Plan Your Eastern Oregon Trip
Eastern Oregon is a vast region offering the adventurous traveler some of Oregon’s most beautiful landscapes and unique experiences. Click on the links to the right to learn more about planning your trip and read below for some great tips on “How To” Eastern Oregon.
Swift currents, undertows, and whirlpools are common in our waterways. Wear lifevests and supervise children.
This is rattlesnake season—be careful. Avoid basalt rock slides, tall grass and heavy underbrush where snakes may shelter out of the heat. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Rattlesnakes can swim, so be careful about grabbing what looks like a stick or branch in the John Day River.
UNPLUG AND BRING A MAP
While most of our communities do have cell phone service, you may not get coverage throughout the area. Do not rely on your GPS or phone map for accurate directions. Know where you’re going, and bring along a paper map.
Given long distances between gas stations and unpredictable station hours, make sure you calculate your fuel needs wisely.
There are a limited number of restaurants in some of Oregon’s beautiful, remote places. Make sure you have picnic supplies, snacks, water and anything else that will help you stay happy if you can’t find a meal.
CARRY SOME CASH
While most services in Oregon take credit cards, there are places in rural areas that only take cash.
PREPARE FOR SUN AND HOT TEMPERATURES
Temps can reach over 100 degrees in summer, and inland destinations especially could be scorching. Pack hats, sunscreen, ice water or whatever you can to help beat the heat.
Many public buildings and private properties are not able to accommodate visitors. Watch for signs and don’t trespass.
July through October is peak wildfire season in Oregon, so please be vigilant about extinguishing and disposing of cigarettes. Know fire risks and respect fire restrictions, including campfire bans. Avoid parking or driving on dry grass, as your vehicle can spark a wildfire. To help us prevent wildfires and protect our natural landscapes, be responsible and report wildfires immediately by dialing 911.
Photo Credit: Joni Kabana