Road Trip: Union, Wallowa and Lostine

The Wallowa Mountains stand guard over the northeast corner of the state like sentinels to this rugged and beautiful country. Many travelers know this area as the gateway to Hells Canyon, Wallowa Lake and the bronze-capital town of Joseph. But there’s rich history, outdoor adventure and local cuisine to be discovered here too. Slow down…

: Leon Werdinger


The town of Union was settled by orchardists who planted the first pear and apple trees here in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in the 1860s.

Explore the charming downtown, a collection of Victorian homes and brick buildings that make up Union’s National Historic District. Nearby Catherine Creek State Park is just one entry point into the grand Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, with camping, hiking and fishing opportunities in a tranquil setting alongside Catherine Creek.

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