Wallowa County

Posted on Sep 2, 2008


I spent a long Labor Day weekend in Wallowa County which is in the very rural Northeastern corner of Oregon.  On the drive out, we stopped at the Stonehenge in Maryhill, WA.  This Stonehenge was built to scale after WWI to commemorate the men from the area who died in battle. 


Not having seen the real one, this one is still very impressive and such a great attraction to have in our area.


We also toured the Maryhill Museum, which was built by Sam Hill.  He also built Stonehenge.  It's amazing to see such amazing art in such a rural environment.


The scariest part of our adventure was riding the Wallowa Tram.  It's the steepest tram in North America and the ride is 15 minutes long.  My husband and I are not fans of heights; I know I held my breath a lot on the trip.  The views from the top were spectacular.  We hiked the top of Mt Howard for a couple of miles.  Every view was better than the last.


We also rented a paddle boat and had a mellow couple of hours on the Wallowa River.


We were in Nez Perce country and had the opportunity to visit Chief Joseph's grave.  It was interesting to see all the momentos that were left at his grave. 


We took a day trip to Imnaha which is a tiny town about 30 miles from Joseph.  The landscape was incredible.  I seemed to be saying "this is so beautiful" around every bend in the road. 


We were blessed with a beautiful day.  It was just stunning.



There weren't that many plants around this late in the summer, but I did have to look out for these suckers.  I didn't want to get stuck by these thorns. 


  1. Some people look at the landscape in Eastern Oregon and think it’s stark and barren. But I’ve always loved it.
    I’d love to take the Wallowa Mountain Tram again someday. It’s one of the best views in the whole state.

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  2. OMG! Faux Stonehenge! Maryhill Museum! Memories! Didn’t they have an exhibition of Augusten Renoir’s sculptures? Maybe I’m making that memory up. :)
    I really like the water in that picture!

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  3. Great photos, Jolie – I have never been to that part of our state. I really need to check it out!

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