John Day River Territory
The John Day River Territory encompasses four counties who share the John Day River: Gilliam, Grant, Sherman and Wheeler Counties. The four counties work together to provide visitors with a distinctly Eastern Oregon experience; one filled with historic hotels, excellent dining, award-winning museums, quaint communities, dude ranches, one-of-a-kind attractions, and our unique brand of pioneer hospitality.
Cyclists will also find car-free roads, bike-friendly businesses, and stunning scenery.
For motorcycle enthusiasts, our roads' twists and turns are the stuff of dreams.
And, did we mention, the John Day River Territory is home to the Painted Hills, one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon, and the world-famous John Day Fossil Beds National Monument too?
Ready to start planning your John Day River Territory adventure?
Start by checking out this great Communities Powered by Tourism video, which provides a glimpse of the special people and places that make up this region. The video was awarded "Best Short Film for Responsible Tourism" during the World Responsible Tourism Awards in London in Fall 2014.
Then click on a link below to view our favorite trip ideas for making the most of your time in the John Day River Territory.
Visiting the Painted Hills (One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon)
Whoever named the 7 Wonders of the World must have never wondered what the world used to be like. If they had, they surely would have traveled to the Painted Hills, where you can see millions of years of history revealed in the layers of mountains of earth, one color at a time.We invite you to experience this Oregon Wonder, as well as the other wonders of the John Day River Territory.
Journey Through the Wild West
There’s a place where cowboys and Native Americans aren’t just characters in old western movies; where cattle drives, campfire stories, and endless star-studded skies are part of everyday life. Here in the John Day River Territory, we live history every day, and we’re eager to share it with you. So pack your spurs and hit the road for a chance to experience the Wild West as it really was.
Natural Wonders Tour
From snowcapped mountains to prehistoric fossil beds, the John Day River Territory is as diverse as it is beautiful. The Natural Wonders Tour showcases this natural beauty and includes majestic peaks, powerful rivers, rugged canyons, multicolored hills, and friendly communities in between. It’s the perfect journey for those who want to trade in life’s hustle and bustle for a few days of peace, serenity, and awe-inspiring views.
Nature Lovers Tour
With our lush forests, pristine lakes, rugged canyons, and awe-inspiring mountain peaks, the John Day River Territory is the perfect escape for nature lovers. The Nature Lovers Tour provides plenty of opportunities to hike, fish, swim, and explore the natural beauty that marks this region. Get ready for roaring campfires, mountain hikes, evenings under star-studded skies, and a sampling of Eastern Oregon’s famed hospitality.
Journey Through Time Motorcycle Tour
Contrary to popular belief, Eastern Oregon isn’t just for cowboys and ranchers. Here in the John Day River Territory, you’re just as likely to hear the roar of a motorcycle echoing down our canyons and through our pristine landscape. The Journey Through Time Tour is all about curves; zigzagging past brilliant, color-washed Painted Hills, historic ghost towns and maybe a cattle drive or two. So rev up your engine and come for a visit, scenic roadways, friendly communities, and jaw-dropping curves await.
Bicycle Routes & Resources
There’s a place where traffic-free roads meet Eastern Oregon’s spectacular natural beauty and famed hospitality. Gilliam County and the John Day River Territory is a haven for bicyclists in the know, a place where two wheel is spoken fluently. This page is for visitors who prefer to explore the region on two wheels.