Break Out of a Rut
In the dry, arid country of Eastern Oregon, wagon ruts still cut the land, marking the final grueling miles of their journey at Keeney Pass.
Nearby Baker City
plays host to the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, where life-sized dioramas,
an amphitheater and an interpretive trail system vivify life along the trail.
Farther west along the route lies La Grande and The Dalles,
where historical markers detail difficult crossings and both successful and fateful decisions. Lastly,
learn how settlers adapted to their new lives in Oregon, what they took on their journey and see some of the actual possessions that made it through the trip.
Check it out at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in historic Oregon City
Get a taste of the Old West at the ultimate rodeo: the Pendleton Round-Up
, one of the
oldest and most prestigious rodeos in the world.
Founded in 1909 and still held every September, the round-up attracts tens of thousands for
a weekend packed with an old-fashioned rodeo, horseback and bull riding, cowboy breakfasts, dances, art shows and country music.
The Round-Up is held in conjunction with the Happy Canyon Pageant, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation's largest powwow.
Bobby Mote at the Pendleton Roundup