Welcome to Baker County, Oregon!

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Located in scenic Northeast Oregon, at the intersection of three Oregon Scenic Byways, and surrounded by the Wallowa Mountains, Hells Canyon, and the Elkhorn Mountains, Baker County offers unparalleled access to outdoor adventures of all kinds.

Experience small town Americana at its best in historic Baker City. The vibrant downtown boasts more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to countless restaurants, galleries, and local independent retail shops.

Explore the scenic byways and back roads of this beautiful corner of Oregon. Discover small town charm and hospitality in Halfway, Sumpter, Huntington, Haines, Unity and Richland.

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, and more than two dozen Oregon Century Farms.

Start planning your Baker County, adventure today.

Featured Spotlights

Local Flavor Makers Reinventing Baker City – Explorer Sue

With just a cursory look at the restaurants, breweries, wine/cheesemakers, and distilled spirit producers, it’s easy to see that Baker City, Oregon has become a true farm-to-table destination.

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Meet the Makers: Experience in Halfway, Oregon with Explorer Sue

Meeting local growers, farmers, and culinary flavor makers in Halfway Oregon with Explorer Sue

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Outdoor Summer Concerts On The Lawn

Live Music returns to Baker City starting June 5th with the Ison House Summer Concerts on the Lawn series

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Introducing the Trailhead Stewardship Project

With the increase in outdoor recreation tourism to Baker County, combined with local recreation enthusiasts, it becomes imperative to provide a source of accurate and on-the-ground information to help relay conditions, amenities, and directions for area trails/trailheads

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Spotlight: Brian Vegter X Travelyr

Join Dan Sizer from Go Wild America Adventures in the studio with Local Baker City artist Brian Vegter Watch the complete video on YouTube Archive

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Spotlight: The Sumpter Valley Railroad

Tag along with Grant McOmie for a ride through the Elkhorn Mountains on the historic Sumpter Valley Railroad “The beauty of travel is the unexpected treasure you’ll often find along…

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Spotlight: Baker City Culinary Walking Tour

Enjoy a culinary tour of downtown Baker City’s award winning restaurants, breweries, wine makers, and distilleries. Our local restaurants and culinary makers are working harder than ever before to offer…

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Whether you're looking for a luxurious boutique hotel in the heart of downtown, a rustic cabin in the mountains, a romantic bed and breakfast, or a trusted hotel brand, you'll find plenty of lodging options in Baker County.

Places to GO, Things to SEe

Take  an Urban Safari in  Downtown Baker City 

This annual outdoor public art display by local business  Art Roamers features a wide array of metal sculptures of African wildlife throughout Baker City's award winning downtown.

The African theme and life size scale of the sculptures scattered around the beautifully restored historic architecture of downtown, makes this a one of a kind walking tour and a delightful way to spend a day exploring Baker City.

 

 

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers insights into pioneers’ lives along the trail with regularly scheduled interpretive experiences including indoor and outdoor exhibits.

While the center's indoor facilities are  is temporarily closed due to current COVID 19 restrictions, They have moved much of their interpretive programming outside.

An information table is staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A "Going for Gold" Ranger program is offered at 9:30 a.m. and "Oregon Fever" Ranger programs at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Special performances for August include:

  • Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 12-15 -- Mike Follin will present Dr. Balthasar’s Traveling Medicine Show at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the center porch.
  • Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 21-22 and 28-29 -- Nimiipuu Experience, interactive storytelling, song, drum, and dance from the Nez Perce, at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the center porch.

The center’s pet-friendly 4.2-mile trail system remains open to the public seven days a week, offering waystations and interpretive signage, and intersecting the ruts of the original Oregon Trail at several points.

For more information about the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, including upcoming programming and current COVID 19 precautions,  click HERE.

Enjoy an outdoor Concert  

Baker County  is home to numerous award winning music festivals and hosts several outdoor concert series each summer including:

The Powder River Music Review Sunday afternoons throughout the summer in Baker City's Geiser Pollman Park.

The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center's Saturday Evening Concerts and Pioneer Performances on Saturday Evenings throughout the summer in Geiser Pollman Park.

The Ison House Bed and Brew's Summer Concerts on the Lawn featuring an eclectic mix of bands from throughout the Northwest.  Concert schedule varies for latest updates and upcoming performances visit the Ison House website at the link above.

And last but not least the summer music festival season wraps up the weekend after Labor Day  in Halfway  Oregon with Pine Fest named Oregon's Best Music Festival in 2018

Getting to Baker County Oregon

Baker County is located in the northeast corner of Oregon, four hours east of Portland, or two hours west of Boise, Idaho, along Interstate 84.  For those who prefer taking the scenic route, Baker County is also at the intersection of three Oregon Scenic Byways including the Elkhorn Scenic Byway, Hells Canyon Scenic Byway and Journey Through Time Scenic Byway.

If you're traveling by air, Portland and Boise are our two closest major airports.

 

News and Upcoming Events

Local Flavor Makers Reinventing Baker City – Explorer Sue

September 10, 2021

With just a cursory look at the restaurants, breweries, wine/cheesemakers, and distilled spirit producers, it’s easy to see that Baker City, Oregon has become a true farm-to-table destination.

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Labor Day Weekend Events in Baker County

September 1, 2021

A fun and festive Labor Day Weekend ahead in Baker County with lots of great small-town events and family fun throughout the County.
Wrap up summer and start September with some great family fun at these end of summer celebrations including a wagon encampment, Fair and Rodeo, outdoor concerts and more.
Follow the event website links for more information including complete schedules, ticketing information and latest COVID guidelines

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Meet the Makers: Experience in Halfway, Oregon with Explorer Sue

August 30, 2021

Meeting local growers, farmers, and culinary flavor makers in Halfway Oregon with Explorer Sue

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100th Baker County Fair and Panhandle Rodeo Labor Day Weekend

August 13, 2021

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
special performances for August include:
• Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 12-15 — Mike Follin will present Dr. Balthasar’s Traveling Medicine Show at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the center porch.
• Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 21-22 and 28-29 — Nimiipuu Experience, interactive storytelling, song, drum, and dance from the Nez Perce, at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the center porch.

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Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Outdoor Programing Continues

August 9, 2021

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
special performances for August include:
• Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 12-15 — Mike Follin will present Dr. Balthasar’s Traveling Medicine Show at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the center porch.
• Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 21-22 and 28-29 — Nimiipuu Experience, interactive storytelling, song, drum, and dance from the Nez Perce, at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the center porch.

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Baker County 4th of July Festivities

July 1, 2021

4th of July festivities through out Baker County including the Haines Stampede Rodeo, Sumpter Flea Market, Fireworks in Haines and Halfway , outdoor concerts and more

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