History Meets Adventure in Baker County, Oregon

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Ready for an authentic American adventure? Baker County is the place to be.

Known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and boundless outdoor adventures, Baker County beckons travellers to explore this charming haven’s hidden gems and natural wonders.

Stories of the Past

For history enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike, visiting the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is a must. Situated across 500 acres of pristine land under the careful stewardship of the Bureau of Land Management, this centre is a journey through time. Visitors can step into the shoes of the brave pioneers who traversed the Oregon Trail and follow their journeys of trials and triumphs. Housing a treasure trove of exhibits and captivating displays that share vivid stories of the challenges faced by the pioneers, you’ll feel as though you’re watching history come to life.

Open year-round, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center invites visitors to delve into history from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during spring, summer, and fall and from Thursday through Sunday during winter.

But the adventure doesn’t end indoors. Explore more than six kilometres of interpretive hiking trails that wind through the rugged landscape, offering a connection to the past that you can feel with each step. With stories of the past guiding your trail, imagine yourself as part of history, forging paths that would shape the American West.

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Gateway to Adventure

Baker County may be small, but it’s big on adventure. With abundant natural wonders waiting to be explored, Baker County is the gateway to a playground of outdoor adventures.

Surrounded by the majestic Wallowa Mountains, the awe-inspiring Hells Canyon, and the rugged Elkhorn Mountains, Baker County has many hiking trails to explore, with plenty of flora and fauna to see along the way.

There are trails for all skill levels, like the family-friendly South Phillips Lake Trail, which has gorgeous views of the lake and Elkhorn mountains, or the challenging Twin Lakes Trail, where you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views and a chance to spot resident Mountain Goats.

Whether you’re an avid adventurer looking for an adventurous overnight backpacking trip or simply a relaxing walk in the woods, as long as you’ve got a good pair of hiking shoes, Baker County has the trail for you.

Small-Town Charm

Experience small-town Americana at its best in historic Baker City. Brimming with historical charm, the vibrant downtown boasts more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with stories and secrets around every corner. Wander through charming downtown streets lined with quaint shops, galleries, and eateries, each offering a taste of local culture and hospitality.

Discover the region’s rich pioneer and Gold Rush history on display at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, the Baker Heritage Museum, the Sumpter Valley Railroad, and the Sumpter Valley Dredge State Park, as well as more than two dozen Oregon Century Farms.

Venture off the beaten path and discover the scenic byways and back roads that wind through this picturesque corner of Oregon. From the peaceful town of Halfway to the historic remnants of Sumpter and the photo-worthy beauty of Huntington, each stop has opportunities for exploration and unforgettable memories.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveller, Travel Baker County is a valuable resource for discovering the best of Eastern Oregon. Find information on local attractions, events, lodging, and dining options, all available online and on social media.

Start planning your adventure today with Travel Baker County as your guide at travelbakercounty.com

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Located in the majestic northeast corner of Oregon, Baker County is bordered by the Wallowa Mountains, Hells Canyon, and the Elkhorn Mountains with some of the most picturesque scenery in all of Oregon and easy access to endless outdoor adventure.

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