John Day River Territory

4 Days to John Day and Southeast Oregon

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Day 1 Ontario • Gaining a perspective on the cultures of this region is a great way to start the tour. The Four Rivers Cultural Center Museum focuses on the five unique cultures that settled what became known as the … Continue reading

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Ah Hee Diggings Interpretive Site

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Bates State Park

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Bates State Park was once the site of a thriving lumber mill and an adjacent company town set in a lush valley in the Blue Mountains. It now offers camping spots and hiking trails.

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Beyond the Perimeter Art Gallery

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Oil Paintings & Sculptures by Hans Magden. Open by appointment only.

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Big Bend BLM Campground

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Campground on the North Fork John Day River, two miles northeast of Kimberly toward Monument. (No water available.)

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Bike Inn – Mt. Vernon, Oregon

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Pedals Less Traveled – Gold Rush Scenic BikewayThe Bike Inn, located near Mt. Vernon, Oregon is a hostel for cyclist available by donation. Reservations are not needed.  For more information contact: Christy Rheu 541-620-1819; crheu@ortelco.net My family and I have … Continue reading

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Blue Mountain Scenic Byway

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The Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is known for its diversity. As you travel the route, enjoy its charming towns, majestic national forests, rocky peaks, and wild rivers. After climbing from the striking Wallowa-Whitman National Forest replete with hiking, snowmobiling, camping, … Continue reading

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China Creek Golf Course

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The 18-hole “China Creek 1” course at the China Creek Golf Course facility in Arlington, Oregon features 2,627 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34 . Designed by John Steidel, ASGCA, the China Creek 1 … Continue reading

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China Hollow Picture Rock

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Open by appointment; Roughs, slabs, cabs, spheres, flint knapping stone and landscape rock. Mine trips for clubs and groups in spring and fall.

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City of Fossil Museum

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Find a storehouse of memories for Wheeler County at the Fossil Museum, Pine Creek Schoolhouse & Shepherd?s Wagon.

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Clarno Unit – John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is a 14,000 acre (57 km²) park near Kimberly, Oregon. Located within the John Day River Basin, this U.S. National Monument is world-renowned for its well-preserved, remarkably complete record of fossil plants and animals, … Continue reading

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Clyde Holliday State Park

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Think of Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site as an oasis. Its tall, willowy cottonwood trees provide shade and serenity. Each campsite is clothed with a variety of trees and other plants to give you that private, secluded feeling. The park … Continue reading

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Columbia River Heritage Trail

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Take a Hike Through History! Get close to boulders left by Bretz/Missoula Ice Age Floods, Native American trade, fishing, and food gathering sites, Lewis & Clark October 19, 1805 camp site, early river communities of Irrigon & Boardman, modern agri-business … Continue reading

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Condon Golf Course

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Condon Golf Course is an open, flat course in Condon, Oregon. This area of the country is considered part of the Columbia Plateau. Doves coo in the recesses of a huge grain silo which stands adjacent to the putting green.

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Condon Swimming Pool

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Outdoor pool open in the summer for public use.

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Cottonwood Canyon State Park

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The new Cottonwood Canyon State Park is set in a landscape of enormous vistas marked by towering buttes and cliffs, plus 16 miles of the free flowing John Day River that winds through the 8,000 acres of parkland. Near the … Continue reading

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Country Flowers

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From books to boutique clothing, jewelry to home décor, this little shop on Condon's Main Street is a favorite for visitors and residents, alike. The old-fashioned soda fountain offers deli sandwiches, coffee drinks, cookies and ice cream.

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Cove Arts Festival and Cherry Fair

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More information can be found on the CoveOregon.org website. http://www.coveoregon.org/calendarandevents_annual_cherryfair.shtml

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Dayville Mercantile

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The Dayville Merc is a grocery store, gift shop, liquor store and all-around fun place to browse, located in tiny Dayville. Selfies are a must at the small-scale western town boardwalk.  This is cattle ranching country – you might bump … Continue reading

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Dewitt Depoe Museum and RV Park

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Stop in as a train traveler did over 100 years ago, and learn about the gold mining, logging, and cattle history of the area. This historic building was once the western terminus depot of the Sumpter Valley Railroad, which ran … Continue reading

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Dunstan Homestead Preserve

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Four and one-half miles of the Middle Fork John Day River on this former ranch are being restored to provide spawning habitat for these fish.

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Eastern Oregon Ghost Towns

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Embark on a fascinating tour of Oregon’s most fascinating ghost towns, mining camps, fishing villages, lumber towns, and historic forts! With 18 officially designated “ghost towns” still on the map, Oregon is reported to more ghost towns than any other … Continue reading

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Fall Mountain Lookout

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Fall Mountain Lookout Tower is situated about 20 miles from John Day, in central Oregon. It provides 360-degree views of the surrounding Strawberry Mountain Wildness, as well as the towns of Seneca and Mt. Vernon. The lookout offers access to … Continue reading

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Farmstead Upland Hunting Ranch

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Fly by Nyte Guide Service

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Columbia River fishing guide service.

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Galena

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An 1860s gold mining town about 20 miles north of Prairie City. Source: Ghost Town USA

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Gilliam County Historical Museum

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The Gilliam County Historical Museum Complex, located next to Burns Park in Condon, Oregon displays several historically restored and furnished buildings. A few of those buildings are: an 1884 Homestead Cabin, 1905 Railroad Depot, early 1900’s country school house, early … Continue reading

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Granite

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A late 1800s gold mining town that once had 5000 people. It is 15 miles northwest of Sumpter, in the northeastern corner of the county about 45 miles out of Baker City. The first gold was found on July 4, … Continue reading

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Grant County Historical Museum

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Gold was discovered right here in 1862. Artifacts, equipment, and stories of the region’s early mining and ranching history.

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Grant County Ranch & Rodeo Museum

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We cordially invite you to stop by and enjoy a real taste of western culture, cowboy style. The Grant County Ranch and Rodeo Museum captures the legacy of American cowboys, past and present. From ropes and saddles to bits and … Continue reading

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Highland Hills Hunting Ranch

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Highland Hills Ranch is an Orvis Endorsed lodge offering world class guided hunts for pheasant, chukar, quail, hungarian partridge and more. Visit our website to learn more.

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Horse Haven

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Early 1900s-1930s mercury mining town east of Ashwood. Once had a population of 100 or so.

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John Day Golf Club

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The 9-hole John Day Golf Club in John Day, OR is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1953. John Day Golf Club measures 2930 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 111 and a 33.6 … Continue reading

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John Day River Trading Post

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While sightseeing in one of Oregon's most dramatic landscapes, stop by the western-style store for gas, groceries, hunting and fishing licenses, and tips about things to see and do in the Kimberly area. Locally made and grown items, as well.

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Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

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Uncommonly rich in history, this route tells stories of fortunes made and lost, of Chinese laborers, of towns boomed and busted, of timber, agriculture, and pioneer settlers. It also tells a special story of the earth’s history; of sea beds … Continue reading

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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

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Kam Wah Chung Museum is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Oregon history. This structure was built as a trading post on The Dalles Military Road in the mid-1800’s. Chinese businessman Lung On and herbal doctor Ing Hay … Continue reading

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Kinzua Hills Golf Club

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Located near the old town site of Kinzua in Wheeler County, Oregon, Kinzua Hills Golf Club has a colorful history. It was established as a golf course in the 1930’s by the owner and workers of the Kinzua Corporation. Areas … Continue reading

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Lonerock

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A crossroads travel and agricultural center on Lonerock Creek, 15 miles southeast of SH 206, at a point five miles east of Condon. It was originally settled in 1881, but by WW I was nearly deserted. The town had a … Continue reading

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Mah Hah Outfitters

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Welcome to John Day River fishing! We are Mah-Hah outfitters and we offer fishing and hunting trips on the John Day River.

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Mayville Flat

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Upland Game Bird Hunting. Starting September 1st and running through March 31st, Mayville Flat Shooting Preserve will guarantee your group the single party privacy you deserve. Pheasant, Chukar, Quail and Hungarian Partridge await you. With a variety of species of … Continue reading

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Mitchell – Gateway to the Painted Hills

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The small historical Wheeler County city of Mitchell, located just of Highway 26, has a feel of old pioneer days and offers unique amenities to visitors of the area. The local region is rich in ancient history and features breathtaking … Continue reading

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Northwest Outdoor Specialties

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Guided goose hunts.

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Nugget Lanes

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Visit our family bowling center opened in Aug 2013 for great bowling, food and fun! Open every day except Monday.

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Olex Preserve

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For the love of bird dogs and hunting. Olex Preserve is located in north central Oregon near the Columbia River in Oregon’s high desert. The preserve offers a variety of services to fit each individual’s needs and can be tailored … Continue reading

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Oregon Raceway Park

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Our incredible 2.3 mile paced track in Grass Valley is a great place to get your racing on! Visit our website for more information.

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Over the Hill Bike Tours

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Sag supported cycling tours with lodging. Supporting small communities throughout Eastern Oregon through cycling.

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Painted Cove Trail

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The Painted Cove Trail is about a quarter mile section of trail, which boardwalk, accessible to those in wheelchairs, and offers a close up view of the red and gold claystone hills. The trail continues beyond the boardwalk, looping back to … Continue reading

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Painted Hills

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The Painted Hills are one of the 3 units of the John Day  Fossil Beds National  Monument and attract thousands visitors from around the world each year. They are spectacular in their unique display of colors of rich reds and … Continue reading

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Paleo Lands Bookshop and Gallery

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The Paleo Lands Bookshop & Gallery, recently opened on May 25, offers a Wi-Fi hotspot, local and regional art, a wide variety of books ranging from nature guides to 3-D dinosaur books to Oregon classics. Visit the bookstore to find … Continue reading

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Sage Mountain Primitives

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We are located at 405 N Main Street in Moro Oregon. Our shop consists of a yarn fiber and gift shop, that has all of our hand finished goods, soap products, old fashioned candies, sodas, and toys, we also have primitive home decor, knives … Continue reading

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Second Hand Made

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Enjoy our Espresso and delicious homemade baked goods or daily lunch specials served from 11:45 to 1:15, or until gone! We have a variety of unique gifts and crafts -second hand, hand made and brand new. 

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Sherman County Historical Museum

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We are a unique non-profit county museum with interpretive exhibits of tools and equipment used by families in wheat and livestock production, homes, businesses, schools and churches on the Columbia Plateau, and hands-on experiences for everyone! We are the 100 … Continue reading

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Spray Pioneer Museum

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The Spray Pioneer Museum was organized for the purpose of preserving the history of Spray Oregon and the surrounding community area. The Museum has displays representing life in the 1800?s, Indian artifacts, fossils, families’ histories, pictures of settlers and much … Continue reading

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The Lucky Strike Mine

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Two mines open for public digging! Visit our website for information, to see our Mined Products for sale and for directions to the mines.

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The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

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The Oregon Paleo Lands Institute is a new, educational non-profit in Fossil, Oregon, dedicated to connecting the public with Oregon’s natural and geologic history. OPLI is developing education-based tourism in rural Wheeler County, OR as part of regional economic development. … Continue reading

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The Shoe Tree

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The shoe tree is on Highway 26, east of Mitchell, OR near mile marker 89.

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Thomas Condon Paleontology Center – Sheep Rock Unit

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Did you know that early cousins of elephants, camels, rhinoceroses and sabertooth tigers used to roam freely in Eastern Oregon? You can see evidence of this at the new Thomas Condon Paleontology Center Museum, located in the Sheep Rock Unit … Continue reading

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Wasco Railroad Depot & Museum

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Historic railroad depot and museum. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm from April 15 to October 15 and by appointment.

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Wheatridge in the Nook

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Hidden in the gentle folds of “The Nook” between the John Day and Columbia Rivers, Wheatridge has been in the Bartlemay family for over 100 years. Originally a wheat farm, now the golden rows of wheat lay next to acres … Continue reading

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Wheeler High School Fossil Beds

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The Fossil Beds at Wheeler High School, are a place where you can collect fossils in a safe location with a knowledgeable interpreter to help you understand and identify your finds.

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