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                     CENTRAL OREGON
                         HEN IT COMES to four-season fun,
                 W       Central Oregon is unsurpassed. The
                 region has been ranked as one of the top-50 best
                 golf destinations in the world by Golf Digest. Fly-
                 fishing on the Deschutes, Metolius, or Crooked
                 rivers can take an angler from relaxed to thrilled
                 in a matter of moments. Gliding in a canoe over
                 the clear blue waters of a Cascade lake sets a new
                 standard for communing with nature. Mt.
                 Bachelor is one of the finest winter recreation
                 areas in North America with a ski season that
                 lasts from mid-November through May.
                 WHEELER COUNTY
                      Wheeler County, including the communi-
                 ties of Fossil, Spray, and Mitchell, is famous for
                 fossil digging. Two units of the John Day
                 Fossil Beds National Monument, Clarno and
                 Painted Hills, are located just off Hwys 218 and
                 26. History buffs interested in more recent
                 artifacts can visit the ghost town of Richmond,

                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Alicia Spooner
                 located on Hwy 207 north of Mitchell.
                      The John Day River snakes its way
                 through the area, providing world-class bass-
                 fishing and unforgettable rafting trips.
                      Bear Hollow and Shelton Wayside
                 parks, located just south of Fossil on Hwy 19,        The high desert of Central Oregon is softened by many lakes.
                 are great areas to camp or spot wildlife. Bear
                 Hollow is open year round, Shelton Wayside
                                                                       WARM SPRINGS                                           whitewater rafting, and fly-fishing.
                 from April to early November. (541-763-2010)
                                                                            The community is located on Hwy 26 in the              Rock hounds find the Ashwood area
                      The Wheeler County Courthouse,
                                                                       Warm Springs Indian Reservation.It is the home         northwest of Madras to be an excellent
                 located in Fossil, was built in 1901 and is an
                                                                       of the Warm Springs,Wasco,and Paiute tribes.           location to hunt for agates, thunder eggs
                 interesting architectural building.
                                                                            Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort &                   (geodes) and petrified wood.Watch for the Old
                 MAUPIN                                                Casino,off Hwy 26,is on the reservation.               Hwy 97 exit from Hwy 97.
                      The lucky residents of this small town           Amenities and activities include a restaurant,              Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management
                 enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine a            casino,European spa,an 18-hole golf course,            Area is an oasis surrounded by arid high
                 year and easy access to the Deschutes River.          kayaking,tennis,hiking,sand volleyball,and the         desert. Ponds and springs create a wetland
                 Maupin is a fantastic area to enjoy star-gazing,      naturally heated hot springs.One of the hot            among the juniper and sagebrush. Observation
                 hunting, and camping.                                 springs pools is open to the public for a small fee.   decks can be accessed from a 1-1/2-mile trail.
                      Water activities come in two main                (800-554-4SUN; www.kah-nee-taresort.com)               The area is adjacent to Hwy 26, 10 miles south
                 forms—fishing and rafting—on the                           Museum at Warm Springs has one of the             of Madras. (541-416-6500)
                 Deschutes River.Whitewater cowboys from               largest artifact collections of any American                Cove Palisades State Park is a watersport
                 around the world enjoy riding the waves as            Indian museum. The nationally acclaimed                paradise. The park sits below towering cliffs
                 they are bucked over one heart-pounding               facility has trails, a picnic area, and an             that surround Lake Billy Chinook, a reservoir
                 rapid after another.Anglers appreciate the            amphitheater for demonstrations and per-               in a canyon at the confluence of the Metolius,
                 Deschutes, known for world-class trout and            formances. The museum’s newest permanent               Deschutes, and Crooked rivers.Amenities at
                 steelhead fishing.                                    exhibit,“They Still Speak to Us,” has inspiring        the year-round park include a store, camp-
                      White River Falls State Park, almost a           images of pictographs and petroglyphs in the           ground, restaurant, marina, and boat rental.
                 secret hideaway, is north of Maupin on Hwy            region. (541-553-3331;                                      Crooked River National Grassland,
                 216. The park opens early each spring and             www.warmsprings.biz/museum)                            along Hwy 97 in the Ochoco National Forest,
                 closes in the fall, and is a popular spot for pic-    MADRAS                                                 encompasses more than 100,000 acres and is a
                 nicking, hiking, and fishing.A quarter-mile                Madras, seat of government for Jefferson          prime spot for viewing wildlife, as well as a bit
                 trail takes hikers into a canyon to a historic        County, enjoys views of the towering peaks of          of history. Remnants of shelters and tools used
                 hydroelectric power plant at the base of a 90-        Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Area. The town is             by early homesteaders remain from their brief
                 foot waterfall.                                       popular with those who love rock hunting,              stay in the grasslands. (541-475-9272)

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     Fly-fishing on the Metolius River is a
challenge for even the most skilled fishers,
who are drawn to the wild and scenic terrain
for abundant trout and salmon.
     Nestled in the rim rocks and steeped in
Central Oregon history, Prineville is a small
town that is expanding its frontiers but has a
put-your-boots-up pace.
     Daytripping in the Prineville area leads
visitors to walking tours through the oldest
town in central Oregon, fishing the Crooked
River, boating on the Prineville or Ochoco
reservoirs, hiking and biking through the           REDMOND
Ochoco Mountains, birding for hundreds of                Redmond is the perfect place to enjoy
species, and exploration of wildflowers and         hiking, fishing, river-rafting, rodeos, and
wild horses on the Butterfly Byway.                 concerts and it has the region’s only commer-
     Known as the Rock Hound Capital,this           cial airport as well as the new, world-class
high desert and forest area of Central Oregon has   fairgrounds and exposition center.
a variety of semi-precious gemstones.Daytrip             Smith Rock State Park is very popular with
information and Central Oregon Rock Hound           rock climbers with its rows of steep pinnacles
Maps are available at the Prineville Chamber.       and several thousand climbs,nearly one-third
     A.R. Bowman Memorial Museum was                bolted routes.Miles of hiking and mountain
once a bank, and now houses the history of          biking trails wind through the canyon,allowing
Crook County. Built in 1910, it was constructed     glimpses of prairie falcons,golden eagles,river
of stone blocks cut from a local quarry. (541-      otters,beavers,and mule deer.
447-3715; www.bowmanmuseum.org)

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                                                                                                                                              and teaching facilities with PGA staff. (541-
                                                                                                                                              549-GOLF; www.aspenlakes.com)
                                                                                                                                                   McKenzie Pass/Santiam Pass Scenic
                                                                                                                                              Byway is an 82-mile loop driving tour, which
                                                                                                                                              begins in Sisters at Hwy 242, doubling back on
                                                                                                                                              Hwy 126. Crossing over Cascade Mountain
                                                                                                                                              passes, the road travels by jagged lava flows,
                                                                                                                                              along pristine rivers, and through stands of
                                                                                                                                              old-growth trees in two national forests. The
                                                                                                                                              Three Sisters and Broken Top mountains serve
                                                                                                                                              as a backdrop along the route, which can be
                                                                                                                                              driven in 3 to 5 hours.
                                                                                                                                                   Dee Wright Observatory, a stone
                                                                                                                                              memorial to CCC foreman Dee Wright who

                                                                                                                     Photo by Steve Beckner
                                                                                                                                              oversaw its construction, sits atop McKenzie
                                                                                                                                              Pass and highlights incredible vistas of the area.
                                                                                                                                              Nearby, the half-mile Lava River Interpretive
                                                                                                                                              Trail takes hikers through ancient lava flows.
                                                                                                                                                   Bend is both the commercial and recre-
                                                                         Top: Lava Butte is a 500-foot                                        ational hub of Central Oregon. Located on the
                                                                         high cinder cone located south of                                    east side of the Cascade Range, it has two
                                                                         Bend off Hwy 97.                                                     advantages over its neighbors to the west: less
                                                                         Left: Each year on the second                                        rain and more sun. Bend’s views are dominat-
                                                                         Saturday in July—July 8, 2006—                                       ed by mountain peaks and towering pine
                                                                         Sisters hosts the Outdoor Quilt                                      forests. Hiking, biking, and camping opportu-
                                                                         Show. Nearly 1000 quilts are dis-                                    nities abound, as well as stunning views of the
                                                                         played, hanging from balconies                                       Three Sisters.
                                                                         and storefronts, on fences, and                                           Tumalo State Park, 5 miles northwest of
                                                                         even on the backs of wagons.                                         Bend on Hwy 20, offers easy, year-round access
                                                                                                                                              to camping, fishing, hiking, and mountain
                                                                                                                                              biking along the exciting Deschutes River.
                                                                                                                                                   High Desert Museum is internationally
                                                                                                                                              acclaimed for making the landscape come
                                                                                                                                              alive through presentations about the region’s
                                                                                                                                              cultures, science, art, and history. The facility
                 Photos Courtesy Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show                                                                                   comprises indoor and outdoor exhibits,
                                                                                                                                              animal habitats, and nature trails. (541-382-
                 Below: A porcupine at High Desert                                                                                            4754; www.highdesertmuseum.org)
                 Museum takes a break from entertain-                                                                                         LA PINE
                 ing people to snack on a piece of                                                                                                  This rural community 30 miles south of
                 cantaloupe.                                                                                                                  Bend on Hwy 97 is a great base for exploring
                                                                                                                                              Central Oregon and enjoying all forms of
                                                              SISTERS                                                                         outdoor adventure, such as fishing, kayaking,
                                                                   Three Sisters Mountains provide the                                        jet skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing,
                                                              backdrop for this Old West-style community                                      snowmobiling, and hunting.
                                                              that enjoys unmatched vistas and lots of                                              Newberry National Volcanic Monument
                                                              sunshine.Visitors appreciate unique shopping,                                   is a few miles north of La Pine off Hwy 97
                                                              art galleries and art strolls, wine tasting, as well                            within the Deschutes National Forest. The
                                                              as such annual events as the Outdoor Quilt                                      monument has many amazing geologic
                                                              Show, Sisters Rodeo,Antique and Summer                                          features, including two lakes, 8000-foot
                                                              Fairs,Western and Native American Arts                                          Paulina Peak, Lava Cast Forest, Lava River
                                                              Festival, and Sisters Harvest Festival.                                         Cave, and Newberry Crater among others.
                                                                   Aspen Lakes Golf Course is 2-1/2 miles                                     Campgrounds are plentiful within the volcanic
                                                              east of Sisters on Hwy 126. It is an 18-hole                                    caldera, and several RV sites border both lakes.
                                                              course with immaculate bent grass fairways                                      The visitor center is open May through
                                                              and red sand bunkers, a clubhouse, pro shop,                                    September. (541-383-5300)
                 Photo by Jason F Jensen

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       ! CROSSINGS STEAKHOUSE                               541-389-8810
       Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Central Oregon’s #1 Steakhouse.

       @ HIGH DESERT MUSEUM                                 541-382-4754
       Close-up encounters with raptors, bobcats, porcupines, otters
       and more! Living history and nationally acclaimed exhibits.
       59800 S. Hwy 97
       www.OregonRafting.com                           800-788-7238
       Guided rafting trips in Oregon & Idaho since 1979.
       $ RIVER’S EDGE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE                541-389-2828
       Spectacular Scenery.                         www.riverhouse.com
       Visit our website for businesses & services, order our free brochure.

       ^ STITCHIN POST                                      541-549-6061
       311 W. Cascade St. A Quilt Shop for the finest quilting, sewing,
       & knitting supplies. Open Daily.      www.stitchinpost.com

       & SUPER 8 MOTEL– BEND              800-800-8000/ 541-388-6888
       Indoor heated pool, spa, superstart breakfast!
       * THE RIVERHOUSE RESORT                              866-453-4480
       Bend’s finest resort on the Deschutes River. www.riverhouse.com
       BEND VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU                     800-949-6086
       917 NW Harriman, Bend, OR 97701                www.visitbend.com
       CENTRAL OREGON VISITORS ASSOCIATION                  800-800-8334
       572 SW Bluff Drive, Suite C, Bend, OR 97702
       CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                  541-923-2679
       LA PINE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                          541-536-9771
       51425 Hwy 97, Suite A, La Pine, OR 97739           www.lapine.org
       CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                  800-967-3564
       274 SW Fourth Street, Madras, OR 97741
       MAUPIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                      541-395-2599
       CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                  541-447-6304
       390 N Fairview Street, Prineville, OR 97754
       446 SW Seventh Street, Redmond, OR 97756
       www.sisterschamber.com                   541-549-0251
       164 N Elm Street, Sisters, OR 97759
       SUNRIVER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                   541-593-8149
       Sunriver Village, Building O, Sunriver, OR 97707

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                     EASTERN OREGON
                       ASTERN OREGON IS called the Land of
                 E     Extremes for good reason. Towering
                 peaks, fragrant high desert, fertile farmland,
                 bubbling streams, and roaring rivers—the
                 east side of the state is full of surprises.You
                 can ride a tramway to the top of the Wallowa
                 Mountains and maneuver a raft down the
                 Snake River through the continent’s deepest
                 canyon. Sample merlot at a winery above the
                 lush Grande Ronde Valley.Watch a powwow or
                 polo match, and relive the pioneer experience
                 along the Oregon Trail. Small towns here host
                 big events and roll out the welcome mat to
                 visitors. Scenic byways provide the best way to
                 get off the freeway and into the countryside.
                      Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, a
                 286-mile drive open all year, begins at Biggs
                 along the Columbia River, winds past the John
                 Day Fossils Beds National Monument and 40
                 million years worth of geological wonders, and
                 culminates in Baker City.
                      Blue Mountain Scenic Byway also

                                                                                                                                                                              Photo by Eric Valentine
                 begins along the Columbia River and heads
                 southeast toward Baker City, primarily on Hwy
                 53, somewhat parallel to I–84. It passes
                 through two national forests—Umatilla and
                 Wallowa–Whitman—and an ancient lake
                 basin, eventually crossing Elkhorn Drive            Yellow flowers engulf a red barn in this dramatic shot of Mount Emily.
                 Scenic Byway. This 130-mile route is best
                 enjoyed in spring and summer.                       access to hunting, fishing, off-roading, camping,     Main Street to see early 19th century buildings.
                      Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway,which begins        birding, and bicycling.While it offers small               Pendleton Round-Up is one of the best
                 in Baker City,explores the Blue Mountains and       town ambiance, it also boasts wireless Internet       rodeos in America. First held in 1910, the four-
                 old gold mining towns.The winding 106-mile          service.Visitors can experience the Morrow            day celebration (September 13–16, 2006)
                 loop makes a wonderful summer or fall drive.        County Museum, murals, the 1903 Flood                 includes a rodeo, cowboy breakfasts and bar-
                      The Grande Tour connects the communi-          Memorial, the 100-year old courthouse, and the        becues, big-name concerts, a parade, dances,
                 ties of La Grande, Union, and Cove and offers       biggest shamrock in the world, symbolic of the        art shows, and nightly pageants that portray
                 views of lush valley croplands, sage-covered        annual Wee Bit o’ Ireland celebration.                the ancient culture of the American Indians
                 range, and a forested mountain pass.                                                                      who call this region home. (541-276-2553;
                      Hells Canyon Scenic Byway,also designat-                                                             www.pendletonroundup.com)
                                                                         The tiny town of Echo along I–84 boasts
                 ed an All American Road,is a total of 218 paved                                                                Pendleton Woolen Mills was founded in
                                                                     about 10 sites listed on the National Register of
                 miles that crosses some of the most scenic parts                                                          1899 by Thomas Kay, an English weaver.
                                                                     Historic Places, including city hall, museums,
                 of northeast Oregon.Touching edges of the Hells                                                           Relying on the colors and designs of American
                                                                     churches, a restaurant, and Echo Cemetery,
                 Canyon National Recreation Area,the route                                                                 Indian art, the blankets and shirts from the
                                                                     dating to the mid-1800s. Trail sites mark the
                 encircles the Wallowa Mountains and meets I–84                                                            new mill have long been extremely popular.
                                                                     passage of ancient American Indians as well as
                 at La Grande and Baker City.Take short side trips                                                         Free tours of the mill are given on weekdays;
                                                                     Oregon Trail pioneers.
                 for expansive views of Hells Canyon,Wallowa                                                               the shop is open daily. (541-276-6911;
                 Lake,and the Snake River.The Forest Service         PENDLETON                                             www.pendleton-usa.com)
                 Road 39 segment is closed past Salt Creek                Recently named one of the “Top Ten                    Pendleton Underground Tours take
                 Summit to Hwy 86 during winter; it usually          Western Towns in the Nation,” Pendleton was           visitors through tunnels that were built and
                 opens by late May.(www.hellscanyonbyway.com)        once a wild frontier town.With a population           occupied by Chinese workers around the turn
                                                                     more than 16,000, it is the largest city in Eastern   of last century. More than 5 miles of tunnels
                 HEPPNER                                             Oregon. Located along the Umatilla River,             under Pendleton’s Historic District tell stories
                     Nestled among gently rolling hills and          Pendleton got its start in the 1840s when             of the city’s colorful past. (800-226-6398;
                 wheat and cattle country, Heppner is a town         settlers traveling the Oregon Trail began             www.pendletonundergroundtours.org)
                 with history, scenic byways, and 6200 acres of      ranching and farming in the fertile countryside.           Wildhorse Resort & Casino offers 24-
                 rugged OHV trails.As western portal to the Blue          A walk through downtown takes visitors           hour gambling, Scottish links-style golf, and a
                 Mountain Scenic Byway, Heppner provides             through the heart of Pendleton. Stroll along          newly refurbished 100-room hotel. Services

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include a restaurant, snack bar, gift shop, 100-       Jubilee Lake is a relaxing spot; the lake is
space RV park, and free shuttle service. The       limited to nonmotorized boating. Nearby the
casino is 4 miles east of Pendleton off I–84.      most popular campground in the Umatilla
(800-654-9453; www.wildhorseresort.com)            National Forest has sites for tents, trailers, and
     Tamastslikt Cultural Institute Museum         RVs up to 27 feet. Most facilities, including a
chronicles thousands of years of life on the       hiking trail around the lake, are wheelchair-
Columbia Plateau from the perspectives of the      accessible. The lake is accessible from Hwy 204.
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla.Special
exhibits are scheduled throughout the spring and   LA GRANDE
summer in addition to the permanent displays.           With 12,600 residents, La Grande serves as
The museum is located off Hwy 331 near the         the center of commerce, higher education, and
casino.(541-966-9748; www.tamastslikt.com)         state government in a three-county area. Home
     Bar M Ranch at Bingham Hot Springs,           to Eastern Oregon University, La Grande hosts
along Bar M Lane in Adams, has been provid-        many cultural and sports events. It sits on the
ing unique and rewarding western ranch             western edge of the Grande Ronde Valley, sur-
vacations for the entire family for more than 60   rounded by snow-capped mountains and
years. The 3000-acre ranch, 31 miles east of       national forests and is a gateway to a variety of
Pendleton, is tucked away in the Blue              outdoor recreation.
Mountains along the Umatilla River amid tall            Eastern Oregon Regional Fire Museum
pines and firs.Visitors enjoy horseback riding,    is in downtown La Grande’s century-old
fly-fishing, a hot springs pool, and indoor and    former fire station and features six historic
outdoor activities that vary according to the      engines, along with exhibits covering 100 years
weather. (888-824-3381; www.barmranch.com)         of firefighting. Enter the museum through                 Call 1-800-332-1843 or
     Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area,         Union County Tourism’s visitor center facing
                                                                                                              visit www.eova.com
off I–84, is perched near the summit of the Blue   Elm Street. (800-848-9969)
                                                        Oregon Trail Interpretive Park describes               to request your free
Mountains between Pendleton and La Grande.
The state park has campgrounds, cabins, and a      the challenges faced by pioneers as they                       Eastern Oregon
horse camp open April to November.                 crossed the Blue Mountains 150 years ago.A                 Regional Trip Planner

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                                                                                                                                                 moorage, and a boat-launching ramp.A
                                                                                                                                                 popular tramway, go-carts, paddleboats, and
                                                                                                                                                 miniature golf provide additional entertain-
                                                                                                                                                 ment in the resort area.
                                                                                                                                                      Hells Canyon National Recreation Area
                                                                                                                                                 includes portions of three national forests,
                                                                                                                                                 including the Wallowa–Whitman National
                                                                                                                                                 Forest. Hells Canyon is North America’s
                                                                                                                                                 deepest river gorge.Year-round campgrounds
                                                                                                                                                 offer an opportunity to experience the temper-
                                                                                                                                                 ate fall and winter climate in and around Hells
                                                                                                                                                 Canyon. The canyon is hot in summer and a
                                                                                                                                                 prime water recreation area. Services for Hells
                                                                                                                                                 Canyon Country are provided in nearby com-
                                                                                                                                                 munities such as Pine and Halfway.

                                                                                                                       Photo by Alicia Spooner
                                                                                                                                                 (541-426-5546; www.fs.fed.us/hellscanyon)
                                                                                                                                                       Richland, named for the rich soil settlers
                                                                                                                                                 found here, is located on Hells Canyon Scenic
                 There are many places to explore in the Blue Mountains, between Pendleton and La Grande.                                        Byway, Hwy 86, east of Baker City. The area
                                                                                                                                                 still supports farmers and ranchers, and now
                                                                                                                                                 outdoors enthusiasts who enjoy Brownlee
                 paved trail winds through pine trees along         has reclaimed its importance as the center of
                                                                                                                                                 Reservoir. Known as a fishing paradise, upland
                 remnants of the old emigrant road. Other           the town’s social and entertainment activities.
                                                                                                                                                 game birds and waterfowl also are plentiful.
                 paths lead to an early 20th century logging        Built in 1912, the theater is known for its fine
                 exhibit and through an old-growth forest. Exit     acoustics and historic details. The adjacent                                 BAKER CITY
                 248 off I–84, 12 miles northwest of La Grande.     Elgin museum tells the fascinating history of                                     Once the largest city in Oregon, Baker City
                 Open mid-May through Labor Day.                    the Indian Valley. (541-437-3456)                                            was considered the social center along the
                      Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area and Nature                                                                                        Oregon Trail and a supply center during the
                                                                    ENTERPRISE AND JOSEPH
                 Trail, 6 miles south of La Grande, covers                                                                                       Gold Rush era. The city has more than 110
                                                                         The two largest cities in Wallowa County
                 nearly 5000 acres of restored marsh and                                                                                         buildings on the National Register of Historic
                                                                    have a combined population of 3320. These
                 mountainside elk habitat.A bird and wildlife                                                                                    Places. The Armstrong Nugget, an 80-ounce
                                                                    friendly pioneer communities are surrounded
                 watcher’s dream, Ladd Marsh features a nature                                                                                   chunk of gold, is on display at the U.S. Bank.
                                                                    by some of the most scenic country in the
                 trail, photography blinds, a driving tour, and a                                                                                     National Historic Oregon Trail
                                                                    Northwest, drawing artisans who make art a
                 viewpoint. (541-963-4954)                                                                                                       Interpretive Center is one of the biggest draws
                                                                    key industry in the area. The area is a great
                      Union County Museum is acclaimed for                                                                                       to Baker City. The center’s interactive displays
                                                                    base point for excursions into the Eagle Cap
                 its “Cowboys Then and Now” collection, settle-                                                                                  and living history demonstrations make one of
                                                                    Wilderness or Hells Canyon.
                 ment history exhibits, and agriculture                                                                                          the most comprehensive re-creations of the
                                                                         Eagle Cap Excursion Train carries pas-
                 courtyard. The museum is located in the town                                                                                    Oregon Trail pioneers’ experiences.Visitors can
                                                                    sengers into the scenic roadless canyon
                 of Union, 15 miles southeast of La Grande.                                                                                      walk on paved trails alongside the scars carved
                                                                    country along the Wallowa and Grande Ronde
                 (800-848-9969) Union is also home of the                                                                                        by wagons. From I–84, take exit 302 and travel
                                                                    rivers. Operated by the Wallowa Union
                 popular Buffalo Peak Golf Course.                                                                                               east for 5 miles to Flagstaff Hill. (541-523-1843)
                                                                    Railroad, it uses 60 miles of historic railroad
                      Gilstrap Brothers Winery is one of the                                                                                          Oregon Trail Regional Museum has a
                                                                    line between Elgin and Joseph. (800-323-7330;
                 only wineries east of the Cascade Mountains in                                                                                  collection of rocks and gemstones and histori-
                 Oregon. The winery is set on the western                                                                                        cal displays. The museum building was built in
                                                                         Eagle Cap Wilderness draws rock
                 slopes of the Wallowa Mountains above the                                                                                       1920 as a natatorium (indoor swimming
                                                                    climbers, mountain bikers, campers, hikers,
                 tiny town of Cove east of La Grande. Open for                                                                                   pool). Closed in winter. (541-523-9308)
                                                                    llama trekkers, and horseback riders to its
                 wine tasting and tours on Saturdays in                                                                                               Adler House Museum was the home of a
                                                                    granite peaks and glacier-carved valleys.
                 summer and by appointment. (866-568-4200;                                                                                       local philanthropist. The 1889 home has been
                                                                    Elevations in this area range from 5000 to
                 www.gilstrapbrothers.com)                                                                                                       restored with Victorian furnishings. Open May
                                                                    10,000 feet.Access the wilderness from camp-
                                                                                                                                                 through September. (541-523-7913)
                 ELGIN                                              grounds and trailheads in Wallowa, Baker, and
                                                                                                                                                      Sumpter is known as the liveliest ghost
                      Elgin is 20 miles northeast of La Grande      Union counties, or from the top of the Mt.
                                                                                                                                                 town in Oregon. It is a true Gold Rush town in
                 on Hwy 82, the Wallowa Lake Hwy, and is a          Howard tramway.Visitors should check acces-
                                                                                                                                                 the Blue Mountains along the Elkhorn Scenic
                 jumping-off point to rafting, camping, and         sibility in advance with the Wallowa
                                                                                                                                                 Byway. Sumpter, west of Baker City on Hwy 7,
                 fishing adventure. It is also the west portal of   Mountains Visitor Center. (541-426-5546)
                                                                                                                                                 has year-round recreation, fishing, mountain
                 the historic Wallowa Union Railroad on which            Wallowa Lake State Park, 6 miles south
                                                                                                                                                 biking, gold panning,ATV trails, and 350 miles
                 the Eagle Cap Excursion Train operates.            of Joseph off Hwy 82, is open all year.You’ll
                                                                                                                                                 of groomed snowmobile trails.
                      Elgin Opera House, a restored theater,        find a campground, picnic area, showers, boat

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    Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage
Area saw millions of dollars in gold extracted
between the Gold Rush and the 1950s. It is
located at the base of the majestic granite
peaks of the Elkhorn Mountain Range along
Hwy 7. The dredge is an important link to
Oregon’s pioneering past and is one of the
largest gold dredges in the country. The trail
around the park is open year-round.
    Sumpter Valley Railway, one of the
oldest narrow-gauge railroads in the country,
takes passengers on a 5-mile run between
McEwen Station and Sumpter on weekends
from Memorial Day through September. (866-
894-2268; www.svry.com)
    Anthony Lakes, situated along the
Elkhorn Byway, has picturesque settings for
camping and fishing during the warmer
months or skiing, snowboarding, cross
country, and snowshoeing in the wintertime.
    Prairie City, east of the town of John Day
on Hwy 26, earned its name from the grass-
lands that stretch through to the west.
Strawberry Mountain Wilderness lies to the
south, and the Blue Mountains stretch east.
     The largest town in Grant County, John
Day is surrounded by thousands of acres of
national forests and wilderness. In town, stop
by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce
on Main Street. It’s an 1890s church rectory.
     Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site
and Museum, near the intersection of Hwys
26 and 395, reveals history through the eyes of
the Chinese immigrants who worked the
mines and built the railroads of Eastern
Oregon. The museum and the new visitors
center is open May to October.
     John Day Fossil Beds National
Monument lies about 40 miles west of the
town of John Day off Hwy 19. Plant and animal
fossils here are well preserved. The 14,000-acre
year-round park is divided into widely sepa-
rated units: Sheep Rock, Painted Hills, and
Clarno.At the new Thomas Condon
Paleontology Center, located in the Sheep Rock
unit, visitors can watch paleontologists work
on fossils. (541-987-2333; www.nps.gov/joda)
    Oregon’s gateway to the east, Ontario rests
on the banks of the Snake River, the boundary
between Oregon and Idaho, at the junctions of
I–84 and Hwys 20 and 26.
    Four Rivers Cultural Center & Museum
honors the inhabitants and diverse cultures of
western Treasure Valley by preserving and
                         Continued on page 66.
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                                                                                    BS GOURMET AND GADGETS                              541-573-1725         HINES
                                                                                    Unique kitchen and gift neccessities shop. 340 N. Broadway               DM BEST WESTERN RORY & RYAN INNS              541-573-5050
                                                                                                                                                             534 Hwy 20. Wireless high speed, in-room micros &
                                                                                    LA GRANDE                                                                refrigerators, reasonable rates. www.bestwestern.com
                 WHERE TO EAT                                                       BT LA GRANDE FARMER’S MARKET                        800-848-9969         DN COMFORT INN                                541-573-3370
                 BAKER CITY                                                         Start your Saturday at the Farmer’s Market.
                                                                                    www.visitlagrande.com                                                    504 N. Hwy 20. Deluxe continental breakfast. In-room
                 ! BARLEY BROWN'S BREW PUB                        541-523-4266                                                                               refrigerators & micros, wireless and internet access.
                 A premier restaurant & microbrewery.             2190 Main St.
                                                                                    WHERE TO STAY                                                            LA GRANDE
                 BURNS                                                                                                                                       DO EAGLES HOT LAKE RV PARK                    541-963-5253
                 ESTEP CATERING & SMOKIN PIT BBQ                  541-589-1116      ADAMS                                                                    Full hook ups, laundry room, showers, pay phone,
                 Have mobile kitchen will travel. We cook anything for everybody.   BU BAR M RANCH @ BINGHAM HOT SPRINGS                 888-824-3381        country store. I-84 exit 265. www.eagleshotlakerv.com
                                                                                    For the entire family, horseback riding, mineral springs pool.
                 WHERE TO PLAY                                                      www.barmranch.com                                                        WALLOWA LAKE
                                                                                                                                                             DP WALLOWA LAKE RESORT                        541-432-2391
                 BURNS                                                              BAKER CITY                                                               Luxury vacation homes or cozy furnished cabins w/ kitchens,
                 @ JOHN SCHARFF MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL                             CL ALWAYS WELCOME INN               800-307-5206/541-523-3431            hot tub, pets welcome.         www.wallowalakeresort.com
                                                                   541-573-2636     Large rooms, super clean and quiet. I-84 exit 304.
                 First Full weekend in April, tours, workshops and more.            www.alwayswelcomeinn.com                                                 VISITOR INFORMATION
                 www.migratorybirdfestival.com                                                                                                               DQ BAKER COUNTY CHAMBER & VISITOR BUREAU
                                                                                    CM OREGON TRAILS WEST R.V. PARK                     541-523-3236
                 # CRYSTAL CRANE HOT SPRINGS                      541-493-2312      Shady, restful, convenience store, gas, propane. Easy access             www.visitbaker.com                            800-523-1235
                 Naturally hot mineral water. Cabins & RV sites.                    off I-84, exit 302.                                                      490 Campbell Street, Baker City, OR 97814
                 25 miles SE of Burns on Hwy 78. www.cranehotsprings.com                                                                                     BOARDMAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                  541-481-3014
                 $ THE OLD CAMP CASINO                            541-573-1500      BURNS                                                                    206 N Main Street, Boardman, OR 97818
                 Gaming, slots, restaurant, lounge, RV park. oldcampcasino.com      CN AMERICA'S BEST INN              800-237-8466/ 541-573-1700            www.visitboardman.com
                                                                                    Indoor pool, Spacious rooms with micros & refrigerators.                 EASTERN OREGON VISITORS ASSOCIATION           800-332-1843
                 DIAMOND                                                            999 Oregon Ave.                                                          490 Campbell Street, Baker City, OR 97814     www.eova.com
                 % JENKINS ROUND BARN VISITOR CENTER & TOURS                        CO LONE PINE GUEST RANCH                            541-573-2103         GRANT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE              800-769-5664
                 www.roundbarn.net                                541-493-2070
                                                                                                                                                             281 W Main, John Day, OR 97845          www.grantcounty.cc
                 Info, gifts, museum, tours, refreshments.        Lava Bend Rd.     Relaxing atmosphere, home-style cooking. Lone Pine Road.
                                                                                    CP THE NARROWS RESORT                               541-495-2006         DR HARNEY COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 541-573-2636
                 ELGIN                                                              RV park, WI-FI, cable, restaurant, store, gas, propane, diesel,          76 E Washington, Burns, OR 97720 www.harneycounty.com
                 ^ EAGLE CAP EXCURSION TRAIN                 RES: 800-323-7330      shower, laundry.                  www.thenarrowsrvpark.com               HEPPNER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                   541-676-5536
                 Ride from the Grande Ronde River to the Wallowa Mountains.                                                                                  W May Street, Heppner, OR 97836 www.heppner.net/chamber
                 www.eaglecaptrain.com                                              DIAMOND                                                                  HERMISTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                 541-567-6151
                                                                                    CQ HOTEL DIAMOND                                    541-493-1898         415 S Hwy 395, Hermiston, OR 97838
                 JOSEPH                                                             Historic hotel offering dining & lodging.               10 Main St.
                 & WALLOWA LAKE TRAMWAY                           541-432-5331
                                                                                    www.central-oregon/hoteldiamond/                                         HUNTINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                541-869-2019
                 Open summer season. Ride to the summit of Mt. Howard.
                 www.wallowalaketramway.com                                         DREWSEY                                                                  210 W Washington, Huntington, OR 97907
                                                                                    CR BLUE BUCKET INN                                  541-493-2375         MILTON-FREEWATER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 541-938-5563
                 OXBOW                                                                                                                                       505 Ward Street, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862
                                                                                    Unique lodging on an Oregon outback cattle ranch.
                 * HELLS CANYON ADVENTURES                       800-HCA-FLOT       www.bluebucketinn.com                                                    www.mfchamber.com
                 Rafting, jetboat, & dinner jetboat cruise through Hells Canyon.                                                                             NYSSA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                     541-372-3091
                 www.hellscanyonadventures.com                                      ELGIN                                                                    112 Main Street, Nyssa, OR 97913
                 PENDLETON                                                          CS ELGIN HUN-NA-HA RV PARK                          541-437-2253         DS ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
                 ( WILDHORSE RESORT & CASINO                                        Quiet riverside location, pull-thru’s, showers, laundry, tenting area.   VISITOR CENTER & CONVENTION BUREAU            888-889-8012
                                                          800-654-WILD (9453)
                                                                                    www.eoni.com/~elgin1                                                     676 SW Fifth Ave, Ontario, OR 97914 www.ontariooregon.com
                 Casino * Hotel * RV Park * Championship Golf Course!
                 www.wildhorseresort.com                                                                                                                     PENDLETON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                 800-547-8911
                 BL TAMASTSLIKT CULTURAL INSTITUTE                                                                                                           501 S Main, Pendleton, OR 97801 www.pendletonchamber.com
                                                                  800-654-9453      CT 1916 HISTORIC FRENCHGLEN HOTEL                   541-493-2825
                 A Native American Perspective of the Oregon Trail.                 An oasis in Oregon's outback, with 8 rooms and food service.             DT UNION COUNTY TOURISM & VISITOR CENTER 800-848-9969
                 I-84/ Exit 216                  www.tamastslikt.org                39184 Hwy 205                                                            102 Elm Street, La Grande, OR 97850 www.visitlagrande.com
                                                                                    CU STEENS MTN PACKERS & LAKE CREEK BASE CAMP                             UMATILLA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                  541-922-4825
                 RICHLAND                                                                                                                                    1530 Sixth Street, Umatilla, OR 97882       www.umatilla.org
                 BM HEWITT & JOHN HOLCOMB PARKS                                     www.steensmountain.com                       800-977-3995
                                                                  541-893-6147                                                                               VALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                      541-473-3800
                                                                                    Outdoor adventure specialists on Steens Mtn.
                 Sporting & Recreation fun on the Brownlee Reservoir.                                                                                        www.valeoregon.org
                 www.bakercounty.net/parks&recreation.                              DL STEENS MOUNTAIN RESORT                           800-542-3765
                                                                                    At the base of Steens Mtn, full service resort facilities year round.    DU WALLOWA COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 800-585-4121
                 SUMPTER                                                            www.steensmountainresort.com                                             115 Tejaka, Enterprise, OR 97828
                 BN SUMPTER VALLEY RAILROAD                       866-894-2268                                                                               www.wallowacountychamber.com
                 Steam Train rides weekends and major holidays, Memorial
                 Day weekend through Sept.                 www.svry.com

                 WHERE TO SHOP                                                                             Pendleton
                 BO BOARDMAN PHARMACY & HARDWARE                  541-481-9474
                 I-84 interchange #164, 202 NW 1st Street, next to Post Office.
                 BP OARD'S MUSEUM & GIFTS 800-637-0252/ 541-493-2535
                 Authentic Indian art & gallery. Open 7 days a week.
                 23 miles east of Burns on Hwy 20.
                 BQ DESIGNS BY LINDA
                 ART STUDIO & GIFT SHOP                           541-573-1733
                 71527 Highway 78, Burns        www.designsbylindastudio.com
                 BR COUNTRY LANE QUILTS                           541-573-6406
                 Fabric and supplies, art gallery and annual quilt show.
                 406 N. Broadway

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                                  La Grande

   & Joseph


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                           Malheur County                                                         Four
                                               Where Oregon Begins
                                                                                                  Center &
                                                                                                      Explore the rich history of the Northern Paiute,
                                                                                                     Basque, Japanese, Hispanic, and EuroAmerican
                                                                                                            immigrants to the Treasure Valley.
                               MALHEUR COUNTY EVENTS
                   May 6–7, June 17, July 18, Aug 19                                                                                             888-211-1222
                   American Stock Horse Association Shows . . . . . . . .Ontario
                   May 20–21 Big Loop Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jordan Valley                                                             541-889-8191
                   June 3      America's Global Village Festival . . . . .Ontario
                   June 16–17 Nyssa Nite Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nyssa
                   June 24     Japan Nite Obon Festival . . . . . . . . . . .Ontario
                   July 1– 4   Vale Rodeo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vale
                   July 13–16 Thunderegg Days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nyssa
                   July 15–16 Big Nasty Hill Climb . . . . . . . .New Plymouth, ID
                   August 2–5 Malheur County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ontario
                                                                                                                              Thundereggs are
                                       ONTARIO VISITOR                                                                       Oregon’s state rock.
                                       & CONVENTION BUREAU
                                       541-889-8012                                                                             Find them in
                                       1-888-889-8012                                                                         Malheur County!

                 Continued from page 61.
                 recording their history and contributions to            fashioned “entertainment center,” wagon            museum are open daily. The visitors center is
                 the region’s development. (541-889-8191;                shed houses, and much more. Open April             open weekends according to volunteer avail-
                 www.4rcc.com)                                           through September. (541-573-5618;                  ability (541-493-2612; www.fws.gov/malheur).
                      Ontario State Recreation Site is a day-            www.burnsmuseum.com)                                    Diamond Craters, east of Hwy 205, is
                 use park on the west bank of the Snake River, a              Travel Hwy 205 from Burns to Fields for       about 55 miles southeast of Burns. Geologists
                 mile north of Ontario. It is a great place to           127 miles, the High Desert Discovery Scenic        claim the area has the “best and most diverse
                 enjoy birding, boating, fishing, and picnicking.        Byway, through high desert, sage-covered           basaltic volcanic features in the United States.”
                      Leslie Gulch–Succor Creek State Natural            hills, rimrock canyons, marshes, grassy valleys,   Within a 22-square-mile area south of
                 Area off of Hwy 95,constitutes some of the most         and snow-capped mountains. The route               Malheur Lake, more than 100 cinder cones
                 rugged territory in Eastern Oregon and offers           provides access to Steens Mountain, Malheur        and craters can be seen. There are no tourist
                 endless views of ancient ridges and canyon              National Wildlife Refuge, Kiger Mustang            facilities, so come prepared.
                 spires formed by volcanic activity.The area is          Viewing Area, and Peter French Round Barn.
                 primitive,open March through November.                       Steens Mountain National Back                 FRENCHGLEN
                                                                         Country Byway, is a 66-mile drive, and is               The tiny town of Frenchglen offers a
                 BURNS                                                   usually open from July through October. The        snapshot of ranch country. It is the gateway to
                      Burns was the unofficial capital of the            road is rough in places and takes travelers        Steens Mountain.
                 cattle empires that dominated the high desert           through deeply glaciated valleys with remark-           Round Barn, a structure built in the late
                 grasslands in the late 1800s. Still a friendly          able views of Kiger Gorge. Steens Mountain is      1870s, was used originally as a place to break
                 “western town,” Burns, at Hwys 395 and 20, is           30 miles long and juts 9700 feet from the          horses during long, hard winters.A hundred
                 central to travelers headed to the Malheur              Alvord Desert basin. Follow Hwys 205 and 78.       feet in diameter, it was constructed by local
                 National Wildlife Refuge, Steens Mountain,                   Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, just        cattle baron Peter French and is now located on
                 and the Alvord Desert. The Burns area is also           off Hwy 205, is home to more than 250 species      state park lands. Next door is a visitors center, a
                 host to the popular John Scharff Migratory              of birds and about 60 species of mammals,          museum, and a gift shop. (www.roundbarn.net)
                 Bird Festival in April and Desert Dash                  which can be observed year-round while                  Frenchglen Hotel State Heritage Site,
                 Motorcycle and Antique Car Rally in August.             hiking, biking, fishing, or horseback riding.      along Hwy 205, is a historic eight-room hotel
                      Harney County Historical Museum                    The refuge headquarters is 32 miles southeast      built in the 1920s. It offers accommodations
                 displays a wealth of history with its old-              of Burns on Malheur Lake. The refuge and a         from mid-March to mid-November. s

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                                          Crystal Crane Hot Springs       Jenkins Historical Tours       Peter French Round Barn
                                          www.cranehotsprings.com         www.roundbarn.net              The Old Camp Casino
                                          541.493.2312                    1.888.493.2420                 www.oldcampcasino.com
                                                                                                         Burns • 541.573.1500

                                                                          Country Lane Quilts            Gourmet and Gadgets
                                                                          406 N Broadway                 340 N Broadway
                                                                          Burns • 541.573.6406           Burns • 541.573.1725
                                                                          Designs by Linda               Oard’s Gallery
                                                                          Art Studio & Gift Shop         Gifts and Museum
                                                                          71527 Highway 78               Highway 20 and
                                                                          Burns • 541.573.1733           Buchanan Road
                                                                          www.designsbylindastudio.com   Burns • 541.493.2535
                                          America’s Best Inn              Comfort Inn                    The Narrows Resort
                                          999 Oregon Avenue               504 N Highway 20               28 miles South of Burns
                                          Burns • 1.800.237.8466          Hines • 541.573.3370           Highway 205 • 541.495.2006
                                          www.americasbestinnoregon.com   Frenchglen Hotel               www.thenarrowsrvpark.com
                                          Best Western                    39184 Highway 205              Steens Mountain Resort
                                          Rory & Ryan Inns                Frenchglen • 541.493.2825      www.steensmountainresort.com
                                          534 Highway 20                  Hotel Diamond                  1.800.542.3765 • 541.493.2415
                                          Hines • 541.573.5050            www.central-oregon.com/        Steens Mountain Packers
                                          www.bestwestern.com             hoteldiamond/                  and Lake Creek Base Camp
                                          Blue Bucket Inn at 3E Ranch     Diamond • 541.493.1898         Outdoor adventure specialists
                            Wild Horses   www.bluebucketinn.com                                          www.steensmountain.com
                                                                          Lone Pine Guest Ranch
                                          Drewsey • 541.493.2375          Lone Pine Road                 541.495.2315 • 1.800.977.3995
                                                                          Burns • 541.573.2103
John Scharff Migratory
Bird Festival
April, First Full Weekend

Estep Catering
& Smokin Pit BBQ
Burns • 541.589.1116

  Harney County Chamber of Commerce
   www.harneycounty.com • 541.573.2636
                                                       oregon coast

      Welcome to Oregon’s 363 miles of coastline. Storm watching, whale watching, beachcombing,
       camping, fishing, boating, crabbing, visiting lighthouses, museums, aquariums, galleries
            and theatres... It’s all here. And we can assist you with all of your travel plans.
             We’ll make your next visit one you will want to experience again and again.
                                     Oregon. We love dreamers.

recreation                        attractions                           accommodations

                        Contact the Oregon Coast Visitors Association
                                 to plan your next vacation.
                 1.888.628.2101 • www.TravelTheOregonCoast.com

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