It would be easy to walk across the cracked surface of the Alvord Desert and assume you were standing on another planet. But no, you’re just in Eastern Oregon.
Things look different out here in the big, vast nowhere. Which is why so many people like it. It’s hard to look down into Hells Canyon – the deepest river gorge in North America – or quietly steer your raft along the waters of the John Day River, and not feel a little more connected to the world we live in.
It’s not all cowboy country though. If you need a break from all the cabins and camping and unspoiled-wilderness adventures, towns like Joseph, Baker City, and Pendleton offer art galleries, shopping, breweries, and incredible farm-to-table dining.