Road Trip: Umatilla, Hermiston, Echo and Heppner

Just south of US-84 and the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon lies land rich in history and agricultural tradition. The off-the-beaten-path towns located here are well worth a side trip for the unexpected discoveries you’ll find. This route through Umatilla, Hermiston, Echo and Heppner opens up a world of wildlife and watermelons, of Oregon Trail… More
: Donald Davis


Heppner is a quiet place whose rolling hills and Blue Mountain Scenic Byway make for fantastic fall cycling.

It’s home to 6,200 acres of riding, snowmobile and cross-country ski trails. Take the Morrow County Courthouse tour; view the largest mural painted by a single artist west of the Mississippi on the Farm Museum; or visit the Flood Memorial, also the site of the annual Dinner at the Cemetery, where the stories of early inhabitants, from Irish to Chinese, can be heard.

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