Road Trip: Wasco, Moro and Maupin

Between the Columbia River Gorge and the high desert of Central Oregon lies an undiscovered country. Sunny and tranquil, the highways wind through a string of small towns where friendly residents have been quietly making their living in farming, ranching and outdoor recreation for generations. Towns like Wasco, Moro and Maupin aren’t exactly secret, just…

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: Robbie McClaran

Wasco

South of the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon, Wasco is a land of wheat fields, windmills and wild natural beauty.

Weathered barns and houses recall its place in pioneer history, when Oregon Trail travelers passed nearby. Modern-day explorers are drawn to Cottonwood Canyon State Park — with hiking, fishing, boating and camping on the scenic John Day River — and to White River Falls State Park, with a magnificent 90-foot cascade crashing into a large pool.

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