Road Trip: Ontario

There’s a town they call Ontario, and it’s not the one in the Neil Young song. Oregon’s Ontario, at the state’s eastern edge, is the gateway to arid desert beauty, stunning river canyons and towering mountain ranges. Any time of year, but especially in winter, this little town of 11,000 is a great sunny destination.…

: Dennis Frates


Ontario is the gateway to arid desert beauty, stunning river canyons and towering mountain ranges.

For centuries, the Snake, Malheur, Owyhee and Payette Rivers have supported life in this area along the Oregon-Idaho border, attracting people from all points of the compass. Named for these waterways, the Four Rivers Cultural Center represents the constant flow of people of varied ancestries — American Indian, Basque, European, Hispanic, Japanese — who call this area home.

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We are travelling along I-84 from Pendleton, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah. Are there any State Parks that are close to (or along) that stretch of I-84? –Zig

Hi Zig, Between Pendleton and the Oregon-Idaho border, there are 4 state parks close to I-84. Heading west to east, they are: Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area-just off the highway 25 miles past Pendleton, [only camping fees listed] Blue Mountain Forest State Scenic Corridor-just off the highway past Meacham, free Farewell Bend State Recreation Area-1…

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Ontario Welcome Center

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Ontario , OR 97914
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