Inn At Juniper Ridge
Things To See And Do
I also wanted to mention how much we appreciated your knowledge, Mary, and especially that of "Norbert the Native" about the eastern Oregon area. It was fascinating to learn of its history. geology and archeological points of interest. The only thing we missed was our float trip down the John Day river so be warned..."We'll be BACK" - John Kerekanich
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Our birder friends are quite entertained just sitting on the deck observing the various species, including: golden eagles, Mosquito hawks, jays, bluebirds grosbeaks, shrikes, meadowlarks and many more.
Do allow time to enjoy our property. Our thousand acres of nature are yours to enjoy. You can walk the roads or hike the hills. Watch out, you may encounter chucker, quail, deer or coyotes. Our domestic residents include llamas and cattle. Starry Evenings are almost guaranteed as we have few clouds and no light pollution.
A drive into the John Day Valley brings to mind scenes of John Wayne movies. Grant County has a colorful history of gold mining, cattle ranching and logging. Dinosaur fossils and geologic markers tell of time before man.
Maps and more details about the listings below are available at the Grant County Chamber of Commerce or if you wish, call the numbers below. Norbert is quite willing and able to help you plan your excusions to satisfy your interests.
The 1.7 million acre Malheur National Forest (541 575 3000) is located in the Blue Mountains . The diverse scenery of this forest includes high desert grasslands, sage and juniper, pine, fir and other tree species, and the hidden gems of alpine lakes and meadows. Elevations vary from about 4000 feet (1200 meters) to the 9038 foot (2754 meters) top of Strawberry Mountain. The Strawberry Mountain range extends east to west through the center of the Forest.
The Strawberry Mountain Wilderness Area alone inclues thirty trails covering 125 miles. Wild flowers and butterflies abound. Check out photos of our hikes into this pristine alpine area.
The John Day Fossil Beds National Monument includes 14,000 acres of some of best fossil beds in the world. Many of the fossils harvested to date are on display at the The Thomas Condon Paleontology center(541 987 2333)
The Museum loop includes The Kam Wah Chung & CO. Museum which gives an insight into the role of the Chinese in Canyon City during the gold rush. 541 575 2800
Magone Lake is thirteen miles from our driveway. This mountain lake is a personal favorite of ours. We walk the path around the lake and use the ramp to put our boat in to catch brook and rainbow trout. Picnicing and swimming are summer activities. Ice fishing is a great winter activity if the snow allows one to drive to the lake.
There are over 800 miles of trails developed for snowmobiles and ATV's in Grant County.
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