Facts on Blue Mountain, Oregon

Facts on Blue Mountain, Oregon
The Blue Mountains are located on the northeastern side of Oregon, spreading slightly into southeastern Washington. For those wishing to experience the splendor of the mountain range, the Blue Mountains Byway, about 115 miles long, is a way to see it from your vehicle. It begins at the North Fork John Day Campground Junction heading out on Forest Road 53 west, and it ends at the Columbia River.


There are some great rivers, ponds, creeks and lakes in which to fish within the Blue Mountains area. Big Creek has redband and brook trout with flyfishing at its best. Bull Prairie Lake offers brook and rainbow trout. Ellis Pond is stocked with spring rainbow trout.



Hiking abounds in the Blue Mountains. Some take 30 minutes while others can take several days. The Alder Creek Trail is a difficult three-mile hike, taking up to 2½ hours. Thte Arch Rock Trail, a third of a mile long, is fairly easy, taking a half-hour.


Rafting or kayaking is possible on the white waters of the Grande Ronde River or the Snake River in Hell's Canyon (the deepest gorge in the Blue Mountains and in all of North America).


There are plenty of camping sites and RV parks throughout the Blue Mountains area. Prairie City, Baker City, Ukiah and John Day offer many sites for "roughing it."


If you love the outdoors during the day, but prefer a bit more luxury lodging, there are chalets, cabins, inns, lodges and discount motels throughout the area.


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