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Spring Drives in Byway Country

HALFWAY, OREGON_When Northeast Oregon starts awakening after a long winter, changes in the landscape happen quickly. Many consider this the prettiest time of year in parts of the byway. Dressed for outdoor chores, we took advantage of a change in our plans for the day, and took a drive Saturday, just to enjoy the beauty....
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Byway Website has a new look!

The Hells Canyon Scenic Byway website has received a fresh look over winter. We hope you find it appealing and easy to navigate. We will be adding information about byway area activities over the coming months. Check out the links on the “Visitor Resources” page for travel and community information. Spring is finally in the...
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Wrap Up A Bit of Eastern Oregon

While filling out your gift list, rememberall of the great tastes and discoveries made while exploring the reaches of Eastern Oregon and include some of those treasures for your friends and loved ones.
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Thanksgiving Weekend Offers Fun Actvities

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and families are making plans for the long weekend. If you are looking for ways to fill the four-day weekend with fun, check out these activities along the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway in Northeast Oregon.
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Sno-Park season underway Nov. 1

An Announcement from the Oregon Department of Transportation, Wednesday, October 31, 2018: As fall quickly turns to winter, it’s time to prepare for your favorite winter activities. Oregon’s Sno-Park program helps provide snow removal at about 100 winter recreation parking areas (Sno-Parks) across the state.
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Grande Ronde Symphony Celebrates 70 Years

LA GRANDE, OREGON__The Grande Ronde Symphony Association celebrated 70 years of music during their annual fundraising event in La Grande last month.
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Elgin Opera House Presents Mary Poppins

ELGIN, OREGON__The Elgin Opera House opens another lively musical fit for the whole family this month. Opera House gem Jeannette Smith returns to the Opera House stage as the lead in Mary Poppins, the classic Walt Disney musical, running September 21st through mid-October.
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“Farm Fresh” is Easy to Find Along Byway

Summer is coming to an end and fall is in the air. That means harvest is well under way in northeast Oregon and there are ample opportunities to fill your plate with fresh, locally produced food and stock up the cellar in preparation for winter.
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Watch for over 1,500 bicycle riders on Eastern Oregon routes this week

BAKER CITY, Oregon__Motorists can expect to see 1,500 bicyclists on eastern Oregon routes this week as Cycle Oregon continues its week-long event that started Saturday in Baker City. The annual two-wheeled pilgrimage saw hundreds of bicyclists travel along OR86 between Baker City and Halfway on Sunday. The group will ride the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway...
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Wilkommen to Oregon’s Alpenfest

The 40th edition of Oregon’s Alpenfest, takes place Thursday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 30. Swiss, Germans and anyone else who appreciates Alpine traditions gather each September in Wallowa County to celebrate lively polka, soothing alphorn music, melodic Swiss yodeling, savory bratwurst and eastern Oregon craft beer. Oregon’s Alpenfest, the only Swiss-Bavarian cultural festival in...
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Fall Season Train Rides Offered

ELGIN, OREGON__The fall season is here, with the weather getting milder and fall colors just beginning to show in the river canyons. The Eagle Cap Excursion Train volunteer car hosts and engineers anticipate a relaxed autumn, with opportunities for learning, along with great sightseeing. Saturday, September 8, is what we have been calling the Mystery...
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Memphis Vocalist Performs Twice This Weekend in Byway Country

BAKER CITY OREGON__National touring artist Cale Moon will perform during Hells Canyon Mules Days at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise, Saturday, September 8, at 7 p.m., and again in Baker City at Powder River Pavilion in Geiser-Pollman Park, Sunday, September 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. According to his website: “Cale has become one...
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Discounted RV Campsite Rates Now Available At Selected Oregon State Parks During September, October

The Oregon Department of Parks & Recreation announced today a special pilot program that will offer discounted rates for electrical and full-hookup RV campsites is now available at selected state parks during September and October. Two parks in Eastern Oregon are included, Starting today, campers will be able to apply a special online code to receive...
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Oregon Trail 175 Event: Labor Day Weekend Wagon Encampment at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

BAKER CITY, OREGON__Join a living history encampment of re-enactors sharing the sights and sounds of an Oregon Trail Wagon Train, September 1st and 2nd at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City. The Wagon Encampment will be active 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., populated by a variety of pioneers recreating a “nooning” lunchtime...
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Weekend Ideas at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

BAKER CITY, OREGON__With forecasts for smoky days and potential thundershowers, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers some ideas for indoor things for residents and visitors to do at the Center. Take in a performance of “Dr. Balthasar” in the air conditioned Leo Adler Theater. Portraying a mid-1800s medicine show, Dr. Balthasar sells miracle...
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Learn Pioneer Skills for Fun, Hobby or Otherwise

Flora, Oregon__At the north end of Wallowa County, in the tiny community of Flora, skills associated with pioneers and early settlers are valued and passed along. These skills are demonstrated each year during Flora School Days, while classes and activities from July through October teach the skills. Vanessa Thompson describes the upcoming activities: If you...
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Jet Boats and Rafting Trips

See the canyon from a raft or jet boat for a really refreshing and up-close view or the dramatic scenery. Hells Canyon Adventures operates on the Snake River, in the very heart of the canyon. Here is the schedule for the week of August 13, 2018. All tours begin and end one mile below Hells Canyon...
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Get to Know Us at a County Fair!

It’s County Fair time in Byway Country! Attend a quintessential county fair to see farm and ranch animals, 4H and FFA competitions, and to experience life in the close-knit communities of Northeast Oregon. Sample fair food and visit commercial and non-profit booths to learn what is available and the hot topics in our neck of...
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