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The Malheur offers a full range of outdoor recreation opportunities in an uncrowded region. Some of these opportunities include Some of the many activities include camping, picnicking, fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting, four-wheel driving, motorcycle and ATV riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Campers enjoy both developed campgrounds and traditional primitive campsites around the Forest. Campgrounds usually offer their normal services between May 25 and October 31. When fire danger conditions become extreme, open campfires may be restricted and campers will need to have self-contained stoves.

The Malheur offers several cabins and lookouts available for overnight recreation rental. Contact the Forest for reservations.

On the Malheur there are hunting seasons for mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep. The fishing season is regulated by the State of Oregon, usually beginning in April. Stream fishing does not really become good until after spring runoff in May, June and July.

The Malheur National Forest has 502 miles of designated snowmobile trails and 6.5 miles of cross-country ski trails. Snowmobile trails are marked in a reflectorized brown and creme with orange diamonds, cross-country ski trails are marked with blue diamonds and/or user symbols used in conjunction to denote appropriate trail use.

The Malheur National Forest encompasses 1,460,000 acres of the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. The diverse and beautiful scenery of the forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain range extends east to west through the center of the Forest.

Solitude, tranquility, and beauty abound in this Forest. On over 200 miles of trails, one can walk through forests of pine and fir, climb timbered slopes to scenic alpine lakes and meadows, or enjoy the grasslands, sage, and juniper. The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, with its 9,038-foot peak, extends east to west through the heart of the Forest and the Monument Rock Wilderness overlooks the eastern boundary.

Areas of Interest on the Malheur:

The Cedar Grove Botanical Area in Eastern Oregon’s Aldrich Mountains covers about 26 acres and contains the only isolated stand of Alaska yellow cedar east of the Cascades in the United States. This grove is located on the northeast slope of Aldrich Mountain at the head of Buck Cabin Creek on the Bear Valley Ranger District. A one mile trail leads through the stand.

The Vinegar Hill-Indian Rock Scenic Area is located in the northeast part of the Forest. This high elevation area provides spectacular vistas, plentiful wildlife and wildflowers and solitude (except during hunting season).

Magone Lake, about 26 miles north of John Day, is one of the area’s most popular lakes. The lake covers about 50 acres. This area offers camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, geology viewing, and wildflower viewing.

In the Monument Rock Wilderness, at the southernmost edge of the Blue Mountains, the area’s alpine, once-glaciated ridges offer views across much of eastern Oregon. Hunting is the most popular activity, with hiking and backpacking increasing in popularity. Table Rock Lookout draws many visitors and is one of the entry points to the Wilderness.

The Strawberry Mountains Wilderness, east of John Day, includes approximately 68,700 acres and encompasses the headwaters of Pine, Indian, Strawberry, Canyon, Bear, Lake, Wall, Roberts, and Big Creek. The area is dominated by the Strawberry Mountain Range with the highest point being Strawberry Mountain, with the elevation of 9,038 feet. This area has extremely diverse ecological makeup. Five of the seven major life zones in North America can be found here.

The Forest contains two designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Malheur and the North Fork of the Malheur. Most recreationists seek these rivers for their abundance of scenic beauty, relaxation, fishing opportunities, and remoteness.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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Minam offers opportunities for camping, fishing, boating, rafting, hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching and viewing scenery.

The picturesque Wallowa River flows through the park and is noted for its fishing and rafting. Steelhead fishing in the spring and fall attracts many people. Raft rentals are available at a nearby store and with a trip down the river. You could even see bighorn sheep.

Vital stats: The park is open March – November. The campground offers 12 primitive campsites (maximum site 71 feet).

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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From cowboys and ranchers to bankers and actors, Montana Peaks Hat Co. caters to the truly discriminating felt hat wearer. Our hats are all handmade and customized by shape, fit and accessories. Using traditional methods handed down through generations, each hat is made with the exacting standards you expect from a well-made hat. We believe there is no substitute for quality, and we stand by every hat we build.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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With Pizza by the slice, custom beers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, the use of local produce, lunch and dinner specials, live music, bar bites, locals night, and more Mt. Emily Ale House, located in La Grande, Oregon’s historic downtown, strives to offer a great dining or lounging evening for you and your family.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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Nana’s Kitchen Restaurant in beautiful downtown Condon, features great Amerian and Italian cusine in the middle of wheat country. Find something for the entire family to enjoy as you explore John Day River Territory.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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They walked for 2,000 miles…men, women, and children by the tens of thousands. The story of this journey comes alive today through the life-size exhibits and living history at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City. This 23,000-square-foot facility tells the stories of the Oregon Trail immigrants. Oregon Trail ruts, interpretive trails, exhibits, special events and living history performances bring the Oregon Trail back to life. Operated by the Bureau of Land Management along with the nonprofit volunteer group Trail Tenders, Inc.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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A group of friends that love beer got together to provide the great taste of the northwest out east in Hermiston, Oregon at Neighbor Dudes.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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The Oregon trail Agricultural Museum was formerly a farmer’s feed, seed and mill business built in the late 1930′s. The business was known as Thompson Feed and Seed and later the Tobler Feed and Seed. In 1959, it was sold to the Stringer Family, who renamed the business Farmer’s Feed and Seed and then donated it to the community. Highlighted in the museum are displays of early farm and ranch equipment depicting the rich agricultural heritage of the Nyssa area. Restored sheep wagons, circa 1900, antique agricultural equipment used in the Treasure Valley, vintage photographs of the cities of Nyssa and Adrian and surrounding area farms and Oregon Trail history are featured.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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When you travel to the Painted Hills, you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time. The hills get their name from the delicately colored stratifications in the soil and the yellows, golds, blacks, and reds of the Painted Hills are best seen in the late afternoon. Tones and hue may appear to change from one visit to another, as the claystones differ with ever-changing light and moisture levels. Once you see them for yourself, it’s pretty easy to understand why the Painted Hills are one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

The Painted Hills are one of the three units that comprise the John Day Fossil Beds. Take time to also visit The Clarno Unit, with Mars-like pillars formed by waterfalls and volcanic sludge, and the Sheep Rock Unit, where fossils of plants and animals like saber-toothed cats are on display at the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center. Scientists study 50 million years of plant and animal evolution and a collection of 40,000 fossils here, and you can learn how early cousins of elephants and rhinos roamed the earth you’re standing on. To get there, take the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway through the ghost town of Shaniko, then on to the town of Fossil (named after the mammoth bone found there), where you can dig for your own fossilized souvenir. Plan to stop at the Kam Wah Chung and Co. Museum, a perfectly preserved drugstore from a century ago.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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A must see for the photo enthusiast, these unique rock formations that reflect the sunlight in different ways, make for a wonderful setting for scenic photos.

The community of Rome in Malheur County received its name from the imposing nearby formations of fossil-bearing clay that look like Roman ruins. The 100-foot high formations, which are also known as the “Pillars of Rome,” measure about five miles long and two miles wide.

These strange white bluffs, stand near the Owyhee crossing and were a landmark to pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail reminding them of the structures of ancient Rome. For the rafting and white water enthusiast, Rome is the entry point for a great ride down the wild & scenic Owyhee River past beautiful canyons, wildflowers, and wildlife.

Directions: Follow Highway 95 South to Rome about 117 miles, then turn west across from the Rome Station, then turn south, drive for about 1.5 miles.

: By the end of June, summer temperatures have usually arrived, along with greater fire danger. Temperatures are often in the 90's at lower elevations, somewhat cooler in the mountains. Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Winter weather begins in October, usually lasting until March. At higher elevations, snowpack varies from four to eight feet deep. Snowmobiling, Nordic skiing, ice fishing and sledding are all popular winter activities. About April, changeable spring weather arrives. Although a late spring snowfall is not uncommon, roads and trails begin to open up by June.

Location: The Malheur National Forest lies in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, with its headquarters in the town of John Day. U.S. Highways 395 and 26 are the two main highways which run through the area.

Contact Info: Malheur National ForestP.O. Box 909John DayOR97845541-575-3000

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