Oregon’s northeast corner has many nicknames. Most refer to the extreme landscape—tall mountains, deep canyons, fast rivers, and broad, flat valleys. Or, the extreme environments—thick mixed forests, lush farmlands, rocky hills covered with sage and bunch grass. Above all else, this place is beautiful. It’s easy to see why there are five officially designated scenic routes, including one with the most prestigious designation in the country: the Hells Canyon All-American Road. Take your time. You will want to see every corner.
In northeast Oregon, the landscape and people’s lives are interwoven to form a seamless union. Did the awesome power that formed Hells Canyon influence the hospitality of the Nez Perce Indians? Could the desert-weary pioneers’ experiences in the Blue Mountains be connected to the spotted softness of a newborn elk calf? Can the struggles of a ranching family be linked to the timeless, delicate shapes of snowflakes touching the earth? Yes. In a place where nature is raw and close at hand, every form of life is impacted by, and impacts, others and the environment. This is a Homeland—to be honored, cherished, explored, and revered.