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Quick Facts
Designation: Oregon State Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: You must always pay to camp. Fees range.
Length, One-Way: 130 Miles (216.67 Kilometers)
Time: 3 hours to 3 days


General Information

Description - Apart from remarkable scenery, this byway is known for its diversity: charming towns, a majestic national forest, rocky peaks, and wild rivers.

The southern (first) half climbs through a majestic national forest, in which wildlife roam and you can do all kinds of 'outdoorsy' things: hiking, snowmobiling, camping, horse riding, etc.

The northern (second) half is dotted with charming towns and winds through agricultural hills. The route has a grand finale: coming suddenly upon the kingly Columbia River.

Attractions - The Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Recreation - Recreational oppertunitys along Blue Mountain Scenic Byway include; hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, historic sites, picnicking and snowmobiling.

Climate - Climate in this region changes drastically with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.

Location - Blue Mountain Scenic Byway is located in northern Oregon. the byway starts at the North Fork John Day campground junction, 10 miles north of Granite. At this junction, take Forest Road 53 west to start the Blue Mtn. Scenic Byway. Ride FR 53 northwest for about 65 miles until you hit Heppner. Take SR 74 northwest for about 50 miles until you come to I-84 and the Columbia River. This is the end of the byway.

Directions from :

  • This byway picks up at one end of the Elkhorn Scenic Byway. It starts at the North Fork John Day campground junction, 10 miles north of Granite. At this junction, take Forest Road 53 west to start the Blue Mtn. Scenic Byway.
  • Ride FR 53 northwest for about 65 miles until you hit Heppner.
  • Take SR 73 northwest for about 50 miles until you come to I-84 and the Columbia River. This is the end of the byway.


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Recreation Opportunities
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Additional Information:
Oregon Scenic Byways - Oregon offers a multitude of national, state, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and National Forest byways. These byways include five National Scenic Byways and three All-American Roads.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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