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Oregon

Eastern Oregon

The spirit of the West is alive and well in the high desert of Eastern Oregon, where snow-capped mountains, dusty plains and jagged red rocks look down on rolling hills of sage, wild rivers and fertile wheat fields.

The legendary figures who passed through or lived in Eastern Oregon, including Chief Joseph, Lewis and Clark, and the Oregon Trail pioneers, provide a window into the region's rich history. Visitors today can still see wagon ruts of these early residents.

Interpretive centers bring bygone days to life, as do the historic hotels and bed and breakfasts sprinkled throughout the region. Small towns with frontier charm still largely intact nurture a lively arts scene, and the area's ranching history is celebrated each year with a rodeo that draws an international audience.

Also in the Eastern part of Oregon is Farewell Bend State Park offers the opportunity to camp along the Snake River just like pioneers on the Oregon Trail did for more than 150 years. In fact, there is a special Oregon Trail exhibit which commemorates the site where pioneers rested and viewed the Columbia River for the last time before heading westward.
Farewell Bend State Park features year round recreational opportunities and access to the Snake River’s Brownlee Reservoir which offers excellent bass and catfish angling. The Oregon State Parks Trust helped raise money to build a handicapped accessible fishing dock so now visitors of all abilities can enjoy the fishing opportunities in this park

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Covered Wagon in Eastern Oregon. This wagon came across the Oregon Trail
Covered Wagon in Eastern Oregon. This wagon came across the Oregon Trail

   
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