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Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

65068 Old Oregon Trail Hwy

Perched near the summit of the Blue Mountains, Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area offers visitors an opportunity to camp and explore a popular pioneer stop over along the Oregon Trail. The park is nestled in an old-growth forest.  Camp in the campground, or bring your horse and camp in the reservable horse camp.  Picnic among towering trees or bring your group for overnight or daytime activities in our community building. For those that are not fully equipped for traditional camping, rent one of our cabins for a warm, dry and comfortable stay.

Visit the Oregon Trail display in the park, take a stroll along the nature trail. Get your friends together and have a game at our full-size basketball court, baseball field and horseshoe pits or partake in an evening program at our amphitheater. Bring your inner tube for fun in the snow and enjoy a winter outing.

Use Emigrant Springs as a base camp to explore nearby attractions such as the Blue Mountain Crossing Oregon Trail interpretive park or the Pendleton Woolen Mills. Experience the life of Chinese emigrants of the 1800's in the Pendleton underground tours. Other destinations within easy driving distance of the park include the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City, the Union County Museum in Union, the Baker County Museum in Baker City, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, and the Pendleton Roundup.  Enjoy winter recreation at the Blue Mountain Crossing Nordic Ski park or bring your snowmobile and visit one of the many snow parks which give you access to hundreds of miles of trails on two National Forests.


Karen Fortson

Saturday, June 30, 2018
We were only there for one night, so did not have time to really take advantage of the beautiful surrounding. We did walk the dogs on one of the many trails through the lush forest. Only negative is that we were in an RV site near the highway. Would love to come back and rent one of the cabins- they looked charming and are more nestled in the forest.

jed pittman

Monday, June 25, 2018
It's a nice little park and easy stop on the way to somewhere else. Doubtful This is the main stop though. Better signage and ameneties would have earned a 5 star. And as always, Enjoy!

Tyson Tam

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Pros- This campground is beautiful and shaded. The restrooms are clean and there are showers too. Cons - If you are looking for a place that is monitored and micro-managed by camp hosts and rangers then this is the place for you. We have 2 labs and they had to be on leashes at ALL times. Our dogs have always stayed on our site and are very friendly. We let them off the leash to go to the bathroom and got harassed by the rangers and camp hosts. From first thing in the morning until bedtime they were driving by every 30 minutes. If you take a dog make sure you never ever, not even for a minute take their leash off. If you have any kids under the age of 16 please make sure if you take a bike or scooter that they have a helmet. If you do not have a helmet the hosts and rangers will not let the kids ride. We normally take a helmet but forgot it on this trip so we told our sons to ride right in front of our campsite and the next one. They were not allowed at all. We left after one night as we have never been harassed like this before. Then their constant driving by in their trucks and golf carts was just so excessive that it was not quiet or relaxing at all. We have been to so many campgrounds in Idaho and Oregon.....and this is our first horrible camping experience.

Dale Eagar

Friday, June 29, 2018
I love history, and this road trip I'm checking as many Oregon Trail sites as possible. This was the first wooded stop pioneers had after leaving the Snake River at Farewell Bend.

Justyn Simon

Saturday, May 19, 2018
I had a great time camping here. The traffic from the high was the only thing I didn't like. The amenities there for camping was a bit more than I'm used to when camping, which was a plus. Water fountains were everywhere. The pit toilet I used had a light.

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