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Gilliam County

Wheat, Wind, Waves… Eastern Oregon’s Columbia Plateau meets the Columbia and John Day Rivers


Located on the majestic Columbia River two hours east of Portland, Arlington is a safe, friendly community perfect for those looking to slow down and savor the little things in life.

The laid-back pace, friendly folks and big skies encourage visitors and residents to unplug, unwind, and take in the peace and serenity of Oregon’s natural beauty. With the ideal riverfront location, Arlington is a gateway to adventure, both on water and dry land.


Sherman County

Explore our deep canyons, campsites, and parks along the John Day, Columbia, and Deschutes rivers. Follow the Oregon Trail from river crossing to river crossing. And enjoy spectacular mountain views from the ridges.

There's something for everyone in Sherman County, Oregon.

  • Find the Mid-Columbia Producers' Cooperative grain storage/shipping facilities at Biggs, including rail and barge.
  • Travel the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway on Hwy 97.
  • See the Oregon Trail monument west of Biggs on Highway 30 (sign & monument).
Grass Valley

Wheeler County

Discovery Wheeler County, dig for Fossil, fishing, rafting, hiking, camping, photography and star gazing are among the many fun and educational activities that abound here.


Centrally located to all three units of the world-renowned John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Fossil is a gateway for tourist exploration of the entire John Day River Territory. Our community is located along the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway, which boasts pristine fossil and geologic resources, Old West culture, charming small towns, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Welcoming and inviting, Fossil features small town charm, nearly nonexistent crime and quality services. We are constantly working to improve the livability of our community — strengthening our schools, investing in infrastructure, and supporting new and existing businesses. To catch up on the latest happenings, visit our Agendas & Minutes page. Entrepreneurs and business owners should also visit our Doing Business Here page for more information on local resources available for businesses looking to start or expand their operations in Fossil.