The train departs from the Elgin Depot and follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. Along the way, be on the lookout for Bigfoot, as they are rumored to be in the area. Our guests for this ride are Bigfoot experts Scot and Hannah Violette, of Squatch America. They will offer information and answer questions about the legendary creature (Is it real or a myth?!) A delicious, boxed lunch is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Arrive early to peruse and shop the Bigfoot booth at the depot before the ride.
Adults: $75 | Seniors 60+: $70 | Youth, 3 to 16: $35 | Kids under 3 ride for free!
Please wear closed-toe shoes and use caution when moving about the train. Be aware that there will be side-to-side rocking when the train is moving. There are rest rooms on the train and passenger cars have air conditioning or heat, as needed. The Elgin Depot has a ticket counter, gift shop, multi-stall rest rooms, indoor and outdoor seating and ample parking, including for motor coaches or buses.
The Ride: The train operates on the Wallowa Union Railroad (formerly known as the Joseph Branch), following the shores of the Grande Ronde River from Elgin north, to where the river is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The track then follows the Wallowa River upstream to Minam and then on through Wallowa and Enterprise, ending in Joseph. The Eagle Cap Excursion Train uses the section from Elgin to Minam. All rides feature beautiful views of the river, towering open and forested ridges and jagged basalt cliffs. Most rides include lunch or other food and beverages. Snacks and additional beverages are available for purchase.