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Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

Near Pendleton, Oregon, United States

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Park Overview

Near the summit of the Blue Mountains, Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area preserves a site where travelers on the Oregon Trail once replenished their water supplies. Now visitors find a refreshing place to camp in a mature forest between Pendleton and La Grande.

Year-round Camping

Some campsites and all cabins are open year-round. Note that park roads are often snow-covered or icy in winter. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. 

  • 16 full hookup sites
  • Five sites open year-round (water available only at restroom/shower building in winter)
  • 1 electrical site with water (closed in winter)
  • 32 tent sites with water nearby (closed in winter)
  • Hot showers and flush toilets
  • Horse camp with seven sites (closed in winter)
  • Six rustic log cabins open year round (four pet-friendly)
  • Duplex cabin (Totem)
  • Group tent camp (closed in winter)
  • Universal Access: Tent site A19 is accessible to campers with disabilities.

Year-round Cabin Comforts

Emigrant Springs’ duplex totem cabin and six rustic log cabins offer a cozy overnight camping experience. The totem cabin has two separate units that sleep five each. The rustic cabins also sleep up to five. Cabins are equipped with a small refrigerator, table with chairs, lights and heating. Outside you’ll find a propane stove and oven. Visit our Cabins and Yurts page for details.

Up to two pets (cats and/or dogs only) are allowed in the pet-friendly cabins for an additional fee. See our Pets in Parks FAQ for more information.

Groups Welcome

The group tent camping area accommodates up to 25 guests and can be reserved spring to fall up to six months in advance via oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com.

The Camper’s Clubhouse in South Loop is open seasonally to all campers. Inside, campers will find a variety of family-friendly activities, nature-themed books, brochures and maps for local attractions, and plenty of space to enjoy time together. Parking is extremely limited, so please plan accordingly.

Visit with your Horse

The horse camp north of the day-use area has seven campsites with corrals. Each corral accommodates two horses. The camp is also a trailhead for an equestrian trail that meanders behind the park. 

Explore the Oregon Trail

Learn about the adventures of early settlers from the park’s Oregon Trail interpretive shelter and covered wagon display. Emigrant Springs is near an original section of the trail. Wagon trains camped in the vicinity for several days and replenished their water barrels from the spring.

Oregon Trail wagon ruts can be seen at Deadman’s Pass Rest Area seven miles northwest of Emigrant Springs, on I-84, and at the U.S. Forest Service Oregon Trail Interpretive Park. Continue your exploration at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City.

Nearby Attractions

Pendleton is the home of the famous Pendleton Round-Up. Other local attractions include the Pendleton Underground Tours, the Pendleton Woolen Mills, and the nearby Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, a museum focused on the tribes that inhabited this area.

Explore hundreds of miles of trails in two national forests: Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman.

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Call park: 541-983-2277
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Questions

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How do I rent a cabin at Emigrant Springs?

Call 800-452-5687 or book online at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Reservations are accepted one day to six months in advance. 

How do I rent the Community Building?

Call the park office at (541) 983-2277 for availability and an application.  Reservations are made up to 6 months in advance.  Full payment is due with your return application.  The Community Building rental is $150 per day and the rental period is from 9:00 AM to 8:00 AM the next morning (23 hours). There is bench seating & tables for 150 - 200 people. The Community Building must be left in the condition you found it, or a minimum cleaning fee of $100 may be charged.    There is an additional $8 reservation fee for each booking. 

Can I sleep inside the Community Building

Not at this time.  There are no overhead fire sprinklers, which is a requirement for a community sleeping area. There is a primitive group camp just outside the community building for tent camping.  A limited amount of RV's are allowed in the Community Building parking lot overnight, but there are no hookups.  Overnight camping next to the Community Building is charged at $10 per night for up to 8 people per tent or RV.  Campers are welcome to use the main shower facilities in the lower camping area of the park.

Does the park have programs for school groups?

Yes. Call the park office at 541-983-2277 to schedule an interpretive program on Environmental Education.

What's the difference between a Rustic cabin and a Totem cabin?

The Rustic cabins are larger and have a few amenities that the Totem cabins don't have:  Rustic cabins sleep 5, have a table & chairs and a mini-fridge inside with a propane cook top and stove out on the porch.  The Totem cabins are a duplex that sleep 3 as a double bed with a single bunk on top.  Both types of cabins have picnic tables and a fire pit outside. 

Is the park open year-round?

The park is open year-round for camping and day-use. Roads may be icy or snow-packed Dec-April.

All cabins, five full hookup sites, and one restrrom/shower building are open year-round. Tent campsites, the horse camp, and the group tent camp all close for the winter.  

For more questions, review our statewide FAQ

History

This park was acquired from private owners between 1925 and 1970. Extensive day-use developments were made in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the early 1950s, overnight camp facilities were added.

In January 1812, trappers and traders of the Astor overland expedition, under the leadership of Wilson Price Hunt, crossed the Blue Mountains in this vicinity, thus establishing the route later used by Oregon Trail emigrants. In the 1880s, the trail was replaced by the Oregon Railway and Navigation Company (now Union Pacific) railroad, which reaches the mountain summit of Meacham a few miles to the south of the park. During the construction of I-84 in the 1950s, one could still find artifacts on the Oregon Trail in the gulch south of the park.

Brochures and Maps

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