Wild and scenic are the two words that apply and it all spells love for the great outdoors. Whether you’re hiking, cycling, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, camping, caravanning, chasing birds, chasing history or simply enjoying the view on the way to Hotel Condon, the high desert and John Day River territory are perfect examples for considering Oregon a “Pacific Wonderland”. The area attractions are abundant. Here are a few of our favorites:

 

Cottonwood Canyon

Approx. 30 minutes drive from Hotel Condon.

8,000+ acres of State Park. Enjoy hiking, biking, and equestrian trails as well as fishing, boating, hunting, and camping. Reservable picnic shelter and day use area. Lone Tree Campground offers potable water and toilets.

the painted hills

Approx. 1 hr and 30 minutes drive from Hotel Condon.

Magnificent geography that is bound to pique or satisfy your interest in geology. The colors change due to moisture level and light refraction. In other words, you’re going to need more than one trip to contemplate this awe inspiring ancient wonder.

ThirtyMile Creek and the john day river

Approx. 30-45 minutes drive from Hotel Condon.

Behold impossible wild beauty. The John Day river is the second longest free flowing river in the U.S. One of its cold water tributaries, Thirtymile creek is an important conservationist habitat for wild summer steelhead and wild spring Chinook salmon. Fish also for redband rainbow and bull trout, as well as smallmouth bass. Fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and camping are all available in designated areas. For the best home style pie available for sale, stop in the cafe at Service Creek Outfitters on the John Day, 38686 HWY 19 Fossil. Tastes even better after a swim at the public swimming area 1 mile south.

Hunting

Deer, Elk, Chuckar, Pheasant, Quail, Wild Turkey, and more. Hunting is a local tradition and many tourists have traveled far to join in. Much of the land surrounding Condon has been privately owned for a century or more but there are increasingly more public spaces available. If you would like more information or help finding guides we can put you in touch with the right people.

cycling

Eastern Oregon is the place to be for biking enthusiasts. The open road is here with endless sage steppe views in every direction! For bicyclists, Oregon is the first state in the nation to have designated official scenic bikeways. Try the Old West Scenic Bikeway.

Condon and Gilliam County

Condon has a long and storied past from first nation territory to the free range cattle ranches and wheat fields of today. Learn more at the Gilliam County Museum open May- October. Experience the present day culture at annual events like Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July or the Robbie Burns Celebration in January. Make like a local and head to Country Flowers for shopping and refreshments. Relax and recuperate with a treatment at Sage and Stone Spa. In fair weather enjoy the community pool or one of our three local golf courses; Condon Municipal Golf Course, China Creek Golf Course and Kinzua Hills Golf Club.

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