Eastern Oregon is where outdoor adventure mixes with the State's fascinating history.
Golfers can practice their swing at The Wildhorse Resort Golf Course, considered to be one of Oregon's "7 Gems." Skiers can try the challenging runs of Ferguson Ridge Ski Area while enjoying incredible views of the Wallowas and Hells Canyon. The region also plays host to exciting rodeo action, from the Pendleton Round-Up to the Elgin Stampede.
The breathtaking John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a record of more than 40 million years of history. You can see fossils at The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in the Sheep Rock Unit, before hiking through the trails of Clarno or the brilliantly hued Painted Hills. For more modern history, be sure to explore the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City.
The lush surroundings of Wallowa Lake will leave an impression. Come here for to enjoy fishing, hiking, watersports and a horseback ride into Eagle Cap Wilderness. And at the end of the day, make a stop at the Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery for a sip of their locally-sourced finest.
Painted hills at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Prepare to see inspiring scenery as you ride the 208-mile Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in Eastern Oregon. This fantastic stretch takes you through the farmlands of Elgin, along the Wallowa River and into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. For much of the trip, you'll have the towering Wallowas in front of you. Look down into the massive Hells Canyon gorge and explore the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center before finishing your ride in Baker City.
Enjoy the challenging greens on the golf courses of Eastern Oregon. The Wildhorse Resort Golf Course in Pendleton is considered one of Oregon's "7 Gems." It has terrific views and combination Scottish-links and American resort style. Ontario Golf Club is an 18-hole course that accommodates different skill levels, and Country View's 9-hole course also gets high marks. Valley Golf Club's 9-hole course in Hines is considered one of the best in the region.
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument can be found in East-Central Oregon. The colorful Monument is known for its layers of fossilized mammals and plants that reveal an evolution of more than 40 million years. The area is divided into three geographically distinct areas: Clarno, Sheep Rock and Painted Hills. Hike the trails of the multi-colored Painted Hills or trek along Clarno's Geologic Time Trail before visiting The Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in Sheep Rock.