Attractions

Top Choice Museum in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Thomas Condon Paleontology Center

This excellent paleontology center is 2 miles north of Hwy 26 at Sheep Rock Unit. The well-presented displays include a three-toed horse and petrified dung-beetle balls, along with many other fossils, geologic-histo…
Top Choice Museum in Baker City

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

This interpretive center is the nation's foremost memorial to the pioneers who crossed the West along the Oregon Trail. Lying atop a hill 7 miles east of Baker City, it contains interactive displays, artifacts and f…
National Park in Wallowa Mountains

Eagle Cap Wilderness

Glacier-ripped valleys, high mountain lakes and marble peaks are some of the rewards that long-distance hikers find on overnight treks into the beautiful Eagle Cap Wilderness, nicknamed 'America's Little Switzerland…
Canyon in Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon Dam

Hells Canyon's most spectacular scenery is perhaps along Snake River, following 25 miles of paved road (Idaho's Rte 454) toward Hells Canyon Dam; here dramatic canyon walls loom almost vertically. The road goes alon…
Natural Feature in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Sheep Rock Unit

Featuring the most walks and hikes of the three John Day fossil-bed units, Sheep Rock is also closest to the paleontology center. Above loom majestic, layered mountains tilted and eroding into spectacular formations…
Natural Feature in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Painted Hills Unit

Because no cap rock protects them, the Painted Hills have eroded into low-slung, colorfully banded hills that were originally formed about 30 million years ago. A series of eruptions drifted into beds hundreds of fe…
Historic Site in John Day

Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

Don't miss this site, located in an 1865 building that served primarily as an apothecary for the noted Chinese herbalist and doctor Ing Hay. It was also a community center, temple, general store and opium den for th…
Wildlife Reserve in Southeastern Oregon

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge

From the tiny town of Plush, Hart Mountain Rd crosses the Warner Lakes Basin, climbs into the spectacular, near-vertical Hart Mountain fault block (peak elevation over 8000ft) and emerges onto the prairie-like expan…
National Park in John Day

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness

Named for the wild strawberries that thrive on its mountain slopes, the Strawberry Range is covered with ponderosa and lodgepole pines growing on glacier-chiseled volcanic peaks that are 15 million years old. A popu…
Viewpoint in Hells Canyon

Hat Point

High above Snake River, the Hat Point fire-lookout tower (elevation 6982ft) offers great views. On each side of the canyon, mountains soar toward 10,000ft, with the Seven Devils on the Idaho side and the towering Wa…