbing the train. Others are simply intended to enjoy the landscape.

OLD SCHOOL ENTERTAINMENT

A historic theater built in 1911, the Elgin Opera House features live concerts and performances all year round. The beautifully restored, acoustically perfect theater is Elgin’s pride and joy, with exhibits interpreting history, too. The living west is also on display at The Elgin Stampede, with four days of PRCA rodeo action held alongside all kinds of related community events each summer. Eagle Cap Excursion Train

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Guided Rafting and Fly Fishing Trips

Fly Shop on the Banks of the Wallowa River

Grande Ronde River ~ Lower Salmon River~ Snake River In Hells Canyon

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Chief Joseph’s band, the Walwáama, used to call this land home. In the community of Wallowa, visit the renovated Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland Visitor Center, a 1,000-square-foot facility documenting the Walwáama people. Learn the stories of their lives prior to their tragic 1877 flight toward Canada, their imprisonment in Kansas and Oklahoma, their return to the Northwest, and their lives today. Maps and images show the path of their April to October trek from Wallowa County through Yellowstone to capture at Bear Paw Meadow in Montana. Read the names of many Nez Perce on the retreat, including women warriors.

Cakes, pies, coffee, specialty drinks and hearty breakfasts that fuel a day’s worth of adventure can be found here at The Blonde Strawberry in Wallowa. Fill up on provisions before your grand wilderness adventure to come.

THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING

The Eagle Cap Wilderness covers about 534 miles of trails, crowning it the largest wilderness area in the state, by far. These trails lead to four wild and scenic rivers, plus the legendary high lakes of Oregon. Exposed granite peaks and ridges all provide an endless opportunity for any type of outdoor recreation, whether it’s hunting, biking, water skiing, horse riding, hiking, camping, fishing, scenic drives and so much more. The biodiversity of landscape is vast, and all of it is wild and remote. Much of Wallowa County’s land is federally protected, and thus, pristine.

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Pizza, beer, groceries and a casual lunch can be found at the M. Crow & Company General Store. Stop for one last espresso or latte at the Blue Banana before heading into the Lostine Canyon to Two Pan Trailhead, which provides access to Lakes Basin and is en route to any number of backcountry trips into the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. For any avid mountain bikers, we recommend locating the Redmont and Wagon Road Trail Network. Cyclists may choose from several loops, ranging from seven to more than twenty miles long, through heavily forested mountainous terrain. Breaks in the trees along the trail reveal views of the Wallowa and Seven Devils mountain ranges.

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EXPLORE ENTERPRISE

Farmers Market at Wallowa County Courthouse

Enterprise was chosen as a Preserve America Community because of its Bowlby stone buildings and historic features. The crown jewel is the historic courthouse. Complete with grocery stores of both the natural food and chain variety, Grain Growers agricultural supply store and a state-ofthe-art hospital, Enterprise is the hub for getting things done in the county.

VICTORIAN VIBES

The courthouse was built in 1909 and 1910 in a High Victorian style using stones from the local quarry. The building is the seat of government and houses offices, but it is a community gathering place too. Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. during the summer season, blankets and lawn chairs dot the lawn of the courthouse for the Courthouse Concert Series. Bring a picnic and relax with the entire family—this event is fun for all ages. Also in the vicinity is the O.K. Theatre, built in 1919 and now with a new life as a music venue, bringing in big acts and hosting live music and theatre performances.

Terminal Gravity Brewing

CRAFT FLAVOR

Terminal Gravity Brewing is your next brewery stop. Locals and visitors intersect over awardwinning beer at this iconic Oregon craft brewery. Fuel up with a meal at local restaurants Red Rooster Cafe, Heavenly’s or La Laguna. Satisfy your sweet tooth or grab lunch from the offerings at Sugar Time Bakery.

TOUR OF INDUSTRY

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Parks Bronze and TW Bronze, the two major players in the bronzeworking industry, are located in Enterprise. Call for information about visiting both foundries for tours and gallery gazing. Learn about the dozen-step fabrication process and marvel at the magnificent detail that emerges when a cast is turned into a finished sculpture. Statues from both foundries are on display throughout the country and the world.

FROM ANTIQUES TO BOUTIQUES

Start your shopathon at Favorite Finds on Main Antiques. At Red Rose Boutique you will find a variety of apparel, gifts, and more. Shop for botanical beauty products at Wild Carrot Herbals, where items are very place-based and inspired by the beauty and the plant communities of the region. At the Bookloft and Skylight Gallery, the handcarved screen door is a portal to literary bliss and art admiration. This pint-sized bookstore, coffee shop and gallery of local artists’ works is a worthy stop. 88

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EAGLE’S VIEW INN & SUITES

Located atop the hill above Enterprise with a spectacular view of the Wallowa Mountains. Well-appointed rooms, and a pool and spa will welcome you.

1200 HIGHLAND AVE, ENTERPRISE, 97828 • (541) 426-2700 EAGLESVIEWINNANDSUITES.COM

BARKING MAD FARM B&B

If you want to enjoy the best of Wallowa County you’ll love your stay at Barking Mad Farm. The working farm setting couldn’t be more idyllic; grazing buffalo, uninterrupted mountain views, adorable farm animals, and a short drive to Joseph, Wallowa Lake, hiking, local brew pubs, shops, and restaurants. Guest rooms are spacious, well-appointed and afford glorious views. You’re in for a treat each morning with gourmet breakfasts featuring local farm-fresh ingredients served on the wraparound porch with an uninterrupted view of the Wallowa Mountains.

65156 POWERS RD, ENTERPRISE, 97828 • (541) 886-0171 • BARKINGMADFARM.COM

THE BOOKLOFT & SKYLIGHT GALLERY & COFFEE BAR

We carry books for all ages and interests and specialize in Wallowa County history. Our art gallery features a variety of selections from local photographers, potters, glass blowers, fiber artists, jewelers and other unique offerings.

107 E MAIN ST, ENTERPRISE, 97828 • (541) 426-3351 • BOOKLOFTOREGON.COM

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FAVORITE FINDS ON MAIN ANTIQUES

For those who feel the lure of antiques, there is no better place than Favorite Finds on Main in the heart of historic downtown Enterprise. You will find an ever-changing collection of wonderful treasures of traditional quality antiques, interesting country collectibles, vintage quilts, linen, pottery, American antique furniture, jewelry and so much more. 300 WEST MAIN ST, ENTERPRISE, 97828 • (541) 426-3229 FACEBOOK.COM/FAVORITEFINDSONMAIN

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Learn about Nez Perce culture and history in the Wallowa Valley. Explore photos and artifacts, maps, and art at our Visitor Center in downtown Wallowa and enjoy a self-guided walking tour of our beautiful Celebration Grounds. Visitor Center open May 1 through Sept. 30, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at 209 E. 2nd Street, Wallowa. Celebration Grounds open dusk till dawn 24/7, 70956 Whiskey Creek Rd., Wallowa. Join us for the 30th Anniversary of the Tamkaliks Celebration powwow July 22-24, free camping & open to the public. Learn more at www.wallownezperce.org/tamkaliks. 209 E. 2ND ST, WALLOWA, 97885 • (541) 886-3101 • WALLOWANEZPERCE.ORG

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AGRICULTURAL HISTORY

Sunrise Iron, located just off Highway 82, has the largest collection of pioneer relics anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. History buffs will not want to miss out on this treasure trove of historical artifacts. Dozens of antique tractors are just part of the collection here. Farm implements dating back to 1835 are on hand as well. Visit by appointment only; admission is free.

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SWEET DREAMS

RECREATION OF ALL KINDS

At the Joseph Branch Railriders, one-of-a-kind pedalpowered vehicles allow riders to journey the Historic Joseph Branch Railroad between Enterprise and Joseph or Minam and Wallowa. Wildlife roam the course at Alpine Meadows Golf Course, a 9-hole public course offering a challenge with views of the Wallowas. You can also rent a clear-bottom kayak from JO Paddle to paddle around Wallowa Lake. 90

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The Wallowa Valley has a habit of showing off its barns, and even published two books in the early 2000s about these structures. The excursion has been revived, with a brochure detailing thirty-plus barns and historic sites on a self-guided tour. The Wallowa Barn Tour includes a bike route and an early pioneer account of the county’s north end settlements, Flora and Troy. However you approach the tour, it’s guaranteed to be rugged, nostalgic and full of beautiful views. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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Grazing buffalo, uninterrupted mountain views, adorable farm animals, a gourmet breakfast and a wraparound porch with an uninterrupted view of the Wallowa Mountains await you at Barking Mad Farm Bed and Breakfast, an idyllic farm stay. An easy option for an overnight stay is the Eagle’s View Inn & Suites, which boasts views of the nearby Wallowa Mountains. Well-appointed rooms and a pool and spa will welcome you. Just north of Joseph on two acres of farmland is The Depot, a unique ranch-style stay with lodging options ranging from a vintage train caboose, camper trailer or yurt. Enjoy a morning brew from the onsite coffee shop with a view of the mountains.


MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL & RV PARK

Nestled at the foot of the breathtaking Wallowa Mountains, the Mountain View Motel & RV Park is ranked among the best places to stay near Joseph, Oregon. AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping Award Rated #1 of 4 Joseph Hotels by Trip Advisor since 2017 •

https://www.mtviewmotel-rvpark.com 83450 JOSEPH HWY, JOSEPH, OR 97846 BOOK DIRECT AT 541-432-2982


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A HISTORY CAST IN BRONZE

One of the nation’s leading sculpture communities has evolved here. Joseph is named Oregon’s first designated Art & Culture town. The beginning of this venture was quite an accident. Glen Anderson, a retired businessman, got a great deal on an empty building. A few local sculptors suggested that a bronze foundry would be to their great convenience. Persuaded by the possibilities, Valley Bronze of Oregon was born, initiating a worldclass collective for artistic bronze casting. Valley Bronze of Oregon casts works of art for both national and international artists. Their namesake gallery accompanies several other top-notch galleries in town, including Aspen Grove, the Josephy Center, Kelly’s Gallery & Barn Boutique, Missy’s Uptown Art, and Phinney Gallery of Fine Art. Within a short walking distance art lovers will enjoy a wide range of art, including bronze sculpture, original oils, watercolors, pastels, and fine art photography. Along Main Street you will also find a variety of fine gift and clothing shops, lodging, a great hardware store, and restaurants. Ch i

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MAXVILLE HERITAGE INTERPRETIVE CENTER

The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center is dedicated to gathering, preserving, and sharing the rich history of African American, Indigenous, and immigrant loggers in the Pacific Northwest. Learn through inclusive stories of multicultural logging communities to better connect the experiences of immigrants and migrants to this larger American narrative. Adjusted hours of operation in 2022: Thursday - Sunday 10 to 4pm By appointment, please call OR email info@maxvilleheritage.org 103 N MAIN ST, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 426 -3545 • MAXVILLEHERITAGE.ORG

KOKANEE INN & BIKE RENTAL

Kokanee Inn offers an eclectic and modern take on the bed and breakfast. We offer the modern amenities without sacrificing charm of the rustic mountain retreat. Walking distance to shops and restaurants and just one mile from Wallowa Lake, guests have easy access to all our region has to offer. Bike rental onsite. Complimentary guest amenities include: • • • • •

Full breakfast Use of Cruiser and Mountain bikes Maps and Hiking Guides Bicycle maintenance and storage area Air conditioning

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• Trail transport • Seasonal happy hour

700 SOUTH MAIN ST, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 432-9765 • KOKANEEINN.COM

LITTLE RANCH B&B

Come relax and experience all that Wallowa County has to offer. Located on 5 acres just out of town, your accommodations, the Bunkhouse offers fantastic views of the Wallowa Mountains. 5 minutes from Joseph and 10 minutes from Wallowa Lake. Enjoy a relaxing Continental Breakfast before heading out for the day. The Eagle Cap Wilderness with miles of trails await you. Call today to book your stay. 62483 LITTLE RANCH ROAD, JOSEPH, 97846 • (808) 937-5068 • LITTLERANCHBNB.COM

THE OUTLAW RESTAURANT

BRATWURST, BEER AND A ROUSING GOOD TIME!

Visit spectacular Wallowa County in late September for Oregon’s Alpenfest, a familyfriendly Swiss-Bavarian festival. Enjoy live polka music and dancing, an Alpine folk dance troupe, virtuoso accordionists, Swiss yodeling, alphorn music, local craft beers and bratwurst plus art, craft and gift shopping at our free Alpine Fair. Mark your calendar and make lodging reservations for September 29 through October 2. CHIEF JOSEPH DAYS RODEO GROUNDS, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 426-2577 OREGONALPENFEST.COM

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The Outlaw is a family-friendly restaurant located on Main Street, providing a warm and friendly atmosphere for families and friends to enjoy quality food and drinks. The Outlaw offers comfort food such as burgers, fajitas, and chicken fried steaks. We are well known for our salads; served with a large selection of dressing. Enjoy a frosty beer as well as our popular Long Island iced teas served cowboy style in a frozen boot mug in the saloon or the dining room. There is also a wonderful outdoor patio with a beautiful view of the mountains. 108 N. MAIN, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 432-4321 • THEOUTLAWRESTAURANT.COM

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Come hungry—both new and iconic culinary options abound in Joseph. The Dog Spot features a globe-trotting rotating menu. Feel free to have your furry companion join you at an outside table. The Blythe Cricket is a bistro featuring omelets, breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Visit long-time local favorite, the Cheyenne Cafe, for an old-fashioned breakfast or lunch. Naturally leavened, wood-fired pizza can be found at The Gold Room. Embers Brewhouse offers 17 rotating micro-brews on tap along with pizza and wings. Your meal at Embers can be enjoyed outside with a view of the mountains and occasional live music in the summer. Chocolatiers work magic with their craft and create incredible treats at Arrowhead Chocolates, where the air smells of Stumptown coffee and sweets. Stein Distillery opened its doors in 2009, pioneering handcrafted micro-distilled spirits in Eastern Oregon. Every step is done by hand, from grain growth to harvest to fermenting, distilling, filtering and bottling. Visit their tasting room on Main Street in Joseph to try awardwinning rum, vodka, cordials, whiskey and bourbon. Cocktails The Blythe Cricket

and flights are on hand, as well, from the spirited rhubarb lemonade to the whiskey mule. The Outlaw Restaurant and Saloon is done up in Western decor, with outdoor seating to enjoy the views of the Wallowa Mountains.

RODEO TIME

Chief Joseph Days is one of the largest community rodeos in the Northwest. Founded in 1946, the rodeo keeps growing every year. The event more than doubles the population of Wallowa County for the week. The festivities include a Nez Perce encampment and Pow Wow, parades for children and adults, dances, a golf tournament and a cowboy church service. Six days of Western entertainment are kicked off each year by a bucking horse stampede, which runs right down Main Street in Joseph. The Cowboy Breakfast, a fundraiser at the rodeo grounds which starts on Saturday night at 11 p.m. after the dances and continues through the night, is a must-stop for any rodeogoer. Pancakes and bacon in the wee hours will carry you on through Sunday’s festivities.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Mountain High Broncs & Bulls June 18

Woodlands & Watersheds Festival | June 24

mountainhighrodeo.com

wallowaresources.org

4th of July Fireworks at Wallowa Lake | July 4

Wallowa County Fly-In

wallowacountychamber.com

neoafoundation.org

Summer Fishtrap

Tamkaliks Celebration

July 11-17

July 22-24

fishtrap.org

wallowanezperce.org

Chief Joseph Days

Back Country Bash

July 26-31

August 5-6

chiefjosephdays.com

backcountrybashjoseph.com

Wallowa County Fair

Main Street Show & Shine

August 5-13

August 19-20

co.wallowa.or.us

mainstreetshowandshine.com

Wallowa Mountain Cruise

Juniper Jam

August 26-27

September 3

wallowamountaincruise.com

juniperjam.com

Hells Canyon Mule Days September 9-11

Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts | September 16-17

hellscanyonmuledays.com

josephy.org

July 8-9

Oregon’s Alpenfest

Eagle Cap Extreme

September 29-October 2

January 18-22

oregonalpenfest.com

eaglecapextreme.com

For more information & to plan your trip, visit wallowacountychamber.com


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WONDEROUS WALLOWA LAKE

Wallowa Lake is just a mile south of Joseph. This beautiful body of water is known for its rich history as a sacred homeland for the region’s Indigenous cultures. Carved by glaciers, the glassy, five-mile-long sliver of water is cradled by steep, grassy moraines. In the mountains beyond, jagged peaks—largely made of basalt and granite—rise out of forest as the largest concentration of 9,000-foot peaks in the state. Stop by the historic Wallowa Lake Lodge at the south end of the lake. Built in 1922, the lodge is a nostalgiainducing building located at the head of the lake on eight forested acres adjacent to Wallowa Lake State Park. Local investors worked with the Nez Perce Tribe, which now holds a conservation easement, to leave the site as visitors have enjoyed it for decades. The large, rustic lodge, fine dining restaurant and cabins are located within walking distance to attractions in the family-friendly village, which offers lodging, eateries, gift shops, dining, a horseback outfitter, kayak tours, SUP rentals and go-carts. At the Wallowa Lake Marina, enjoy your time on the water by renting a boat, kayak, paddleboard or canoe. Eagle Cap Chalets are another terrific lodging option, with more family-friendly amenities to enjoy, from mini-golf to mountain berry milkshakes. Stay in your very own cabin home right on the water— book a rental with Wallowa Lake Resort or Trouthaven, also on the shores of the lake. At Mt. Pines Adventure Golf in the Matterhorn Village, enjoy a premier 18-hole miniature golf course among the pine trees. Don’t forget to dine at Vali’s Alpine Restaurant, a secondgeneration restaurant serving Hungarian cuisine and on summer weekend mornings, homemade pastries. Ascend, gondola style, on the Wallowa Lake Tramway—the steepest gondola in the country (cabin cars glide nearly 4,000 vertical feet up the flank of Mt. Howard). Explore two-and-a-half miles of easy trails from the 8,150-foot summit, where you can see all the way to Idaho’s Seven Devils on a clear day. Take a breather at Summit Grill, which offers table service dining with drop dead views. The Bavarian influence culminates at the lake annually in September with Oregon’s Alpenfest.

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EXPLORE WALLOWA LAKE BUSINESS NAME

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WALLOWA LAKE LODGE EAGLE CAP CHALETS

Located halfway between Wallowa Lake and the hiking trailhead, you can be at the center of all the summer fun at Wallowa Lake! The tramway, go carts, pack station and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Enjoy one of our famous mountain berry shakes at the snack shack or a smoothie or latte in the coffee shop. Browse the local handcrafted items in our gift shop. Relax by the pool and hot tub. Take a swing at our historic and challenging mini-golf course. We have been extensively remodeling all our units. This summer we are pleased to present our newly remodeled chalet (motel) rooms! All our units have air conditioning. All our condos and most of our cabins have full kitchens and fireplaces. Some of our units are pet friendly. Give us a call to find out what is available for you! 59879 WALLOWA LAKE HWY, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 432-4704 • EAGLECAPCHALETS.COM

Built in 1922, the historic Wallowa Lake Lodge is warm, cozy and artfully restored, and it is the only lodging option in the Wallowa Lake community with a lakefront setting on glacial Wallowa Lake. The lodge is a peaceful retreat in Oregon’s spectacular Wallowa Mountains. It’s like one of the great national park lodges, but without the crowds. Stay in one of the lodge’s 22 rooms—some with balconies and all with private baths—or in one of eight rustic cabins. Hike, mountain bike, boat, fish or swim without ever getting into your car.

Enjoy a creative breakfast or dinner menu in the Camas Dining Room, or dine in the open air on the expansive deck. Equipped for meetings, group events, weddings, and receptions, the Wallowa Lake Lodge’s surrounding natural beauty and park-like grounds provide a setting you won’t forget. 60060 WALLOWA LAKE HWY, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 432-9821 WALLOWALAKELODGE.COM

WALLOWA LAKE & FLYING ARROW RESORTS

Locally owned and operated business. Located in the center of all the resort area fun. A variety of cabin styles along the Wallowa River, Wallowa Lake, and surrounded by the beautiful Wallowa Mountains. All cabins are within walking distance to Wallowa Lake, tram, marina rentals, miniature golf, go karts, horseback riding, restaurants, shops, and miles of hiking trails. Follow us on Instagram & Facebook at wallowalakeresorts. 84681 PONDEROSA LN, JOSEPH, 97846 • (541) 432-2391 • WALLOWALAKERESORT.COM

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WALLOWA LAKE TRAMWAY

The Summit Grill Diner offers guest table service dining overlooking the beautiful Wallowa Lake and the majestic peaks of the Wallowa Mountains. This European alpine setting, in one of Travel Oregon’s designated 7 Wonders, is a spectacular environment in which to enjoy a leisurely lunch, snack, or a favorite beverage. Open daily, Memorial weekend – Sept. 30. SOUTH END OF WALLOWA LAKE, JOSEPH, OR 97846 • (541) 432-5331 WALLOWALAKETRAMWAY.COM

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View of Wallowa Lake from East Moraine Trail

ADVENTURE ABOUNDS

Adventurers can find everything they need at the Wallowa Lake Pack Station. The station offers horseback rides in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, gear drop services for backpackers, deluxe pack and wilderness trip options. Winding Waters River Expeditions delivers white water rafting and fly fishing trips on the Snake River through Hells Canyon and Grande Ronde. Hikers have three options to dive into the wilderness of the Wallowa Lake Area: the Chief Joseph Trail, the Aneroid (East Fork) Trail and the West Fork Trail. Three other popular trails, Chief Joseph, BC Falls and Ice Lake branch are from the West Fork Trail. Each offer opportunities to day hike, trail run, horseback ride, or backpack to one’s own ability. Easily reached vistas, wildflowers, and stunning mountain views are available for the casual hiker on these trails. Located on the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce Tribe, Iwetemlaykin (translating to “at the edge of the lake”) State Heritage Site,offers trails and spectacular views of the Wallowas and a peaceful respite for hikers. North of the lake, visit the burial site of Old Chief Joseph, father of the leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Tribe.

HISTORY & HERITAGE

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Head back to Joseph to round out the trip with three cultural institutions. The Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the logging community of Maxville. At the Wallowa County Museum, view items of historical significance from Wallowa County’s past. At Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center, participants are invited to discover Eastern Oregon’s lands and waters through exhibits, workshops and presentations by scientists, artists and others.

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SEE WHAT’S POSSIBLE THE EASTERN EDGE eou.edu

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EXPLORE LA GRANDE COOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Located in the heart of the La Grande Commercial Historic District, Cook Memorial Library creates an engaged community where curiosity is cultivated, and literacy flourishes. What began as a simple reading room in 1912 has grown to include a vast catalog of traditional materials along with the latest digital media, research & educational tools, and community programs. Residents & visitors alike will find services that include public-use computers, free WiFi, in-library & remote printing, programs for all ages, a Little Free Library, an Oregon Regional Food Bank Pantry, and much more. 2006 FOURTH ST, LA GRANDE, 97850 • (541) 962-1339 • COOKMEMORIALLIBRARY.ORG

BELLA MERCANTILE

The best little kitchen, wine, chocolate, good food, great beers and fine linens store you never expected to find in the Blue Mountains of beautiful Eastern Oregon. BELLA has the most comprehensive wine selection and the best values you’ll find in the eastern half of Oregon. You’ll love the selection of NW foods and hand crafted products as well as our fabulous card selection! 1216 ADAMS AVE, LA GRANDE, 97850 • 2023 MAIN ST, BAKER CITY, 97814 (541) 663-WINE • BIGMERLOT.COM • (541) 523-7490

UNION COUNTY MUSEUM Open Mother’s Day - September

Experience life in the rugged West! Meet the people who explored, logged, chased bandits, drove cattle, plowed soil, dug for gold, sold calico and made this place home. Featuring Cowboys Then & Now, the Livery Station, Pioneer Cabin, the General Store and so much more. See the website for special events. Test your knowledge of the cowboy code of conduct!

333 S MAIN ST, UNION, 97883 • (541) 562-6003 • UCMUSEUMOREGON.COM

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE PROGRAM

Visit our rental shop on the campus of EOU for all your summer outdoor outing and equipment needs. We rent rafts, paddleboards, mountain bikes, camping gear, kayaks, snowshoes, backpacks, and more. Best rental prices in Eastern Oregon! The rental shop is open all summer long during the week, from 12-5pm, except Wednesdays. Our climbing wall is also open during the summer by reservation. We host birthday parties, church groups, scouts, and private events. For Fall 2022, we are excited to announce the opening of a brand new 70,000 cubic foot climbing center with 35’ wall and bouldering cave. 1 UNIVERSITY BLVD., LA GRANDE, 97850 • (541) 962-3621 • EOU.EDU/OUTDOOR

SIDE A BREWING

Located in the historic building of the old La Grande Firehouse, Side A Brewing is a small town brewery specializing in high quality small batch craft brews. Side A sits just along the I-84 corridor, surrounded on all sides by great breweries and sits right in the heart of Eastern Oregon. 1219 WASHINGTON AVE, LA GRANDE, 97850 • (541) 605-0163 • SIDEABEER.COM

THE CITY OF UNION

Beautiful Historic Union OR Home of Buffalo Peak Golf Course, the Cowboy’s Now and Then Museum, the Historic Union Hotel and just minutes away from the Great Outdoors! Hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, hunting, great food and great people!! Get away and enjoy beauty beyond compare in NE Oregon. Celebrate America’s birthday with us on July 4th! WHERE ADVENTURE BEGINS! (541) 786-1492 • UNIONCHAMBER@EONI.COM

MOUNT EMILY RECREATION AREA

Just two miles north of downtown La Grande you will find the 3,670 acre Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA).

MEET ME AT THE PEAK

The Way Golf Was Meant to Be. Golfers who have discovered Northeast Oregon’s challenging 18-hole, inland links-style course at Union are raving about the course and the spectacular vistas of three mountain ranges and the majestic Grande Ronde Valley. 2021 Oregon Golf Association Facility of the year! Visit our website and Facebook page for specials and events. 1224 E FULTON ST, UNION, 97883 • (541) 562-5527 • BUFFALOPEAKGOLF.COM

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Open year round • Elevation ranges from 2900 to 5600 feet • Views of the Grande Ronde Valley and surrounding mountains • Camping at Fox Hill • World class archery range • Abundance of birds and wildlife

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RESOURCES EVENTS SNAPSHOT Spring Wine Release Weekend Milton Freewater, May 6-8 Ladd Marsh Bird Festival La Grande, May 13-14 Spray Rodeo & Eastern Oregon Half Marathon Spray, May 27-29

Pendleton Whiskey Fest Pendleton, July 9 Tamkaliks Celebration Wallowa, July 22-24 Chief Joseph Days Joseph, July 26-31 Prairie City Fiber Fest Prairie City, July 30-31

JUNE 2022

AUGUST 2022

Sherman County Harvest Fest Moro, June 18

Farm City Pro Rodeo Hermiston, August 10-13

America’s Global Village Festival Ontario, June 4

County Fair Season See VisitEasternOregon.com/events

Skull 120 Gravel Grind Race Burns, June 18

Oregon Trail Pro Rodeo Heppner, August 19-21

Umatilla Landing Days Umatilla, June 24–25

SEPTEMBER 2022

Cycle Oregon Classic John Day, September 10-17

JULY 2022

Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Pendleton, September 10-17

Wildhorse Pow Wow Pendleton, July 1-3

Tator Tot Festival Ontario, September 16-17

Haines Stampede Haines, July 3-4 4th of July in Eastern Oregon See VisitEasternOregon.com/events

Blue Mountain Scenic Bikeway Heppner, September 17-18

OCTOBER 2022

Oktoberfest in Eastern Oregon See VisitEasternOregon.com/events Morrow County Harvest Festival Boardman, October 1 Eastern Oregon Film Festival La Grande, October 20-22

DECEMBER 2022

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop La Grande, December 31

JANUARY 2023

Eagle Cap Extreme Dog Sled Race Joseph, January 18-21

MARCH 2023

Wee Bit O’Ireland Heppner, March 17-19 Taste of Nordic Anthony Lakes, March 26

APRIL 2023

Harney County Migratory Bird Festival Burns

For a complete list of events in Eastern Oregon, visiteasternoregon.com/events.

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August 10-13 2022 farmcityprorodeo.com

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RESOURCES Hurricane Creek Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness

“HOW TO” EASTERN OREGON Swift currents, undertows, and whirlpools are common in our waterways. Wear life vests and supervise children.

RATTLESNAKE COUNTRY

This is rattlesnake country—be careful. Avoid basalt rock slides, tall grass and heavy underbrush where snakes may shelter out of the heat. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Rattlesnakes can swim, so be careful about grabbing what looks like a stick or branch in the John Day River.

UNPLUG AND BRING A MAP

While most of our communities do have cell phone service, you may not get coverage throughout the area. Do not rely on your GPS or phone map for accurate directions. Know where you’re going, and bring along a paper map.

FUEL UP

Given long distances between gas stations and unpredictable station hours, make sure you calculate your fuel needs wisely.

PACK PROVISIONS

There are a limited number of restaurants in some of Oregon’s beautiful, remote places. Make sure you have picnic supplies, snacks, water and anything else that will help you stay happy if you can’t find a meal.

CARRY SOME CASH

While most services in Oregon take credit cards, there are places in rural areas that only take cash.

PREPARE FOR WEATHER

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water or whatever you can to help beat the heat. During winter, drive with caution on roads. Weather can change in a minute, so check TripCheck.com before heading out. Carry chains and know how to use them. Travel with extra layers, a full tank of gas, printed maps, snacks, and supplies in case of emergency. On adventures, know your limits in the winter outdoors.

DON’T TRESPASS

Many public buildings and private properties are not able to accommodate visitors. Watch for signs and don’t trespass. Tribes welcome visitors but many locations and events are not open to the public. Avoid burial grounds, sacred ceremonies and spiritual gatherings. Do not pick up or remove artifacts. Don’t bring weapons, drugs or alcohol to Tribal lands. Always ask permission before taking photos of people or events.

SLOW DOWN

It’s not uncommon to come upon a cattle drive when traveling rural roads. Go slow and patiently wait to get directions from the cowboys herding the cows. Don’t honk.

WILDFIRE PREVENTION

July through October is peak wildfire season in Oregon, so please be vigilant about extinguishing and disposing of cigarettes. Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, including campfire bans. Avoid parking or driving on dry grass, as your vehicle can spark a wildfire. To help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes, be responsible and report wildfires immediately by dialing 911.

TAKE CARE OUT THERE

Exploring the expanses of Eastern Oregon is a grand adventure, but it’s even more rewarding when you’re well prepared. Keep yourself safe and the landscape unharmed with these tips from the folks of Travel Oregon and takecareoutthere.org. EASTERN OREGON VISITOR GUIDE

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Driving through the expanses of Eastern Oregon can be one of the easiest ways to get around. Car rentals are available at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, as well as in cities like La Grande, Hermiston, Island City, Baker City, Enterprise and Joseph. For up-to-date information, including road conditions, closures and weather throughout Oregon, see tripcheck.com. Gas up before you head out.

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For travel information and current road conditions throughout Oregon, see tripcheck.com

EASTERN OREGON WEATHER In general, Eastern Oregon is cold and dry in the winter and hot and dry in the summer. Temperatures can drop quickly in the mountains year-round, and even hot summer desert nights are cooler than you might expect. On the other hand, those wide-open skies mean lots of sun exposure. Always pack layers of clothing, warm jackets, sun hats and sunscreen, and plenty of water and food when you head out into Eastern Oregon.

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RESOURCES VISITOR AND INFORMATION CENTERS Local experts make excellent resources. Contact one of these information hubs in advance to plan your next trip, or stop in while you’re on the road. Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce 541-626-3426

visitarlingtonoregon.com Baker County Tourism 800-523-1235

Oregon Frontier Chamber of Commerce

311 S Main St, Condon 541-384-7777

oregonfrontierchamber.com

travelbakercounty.com

Eastern Oregon Visitors Association

Oregon Welcome Center and Boardman Chamber of Commerce

visiteasternoregon.com follow us on facebook & instagram @easternoregon

101 Olson Rd, Boardman 541-481-3014

visitsage.com boardmanchamber.org City of Condon

128 S Main St, Condon 541-384-2711

cityofcondon.com

City of Fossil – Oregon Paleo Lands Institute 333 W Fourth St, Fossil 541-763-4480

800-332-1843

Grant County Chamber of Commerce

301 W Main St, John Day 800-769-5664

gcoregonlive.com

Gilliam County Tourism

Huntington Chamber

Sherman County

John Day River Territory

co.sherman.or.us

500 Court St, Moro 541-565-3416

541-869-2529 541-763-2191

info@johndayriverterritory.com johndayriverterritory.com

Travel Pendleton & Pendleton Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Chamber of Commerce/ Chief Joseph Days

travelpendleton.com

501 S Main St, Pendleton 541-276-7411

541-432-1015

chiefjosephdays.com

Umatilla Chamber of Commerce

Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce

umatilla-city.org

100 Cline Ave, Umatilla 541-922-4825

157 S Columbia St, MiltonFreewater 541-938-5563

Umatilla County Tourism 541-276-7111

umatillacounty.net

mfchamber.com

541-384-3767

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Union County Chamber

Harney County Chamber of Commerce

ontariochamber.com

unioncountychamber.org

co.gilliam.or.us

207 Depot St, La Grande 541-963-8588

251 SW Ninth St, Ontario 541-889-8012

484 N Broadway, Burns 541-573-2636

Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept. 800-551-6949

Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce

20 S Bonanza St, Echo 541-376-8411

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway

Oregon Tourism Information traveloregon.com

wallowacountychamber.com

City of Mitchell mitchelloregon.us

Heppner Chamber of Commerce

paleolands.org City of Echo

echo-oregon.com

City of Rufus

304 W Second St, Suite 100, Rufus 541-739-2321

800-523-1235

hellscanyonbyway.com 541-676-5536

heppnerchamber.com Hermiston Chamber of Commerce 541-567-6151

hermistonchamber.com

oregonstateparks.org

309 S River St, Suite B, Enterprise 541-426-4622

800-977-6368

Wallowa Mountains Visitor Center

Port of Arlington

fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman

Road Conditions: 511 tripcheck.com

100 Port Island Rd, Arlington 541-454-2868

201 E Second St, Joseph 541-763-4328

portofarlington.com

PHOTO BAKER COUNTY TOURISM

cityofrufus.com

harneycounty.com

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Clay in Motion is a family owned and operated pottery studio. We create over 60 items in 9 patterns including The Original Handwarmer Mug (left or right handed). All of our pottery is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.

When you browse through our gift shop sipping coffee from Espresso in Motion, you will discover beautiful hand blown glass, jewelry, wall art, raku lamps, designer scarves, leather bags, garden art and so much more!

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