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Baker City Oregon Attractions

Elkhorn Drive National Scenic Byway
West of historical Baker City the Elkhorn Mts. and the Wallowa-Whitman national Forest are packed with history, scenery, recreation and geology spelled "GOLD"). Visit ghost towns ride a restored train, climb mountain peaks, boat, fish, shop or just relax in the clean mountain air, this 3-5 hour drive has it all! A 106 mile loop takes you through history and the gold rush days of Eastern Oregon and a region packed with biological treasures, Summer and Fall (after July 4th) are the the best times to make sure all the roads are open. There's not much gold left up here these days, but their is a wealth of adventure!

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
Come find awesome scenic grandeur in Baker County.  The 208-mile drive known as the Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway is also registered as an All-American Road.  Youíll understand why when you begin the adventure in Baker City and forge into the majestic Wallowa Mountains of Northeast Oregon.   Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America, is sharply contrasted by the 10,000-feet-high peaks of the Wallowas.  Donít miss this trip!  Best time to travel these narrow winding roads is June-October, after that many of the roads may be closed by snow. Put aside a good 7-8 hours to make this trip.

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Hwy 86, Flagstaff Hill, 5 mi. east of 1-84, Baker City, Oregon, phone: 541-523-1843
Living history is used to literally bring to life aspects of the Trail experience. Presenters create factual and emotional perspectives of the era by using historically accurate words, music, songs, costuming, and props. In addition to an outdoor pioneer wagon encampment and a mining site, the 150 seat Leo Adler theater provides a "front row seat" to live history as the site of living history presentations and other educational programs. An outdoor trail system provides four miles of hiking to see scenic vistas of the Blue Mountains, the Wallowa Mountains, and the Baker Valley and Virtue Flat, where the original route of the Oregon Trail can be clearly seen from atop Flagstaff Hill. Visitors may take one of the hiking trails down to the Oregon Trail, and walk in the actual ruts made by the pioneers. Special exhibits in the Flagstaff Gallery provide extra focus on topics related to the six themes of the Center.

Oregon Trail Regional Museum 
2480 Grove, Baker City, OR 97814, Phone: (541) 523-9308

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
You'll be enchanted by the stately splendor of the Blue Mountains, the rugged grandeur of the Wallowa Mountains, and the spectacular canyon country of the Snake River in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Located in northeastern Oregon and western Idaho, elevations on the national forest range from 875 feet to 9,845 feet above sea level. Plant life varies from the desert-like countryside of Hells Canyon to the alpine vegetation of the Eagle Cap Wilderness and Seven Devils Mountains. In addition to the Eagle Cap Wilderness, the forest includes three other wilderness areas: Hells Canyon, Monument Rock and North Fork John Day.

 

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