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Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

  COVID-19 Alert 05/11/20
Effective May 11, 2020 the day-use area is open. Restroom to open May 12. Horse camp, community building and campground remain closed. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. Bring your own water, food and hand sanitizer. Do not travel far to visit.
Check our Park Status Map for a list of open parks and our FAQ page for details on this decision.
Major Features & Activities:
  • Camping (ADA)
  • Reservable
  • Cabin (ADA)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Wildlife
  • Horse Trails
  • Open Year Round
  • Restrooms Flush (ADA)
  • Hot Shower (ADA)
  • Exhibit Information (ADA)
  • Cabins/Yurts Pets OK (ADA)
  • Amphitheater


The park is open with reduced services:

  • Community building CLOSED to new reservations; park will honor existing reservations.
  • Morel day-use shelter CLOSED to new reservations; park will honor existing reservations
  • Reduced trash service. Please, pack out trash.
  • Do not travel far to visit. Be prepared to turn around if crowded. 
  • Facilities may close without notice.


Beginning July 1, accepting reservations up to 30 days in advance at Note the following reduced services:

  • 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) OPEN
  • Six rustic log cabins open year round (four pet-friendly) OPEN
  • Duplex cabin (Totem) CLOSED to new reservations; honoring existing reservations
  • Group tent camp (closed in winter)
  • Universal Access: Tent site A19 is accessible to campers with disabilities.

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 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 can be reserved spring to fall by calling 800-452-5687.

Groups can reserve the community building by calling the park office at 541-983-2277. The building includes both kitchen and dining accommodations. Kitchen shelters are also available in the park’s forested picnic area. 

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.