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Pendleton Oregon and History

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Pendleton Oregon and History

Pendleton, Oregon a city of 16,354 in the 2000 census, sits in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The city center is built on the south bank of the Umatilla River, which runs roughly east and west through town. Pendleton’s motto is “The Real West,” and it prides itself on its agricultural and ranching past. It is home to the Pendleton Woolen Mills, which originally made blankets for trade with nearby Native Americans, and the Pendleton Round-Up, one of the ten largest rodeos in the world.

The earliest commercial business in Pendleton dates to 1851, when Dr. William C. McKay (pronounced mack-EYE) established a trading post at the confluence of McKay Creek and the Umatilla River. A post office, Marshall Station, was established in 1865. The community was later renamed Pendleton after George H. Pendleton, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate of 1864, and was incorporated on October 25, 1880.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Pendleton was home to a large population of Chinese laborers who had come to work on the railroads. An underground tour is a popular tourist attraction, where visitors are led into basements of downtown businesses where opium dens, illegal gaming parlors, and a Chinese laundry were purported to have existed during the 1890s. Take the Pendleton Underground Tours and see it for yourself!

From its early beginnings, Pendleton was a railhead that served as a shipping point for the wool industry, which included the many sheep ranches in the area and the Pendleton Woolen Mills, originally a wool-scouring plant. Early on, the company began producing blankets for trade with Native Americans, and it eventually expanded its offerings to include clothing. Pendleton blankets are now prized for their quality and distinctive designs.

The Pendleton Round-Up  Sept. 14-17  2011 is an annual event that can quadruple the town’s population. Occurring in the second full week in September, the Round-Up features four days of rodeo; two parades, including one that prohibits motorized vehicles or rubber tires; a concert; and the Happy Canyon Indian Pageant, which bills itself as the “Epic Drama of the West.” The Round-Up is known for including Native American participants in a powwow dance competition, the Indian Village, Happy Canyon princesses, and the American Indian Beauty Pageant. One of the larger-than-life figures from Pendleton’s colorful history is Sheriff Tillman “Til” Taylor, one of the founders of the Round-Up. He was shot to death in a jailbreak in 1920, and a park in downtown Pendleton bears his name.

Pendleton also has its place in Oregon literature, providing the setting for Craig Lesley’s Winterkill and likely the setting for H.L Davis’s short story, “Old Man Isbell’s Wife.” Last Go Round: A Real Western, by Ken Kesey and Ken Babb, is a fictionalized account of the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up and its legendary ending in which three cowboys—Jackson Sundown, a Nez Perce; George Fletcher, an African American; and John Spain, a Caucasian—tied for the all-around championship. When Spain won the tie-breaker, there was a general uproar from the crowd, which believed the results were skewed. Reportedly, Sheriff Taylor took up a collection from the crowd by tearing up pieces of Fletcher’s hat and selling them. He then awarded the money to Fletcher as the people’s champion.

Pendleton benefits from its proximity to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. CTUIR operates the Wild Horse Casino and golf course; the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, an interpretive center that tells the story of the effects of the Oregon Trail from the Native American perspective (the only one of its kind); and Nixya’awii, a charter school that is focused on Native American culture, native languages, and the tribal community. Nixya’awii was the Oregon charter school of the year in 2006-2007. Crow’s Shadow, an institute for the arts, was co-founded by painter James Lavadour (Walla Walla/Chinook), a Pendleton native. CTUIR also administers Wildhorse Foundation, a philanthropic agency that supports projects in northeast Oregon. While the city of Pendleton shares a border with the reservation, CTUIR has its own government and laws.

Pendleton serves as a cultural center for eastern Oregon, with two symphony orchestras, a strings program in the public schools (the only one in eastern Oregon), a thriving arts center, and Blue Mountain Community College. Many touring bands (mostly alternative and bluegrass) stop on their way from Portland to Boise to play at the Great Pacific in downtown Pendleton. Pendleton is also home to the Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility, a medium security adult-male correctional facility. The business district has undergone recent revitalization, anchored by the Hamley Building, an award-winning restoration of one of Pendleton’s earliest saddle-making establishments, and The Prodigal Son Brewery, which has resurrected Pendleton’s early brewing tradition.


Tips for Buying or Selling Your Home in Oregon part 5


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If you want to get maximum value out of the home you buy, whether it’s brand new or used, make sure it’s properly landscaped. Good landscaping can enhance the appearance of  a new home in Pendleton and make it look “established.” It can compliment the architecture and provide a pleasant environment for outdoor living. Landscaping can also help create privacy and reduce noise. Landscaping can act as a windbreak and can also keep the home cooler in hot weather.

Good landscaping can often increase by 10 or 15 percent the price you can get when you sell the property in Pendleton.

But do remember that a good landscaping job can cost a lot of money. If you want a lot more than the minimum that builders usually provide, think about having the builder coordinate with a landscape architect to install it when you buy a home in Pendleton, add it to the cost of the home and then you can pay it off over the length of the mortgage rather than parting with a lot of cash at the outset. 


You own a rental property in Pendleton that has appreciated over double in value. Now, you want to buy another property in Pendleton that has about the same current value. Would it make more sense to sell the first property and then buy the second?

Not really unless you want to pay unneeded capital gains tax. It would be wiser to consider a tax-free swap. In this way, you would not have to pay any gains tax on the big profit you’ll make on the original property. In fact, you could keep the excess cash you receive over the deposit you’ll need for the second Pendleton property as a tax-free gift from Uncle Sam. A swap is a swap and not a sale.

You can only exchange like properties (like rental property for rental property) not an apartment house for a yacht or a private residence. Also, you must find a new property in Pendleton within 45 days and buy it within 180 days. Make sure you have professional real estate and legal help. An exchange is not for amateurs.


Some first-time Pendleton home buyers (actually 20 percent) are fortunate enough to buy their first homes in Pendleton with help from their parents. In these cases, parents typically provide half the down payment for would-be homeowners who otherwise would not have savings and incomes large enough to qualify for a mortgage.

Parents tend to make a gift rather than a loan in such cases because too much debt can count against prospective borrowers when qualifying for a Pendleton home loan. As long as the buyers ante up a fourth of the down payment, lenders don’t care if family generosity makes up the difference. However, they WILL ask for a gift letter, a simple document acknowledging that parents do not expect repayment.

On the other hand, if there is an actual LOAN being made from parent to child, it should be secured with the same sort of paperwork that a bank would use. That way, the interest repaid will be fully deductible as a home acquisition loan.


QUESTION: What effect does the present tax law have on capital gains tax when I sell my home in Pendleton?

ANSWER: It has a tremendous effect and it could not be better for the Pendleton homeowner. The latest tax law now allows homeowners to avoid paying taxes on the first $500,000 of profits in a home for joint filers, or on the first $250,000 of profits for single filers at the time they sell the home.

To make matters even better, a homeowner can use this $500,000 tax exemption repeatedly, as long as he or she lives in each house for at least two years.

If you are one of the few whose profit is over $500,000, there’s more good news. The top tax rate on capital gains has dropped from 28 percent to 20 percent. For those in the lowest tax bracket, it falls from 15 percent to 10 percent. The new tax look is here and it is great for Pendleton home sellers. 


Once you get a loan commitment, don’t take it for granted that you will get the loan. Since lenders take a risk when committing to a fixed-rate loan, they often put in conditions.

For example: a commitment can become null and void if the borrower fails to qualify, the appraisal falls short of the contract price, the loan isn’t closed before the commitment expires or a third party fails to provide necessary documents. To protect themselves against wide swings in interest rates, some lenders will insert a clause which releases them if rates change more than a certain amount. Often, fine print clauses allow the lender to back out should the original terms no longer be advantageous.

This is why it is extremely important that the buyer utilize the services of a real estate professional. Knowing what to look for, understanding the terminology and being able to explain every minor detail to clients is a valuable service Realtors can provide. 


Most first-time Pendleton home buyers are renters. As such, the best time to close on a home in Pendleton is when your current lease ends. Don’t sign another year-long lease if you expect to buy a home before the lease period expires. Doing so will end up with a dent in your pocketbook from writing rent and mortgage checks. If you can’t time your closing correctly, approach your landlord about a shorter lease – say, three to six months in length. One alternative is a month-to-month lease. You  may be able to ask your landlord to include an escape clause in your new lease that will allow you to get out of  your lease with 30 or 60 days’ notice.

Coming from a cramped rental, almost any home in Pendleotn will look good. Try to avoid jumping at the first house you see. Look at many to see what’s on the market. Inspect different types of homes in Pendleton including condos, duplexes, townhouses and single-family homes. Some objectivity should have returned. Now make your choice.


There are two truths about Pendleton home renovation: Every project costs more and takes longer than expected. So, before you start, keep your cost estimate high and remember the words, “Return on investment.” Whether you hire professionals or do the renovation yourself, be aware that your investment will not always result in dollar-for-dollar increase in the value of your Pendleton home. Although some homeowners do make a profit on their remodeling, history tells us that some Pendleton homeowners won’t even recover their costs.

Do your homework. Get estimates on the costs. Study the local real estate market to be sure you’re making improvements that Pendleton home buyers want and will pay for.

Don’t go overboard. Getting your money out of a house priced well above neighboring houses will be difficult. As a general rule, the value of the home AFTER renovation should not exceed the value of any house in your neighborhood by more than 20 percent.

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Tips for Buying or Selling Your Home in Oregon part 4

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Do you know what’s in your credit file? Your local credit bureau may have detailed information on your financial status which they sell to interested parties. When you apply for a mortgage loan, the bank will review your bill paying history as reflected in your credit file. Negative information, even if it’s wrong, can cause your application to be rejected – or at least questioned. Don’t wait until you NEED credit before checking out your credit history. Ask your bank how to find your credit bureau.

Under the Fair Credit reporting Act, you have the right to receive a copy of your credit report. There is normally a small charge ($5 to $15) unless you’ve been turned down within the last 30 days (in which case you can review your file for free.)

You can require the bureau to investigate any item which you think is incorrect or incomplete. It must correct all mistakes and notify anyone who recently looked at your file of any correction.


Buying a home in Pendleton has never been an easy task and it’s not getting any easier. Pendleton home values continue to increase faster than the cost of living. I see would-be buyers who have searched for months to find a “dream home” only to find out they could not qualify for a loan for that price house.

Ironically, it’s a heartache most buyers can avoid simply by doing a bit of arithmetic and talking with their Realtor or Lender BEFORE they start hunting for a new home. If you know how much the bank will lend you PRIOR to your Pendleton home hunting, you won’t waste time looking for a house you may not be able to afford.

I am familiar with the local bank and can recommend a loan officer to visit with. Bring your financial numbers along (assets, debits, gross income, expenses, etc.). You’ll get an estimate of how much the bank will lend you and have something solid to work with to look for a home that fits your budget.


If you think a 5 or 10-year auto loan is a long time to pay off a car, get ready for the 40-year mortgage. It’s just popping its head over the horizon now. Climbing real estate values are forcing some borrowers to stretch home loan payments beyond the conventional 15 or 30-year periods.

So far, these 40-year mortgages have caught on only in such high-priced real estate markets such as California, New York and Washington, D.C. However, if home prices continue upward, longer term mortgages may spread.

If the 40-year mortgage becomes more popular, it should be treated gingerly – as a last resort for folks anxious to own a home in Pendleton at any price. That crucially lower monthly payment may sometimes make the difference for certain buyers to qualify for a loan. However, you’ll pay for the opportunity with a decade of extra interest. This could be a lot – like $60,000 on a $100,000 loan.


All lenders must now meet disclosure requirements for adjustable rate mortgages (ARMS). Among these are: an historical example of how the requested loan would have worked during the last 15 years; how to convert that example to the borrower’s own situation, and a worst-case illustration of how the loan could perform if rates go up through the roof.

To show how the loan will perform under the worst possible circumstances, the example starts at the initial rate and moves rapidly up to the top interest rate and payment possible. Lenders must also explain how the index is adjusted and how future interest rates and payments will be determined.

As you know, interest rates can change either upward or downward with an adjustable loan. It’s nice to know how these rate changes (in either direction) will affect your future monthly payments. That’s what the disclosure will tell you.


What can you do when you have serious damage to your home in Pendleton but not enough insurance to cover the loss? If the damage was not fully paid for from insurance proceeds, you can take a deduction on your federal income tax. What kind of losses qualify for this deduction?

Generally, to qualify for the federal casualty loss tax deduction, the cause must occur quickly and unexpectedly and not be a routine event. Examples include a fire, flood, theft, accident, earthquake, vandalism, tornado, broken water pipes, hurricane or earth slide. You should be prepared to prove such losses in case of an audit. To prove your losses, you should have before-and-after photos, professional appraisals, repair bills, police reports, purchase receipts and insurance settlement appraisals.

The amount you may deduct on a casualty loss is the decline in the property’s market value, less insurance payments and a $100 deduction. Frankly, you’re better off having enough insurance.


First impressions are important, but don’t let them keep you from missing a real gem of a home. Stop and consider the possibilities.

Does the place need just a few cosmetic improvements to feel right? Would new carpeting, appliances, contemporary hardware, different light fixtures or fresh paint and paper make the place feel like home? These are fairly minor changes and are relatively easy alterations to make.

Check your storage needs against the possibilities for expansion. How about bathrooms? If the addition of a first floor powder room would make this house perfect, is there room for one? Look at all the nooks and crannies as having potential “growing room.” Remember interior spaces can be reworked, walls removed, spaces reoriented and traffic redirected to make a chopped-up floor plan flow like magic. Built-in bookcases can be added and windows and doors can be replaced with a style and decor which feels more like “home” to you.


Cars have emission standards – now, wood stoves do too. The EPA has set strict standards on how much soot, gas and pollution can go up the chimneys of all wood-burning products. Some units now on the market already meet or exceed these standards. New technology has allowed wood stoves to clean up their pollutants and operate at new levels of efficiency.

Most of the new wood stoves are using a catalytic combustor to meet the EPA requirements. Placed on the baffle or damper inside the exhaust vent, a catalytic combustor burns the gases that otherwise would escape up the chimney. The result is 80 to 90 percent less emission and increased heat output.

Catalytic combustors can be retrofitted to existing wood stoves, although these are less efficient than built-ins. The combustor will need replacement after two to five years, but by burning only well-seasoned hardwoods, you can reduce this problem.


My next blog post will cover: First Time Home Buyer, Landscaping Can Raise Value and Like for Like Exchange.  See you then!

Tips for Buying or Selling Your Home In Oregon part 3


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The value of the land UNDER the hom has taken an even more dramatic jump than the price of homes. By one estimate, the average price of a lot has jumped 420 percent since 1973. It has doubled in the last six years alone. Chances are that land accounts for over 25 percent of the cost of a hom today compared with 18 percent only 15 years ago.

Estimating the value of a lot separate from its Pendleton home is tricky because the two typically come as a unit. However, you can get a ballpark figure by subtracting the estimated value of the average house (floor space times cost per square foot) from the total sales price. This specific dollar value is not so meaningful as the percentages of land to buildings and how they change over the years. Pendleton Real estate investors should also keep a sharp eye on the mix of land and property values. Although the cost of buildings can be depreciated for tax purposes over time, land cannot.


If you have arranged an appraisal of your Pendleton home, whether it be for legal, tax or pre-sale reasons, you can make the appraiser’s job quicker, more accurate and more efficient if you have some documents ready before the appraiser arrives.

Try to have copies of your deed and mortgage; the professional survey of your property; the local tax map; your last tax assessment; any professional reports on environmental conditions in your Pendleton home (such as a test for radon); and a home inspector’s report if you have one.

Also list major improvements you have made with invoices that document their cost. If your Pendleton home is fairly new, note any special features for which you paid extra. Also list personal property that will be included in the sale, as well as items attached to the Pendleton home that you’ll take with you when you move, such as a dining room chandelier.


If you are considering selling your home in Pendleton, remember this: buyers are not looking for a roof to keep the rain out – they’re looking for a new lifestyle. You are not selling a house – you’re selling a HOME!

Set this “home” stage for buyer showings:

Keep your home in Pendleton clean, neat and cozy at all times. You might have to show it on short notice. The kitchen is the focal point of any home. Everything should be spic and span, with dishes washed and excess paraphernalia tucked away. Beds should be made, and kids’ clothes stowed and not left where kids usually leave them.

Decorator touches help a lot: vases or pots of flowers, colorful pillows, mirrors on the walls to make rooms look more spacious. Mow the lawn, touch up any peeling paint. Don’t start major renovations, but do make obviously needed small repairs, such as a leaky faucet, torn screen or peeling paint. Remember, you’re selling a “home”.


Do you heat hot water you don’t use? One of the simplest ways to save money is to lower the temperature of your hot water heater. If you have it set at 160 degrees, lower it to at least 140 and shoot for between 115 and 106 degrees, for showers and domestic needs, 105 – 110 degrees is as hot as you need. Beyond that you would scald yourself. Trying to conserve hot water by mixing it with cold water is not economical.

If you need 140 degree hot water for your dishwasher, turn your heater up just before dinner so the water will be hot when you need it. After your dishes are done, turn it back down. You don’t need 140 degree water for your morning shower and it’s a waste to have it sitting in your tank all day while you pay to keep it hot.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to put an insulation blanket around the water heater and drain the sediment every six months. A dirty heater is inefficient and more expensive to operate.


How much do you know about your home in Pendleton and appliances?

1. T/F: There is little difference in heat efficiency between a fireplace and a wood-burning stove? Answer: False. Wood-burning stoves generally give off more heat.

2. T/F: You use more water washing your dishes by hand than by running your dishwasher daily.  Answer:  True.

3. T/F: Frequent vacuuming will eventually wear out fibers in your carpet. Answer: False: Imbedded dirt will wear away at carpet fibers, so frequent vacuuming is essential for long wear.

4. T/F: Aluminum storm windows are more effective than wood-framed ones in keeping out the cold.    Answer: False. There is little significant difference in efficiency between wood and aluminum-framed windows.

5. T/F: When remodeling your home in Pendleton, improvements should not exceed 30% of the home’s current value.  Answer:  True.


Did you ever notice a neighbor’s home in Pendleton for sale being videotaped? It’s not a Hollywood production or a local TV documentary. What you are seeing are home buyers in action.

Today’s camcorders are lightweight and versatile. Many operate single-handedly at the touch of a button with no experience required. The results can be reviewed instantly (or at your leisure). Camcorders are being used everywhere for every occasion. Why not for house hunting?

Whether a camcorder can be used is entirely the option of the individual home seller. However, many sellers welcome the high-tech attention to their homes. Buyers interested in using a camcorder can check with my office. I will seek pre-approval from sellers whose home will be viewed on that day.


It’s not an easy task to straighten out the affairs of a single parent who has died. Paperwork and forms are one thing, but how do you go about selling the home if it’s located quite a distance away? Once the house is emptied of furniture, you’ll have to be concerned with its security and maintenance. In this situation there is only one logical route to take. List it with a local agency and let them take the problems off your back.

For security and maintenance reasons, time is usually of the essence. You may wish to offer the Pendleton property at a competitive price to ensure a speedy sale. Still, it does take time to sell a home in Pendleton at any price. A suggestion would be to find an agency who will offer you combined services of “manager” and “marketer.” The agency would be selling the Pendleton  property, and, at the same time, check the house on a regular basis to be sure it is well maintained and secured. I can work out arrangements of this type.


My next blog post will be focused on Checking Your Own Credit History, Checking Loan Chances Firs and Don’t Pass Up a Gem.  See you then!

Tips for Buying or Selling Your Home in Oregon Part 2

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why A Second Mortgage?

A second mortgage, which is so-called because it is recorded behind a senior or first loan and has a secondary priority, can be a very valuable tool for both buyers and sellers of homes.

Buyers can sometimes afford more home in Pendleton through having the seller carry back a second mortgage, and thereby enabling the purchaser to have to qualify for and secure a small first mortgage, usually from an institutional lender. Some mortgage companies and banks make second mortgages, both for purchasers and for owners to tap some of their unused equity and get cash out

For a seller willing to carry back a second mortgage, it could mean getting a higher price and a quicker sale, since doing this will expand the available pool of buyers who may not have all the cash required for a large down payment. Sometimes the willingness to carry a second in itself may bring a buyer who might have otherwise overlooked a particular piece of property.

Sell In A Hurry

Question: I am anxious to sell my home in Pendleton in the shortest amount of time possible. Any advice?

Answer: There are a few people who will drive by and see your sign. There are very few people who will see your ad in the short time you have available. The best way to sell your home in Pendleton in a hurry is to call my office (541) 215-2274. I have a ready pool of prospects. Many homes which sell in a short amount of time do so because a Realtor knows precisely the needs of a buyer he or she has been working with.

Question: My kitchen looks like a picture out of the silent movies and my bathroom would only appeal to the Ancient Mariner. Would it make more sense to remodel or “move up” to a better home?

Answer: Get an estimate from a contractor on modernizing and compare this with the cost of moving up to a better home. Kitchen and bath renovations are costly, complex and disrupting. Often, it’s better to move up to a house that already has what you want.

Appraiser and Market Estimate

Estimating the value of a home in Pendleton is not an exact science. Although everyone can have an opinion, the appraiser, because of training and background, is the person who is hired to give a documented report as to the market value of a piece of real estate at a given point in time.

Appraisers are hired by owners, buyers and lenders to look at Pendleton real estate, compare it with like properties in the same area that have recently sold, and then give an educated opinion of its value in the current market.

Appraisers have to look at many variables when doing this, such as condition of the property, circumstances of the sale, time on the market, variables because of location and adjust for differences in square footage of the home or lot for the comparable sales. After all of these have been factored in, the appraiser then compiles a written report, usually with photographs and a detailed accounting of each property compared to the subject.

The Importance of Location

Any Realtor will tell you that the three most important factors concerning the value of a house are: “Location, Location, and Location.” Unfortunately, most home buyers ignore this important advice.

Location is especially vital when buying a house in Pendleton for maximum resale value. Statistics say that you will be reselling your home long before the final mortgage payment is in the mail. Therefore, take a long, hard look, not only at the present, but the future prospects for the community and immediate neighborhood.

Select a location where raw land and house values have an increasing price trend. Especially check into the zoning laws for any unfavorable change which could cause depreciation in the value of the neighborhood and the resale price of your home in the near future.

Remember – you can remove, replace or remodel a house, but you can never change the location. So choose carefully.

Setting Selling Price

How do you set the selling price of your home in Pendleton? Probably the most dangerous way is to do it yourself. The asking price is, by far, the most important part of the selling process. You need expert input.

At our agency, we offer a comparative market analysis to help evaluate your property In Pendleton. In doing this market analysis, we walk through your house with you, often making suggestions about selling points that should be emphasized or minor changes that will enhance the sale. After this personal inspection, we will compare your Pendleton property with others similar in size and character that are currently on the market or that have been sold during the past year. In effect, the proper selling price will be determined by the local market – and you’ll probably be pleased with the suggested selling price.

This market analysis is an excellent way of rationally determining your asking price. Bear in mind, however, that it’s an estimate. You have no obligation to list your property at the suggested price.

Homeowners Tax Haven

You can forget about the old, confusing IRS regulations on tax breaks when you sell your principal home. Forget about the once-in-a-lifetime exemption of up to $125,000 in profits for those over 55 years of age. Forget about having to buy or build another house within two years of the sale which cost as much or more than the one you sold in order to defer paying capital gains taxes. The new look is here and it is great for homeowners.

The latest tax law now allows homeowners to avoid paying taxes on the first $250,000 of profits in a home if they are single, or on the first $500,000 of profits if they are married at the time they sell the home.

Because a homeowner can use the exemption repeatedly, as long as he or she lives in each house for at least two years, most will never have to pay taxes on profits from home sales. This change exempts over 99% of home sales from capital gains taxes.

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Key Selling Points

Just like any homes for sale in Pendleton, Oregon, the marketing approach can be a key element in how fast and how much your home in Pendleton sells for. Buyers are often looking for one or two key ingredients that grab their attention. You may not be aware of it, but your home may have one of those special selling points. I am keenly aware of it! There are buyers looking for special ingredients such as open space, extra bathrooms, an in-law apartment, attached garage, home office, alarm system, near town but private, and on and on.

Finding the right selling points for your home in Pendleton that will fit current market conditions is vital. Creating interest among buyers and injecting excitement into the sales process helps attract buyers, especially those who are looking for homes in Pendleton with special qualities. These elements must be brought to the forefront quickly. I pride myself in doing this. If you want your home to stand out in the marketplace, call me. Chris Sykes (541) 215-2274

Mineral Rights

When properties in and around Pendleton are sold, the rights to the minerals in the soil below are many times held by the previous owner either for the current value or possible future benefit. Because mineral rights are usually held as separate from the right to build or occupy a piece of real property, they are often over looked, and unless reserved and made part of the purchase agreement, the rights do not automatically go to the buyer upon sale.

Because oil and mineral exploration is usually done far below the surface of the earth, and the extensive use of slant drilling today, oil and minerals can be taken from hundreds of feet below the surface without the dwellings on the ground being disturbed or even aware of what is going on. The grant deed at the time of sale will usually note if the mineral rights are included. It is not uncommon for sellers thirty or forty years earlier to still be in possession of the rights and any royalties from oil and minerals.


When either selling or buying a home in Pendleton, negotiating the best possible price and terms is an art, and it is one that often times takes much training and experience.

Usually, a third party, such as a real estate agent, can act as a buffer between the two principals and work out the differences that would be hard to overcome by both buyer and seller meeting face to face and not trained in negotiating. Also, someone not involved in the actual transaction can take a more distant and realistic look at the two sides and offer solutions that a buyer or seller who are emotionally involved would not think of.

Some of the largest and most sophisticated corporations in the country regularly hire negotiators for important projects because of their expertise, so it’s only natural that someone buying or selling a home, which usually represents one’s largest financial investment, would have an agent negotiating on their behalf.

Never A Better time

The old saying goes: “There is no time like the present.” When making the decision to move up to a larger or newer home in Pendleton, there is no better time than right now to put your home on the market. There are some wonderful opportunities to secure that home of your dreams right now at the right price.

However, before you can seriously think about a new home in Pendleton, you have to do something about your present one. The best situation is to have your present home in Pendleton under contract or sold. Without the first event, the second event may be a difficult reality. By having the dollar figures in hand from the sale of your present home in Pendleton, you can better evaluate how much cash you’ll have for a down payment and how much you can actually afford to pay for the new home in Pendleton.

Coordinating the purchase and sale of two Pendleton homes in a short time frame can be tricky. As your Realtor, I can guide you through the steps to produce a smooth sale as well as purchase.

Painting And Curb Appeal

The executive dressed in a tailored suit looks a whole lot different than he does on a weekend fishing trip. Just like the well-groomed person gets more attention, your home in Pendleton will get more favorable looks from buyers if it has a fresh face to it. It will probably sell for a higher price as well.

One of the most effective ways to dress up your home for sale is to put on a fresh coat of paint. Dollar for dollar, you will get more in terms of a higher selling price with new paint than with just about any other improvement you can make. Curb appeal is extremely important in attracting buyers. Old, weather-beaten paint can actually detract interest and buyers from a very nice home in Pendleton.

Many times, just painting the trim, doors, the eves and rain gutters is all that is needed to give a house a fresh look. Selecting contemporary colors that give a home that up-to-date look will also help in getting top dollar for your home once it goes on the market.

Do You Qualify For A Mortgage?

When buying a home in Pendleton, one of the most important aspects for most buyers once they have decided on their choice of a home, is meeting the lender’s requirements for obtaining the loan.

The elements that the lender will look for in qualifying a buyer for a loan is the amount of total income, long-term debt such as auto payments, installment loans and credit card payments. These amounts, along with the projected cost of repaying the mortgage and figuring monthly payments on principal, interest, taxes and insurance are all figured together and subtracted from the total income.

From there, the lender will allow a certain percentage of these costs, roughly a third, from the total income as allowable debt. This so-called ratio is how the lender qualifies a prospect for a home loan, along with credit history, savings reserves and stability of employment.

In My Next Blog Post I will talk about:  Why get a second Mortgage? The Importance of Location,  Selling in a Hurry,  Appraisers and Market Estimates, and Homeowners Tax Haven.    See you then!

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9) Check out new and exciting artists at the Pendleton Center for the Arts

The Pendleton
Center for the Arts is a great place to
view, buy and make art. We offer fine arts exhibits, live music performances,
arts education for youth, teens and adults, and a great venue for purchasing
hand-crafted fine gifts made by regional artists.

Located in the heart of Eastern Oregon, our beautifully restored 1916 Carnegie Library building is an architectural treasure in its own right. The Center caps one end of a downtown core that is regaining its vitality and charm. Community members use the building for weddings, receptions, meetings and parties of all kind.

You can take a quick
video tour of the building HERE.

website is owned and maintained by the Arts Council of Pendleton and the
Pendleton Center for the Arts © 2005

Arts Council of Pendleton is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established
in 1974


Visit us: Tuesday – Friday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Saturday Noon – 4:00 pm

We also feature an
important – and FREE – after-school program for teens called Art Rocks Teens (A.R.T.).

We work to make the
viewing and making of art accessible to everyone. We hope you’ll visit us and
take advantage of the wide range of events and activities available. AND we hope
you’ll support us with your membership so that we may
continue to provide great art experiences for the community. Corey’s Kids Art Fund provides an
opportunity for teens and young adults to donate to the arts.

We’re indebted to the
many individuals, business members, foundations and organizations
whose financial support made the renovation of our building possible and makes
it possible for us to provide ongoing services.

Check out our important
Business Members HERE.

Want to see YOUR
artwork at the Center? Get more info here.

If you’re detail oriented, have a strong understanding of sound bookkeeping principles and value a flexible schedule, you could be a great addition to our crew. Position available
for a part-time bookkeeper (80 hrs/mo). Submit resume and cover letter before
July 15. Pendleton Center for the Arts 214 North Main.

Rdescription HEREead the full job


10) Take a stroll along the Umatilla River on the River Parkway or along Pendleton’s historic Main Street

Pendleton River Parkway

Step onto the Pendleton River Parkway and step into nature. Almost three miles of flat trail takes you through the heart of Pendleton along the banks of the Umatilla  River. Take a few minutes to explore other city landmarks along the  way. For suggestions from locals, keep scrolling down. Restrooms  are located along the Parkway at Roy Raley Park, Stillman Park and  Brownfield Park.

Driving Directions: Take exit 207 off I-84, travel east on Westgate (Hwy. 30) approximately 2 miles,  turn left at Westgate Place, park at the end of the cul-de-sac where the River Parkway trail begins. Additional parking available at Roy Raley Park, Stillman Park, the east end of Byers, and Bedford Bridge at SW 18th Street. Map available under City Parks.

Distances on the trail:




Little League Ball Park SE 8th Street 3/4 mile
SE 8th Street Main Street/Brownfield Park 1/2 mile
Main Street/Brownfield Park SW 10th Street/Roy Raley Park 1/2 mile
SW 10th Street/Roy Raley Park SW 18th/Amy Bedford Bridge 1/2 mile
SW 18th Street/Amy Bedford Bridge Highway 30 Bridge/Babe Ruth Ball Park 1/4 mile
Highway 30 Bridge/Babe Ruth Ball Park NW Carden 1/4 mile

Other Walking Trails

Pendleton Community Park
Access from SW 41st, SW 37th and SW 44th Street  parking areas; no hills; users may walk 1/2 mile loops on either side of the  creek or cross the pedestrian bridge and walk a mile circling the exterior  border of the park; the park is somewhat protected from the wind; restrooms available*.

McKay Neighborhood Park
Access from SW 44th next to McKay School;  approximately 1/2 mile of walking path with hills; restrooms are available*.

Rice-Blakey Park

Access from SW Quinney & SW 24th; approximately 2/3  mile of path over scenic hilly terrain; sometimes a little windy; parking on SW  26th; restrooms are available*.

Grecian Heights Park
Access from Tutuilla Road and Athens Way; north side  walking path is approximately 1/2 mile; south side walking path is approximately  1/2 mile; restrooms are available*.

Olney Cemetery

Mature trees and slightly challenging grade changes make Olney Cemetery a great  spot to bump up your routine a little. The cemetery may be a surprising  recommendation for a walking trail, but try it sometime and you’ll discover its  appeal. Sorry, no restrooms.

*Restrooms are closed during winter months due to risk of freezing pipes and are  unlocked on April 1 each year.




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7) Go for a swim at the world class Pendleton Aquatic Center & Water Park

Pendleton Family Aquatic Center & Til Taylor Wading Pool

1901 NW Carden, Pendleton, OR
(541) 276-0104 June thru Aug
info/weather closures)
(541) 276-8100 Parks office

2011 Summer Season Hours: Daily, Noon to 8 pm beginning Thursday, June 9th through Labor Day weekend.

Directions: Take exit 207 from I-84 onto Westgate Road headed east, turn left at Northgate (approx. 1.8 miles), right on NW Carden, left at Pendleton High School entrance, parking on left above the pool.

The Pendleton Family Aquatic Center features gigantic water slides, over 200′ of open and closed tubes, three pools, family picnic facilities with gas grills, children’s water features and concessions. You can bring in your own food and drinks, no glass containers please. Float toys are also allowed but not water wings.

Children under 9 must be supervised; 48′ height requirement for big slides.

For information on swim lessons, pool parties, or pool shelter rentals, select the appropriate link to the left of this screen. Interested in renting the entire pool for a private party? Choose facility rental from the menu.

2011 Admission Fees – residents & non-residents
Ages 2 and under (with paying adult) FREE
Ages 3 to 17 $ 3.00
Ages 18 and over $ 4.50
Seniors 62+ $ 3.00
Early Bird Season Pass: from March 1 to June 8, 2011 you can purchase your season pass at a 10% discount from the regular rate shown below.
2011 Season Pass – family rate* applies to first 5 persons,
$10 for ea. additional person (season pass form)
Youth $ 50
Adult $ 55
Family $125

*Restrictions apply to the definition of family.

If you are low-income, you may qualify for a low-income pass. YOU MUST LIVE WITHIN THE PENDLETON CITY LIMITS. Download form here or pick up an application at Parks, 865 Tutuilla Road, Pendleton. Please follow instructions carefully.

Discount Punch Cards

Purchase a discount punch card for $30. Choose from a youth punch card with 12 punches ($36 value), or a multi-user card with 10 punches and the value depends on how it is used – if only used by an adult the value is $45 (10 visits X $4.50 daily admission). These can be purchased at the Parks office at 865 Tutuilla Road or at the pool when it opens after June 9.


Opens: Monday, June 20, 2011
Closed: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Hours: Monday – Saturday, Noon to 4 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm for a quiet evening by the pool after work.

Til Taylor’s wading pool has been a Pendleton favorite for 25 years! It is just the right size for little ones and a great spot for parents to relax a little too. The wading pool is intended for children 8 years and younger and they must be directly supervised. Clean swimming attire only. Pool attendant only on deck – no lifeguard on duty.


8) Learn your history at the Heritage Station Museum

About Us


The Umatilla County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1974, and each year’s Board of Directors has built upon the vision of its 100 charter members in providing the means to document and share local history.

An historic journal, Pioneer Trails, was first published in 1976. It continues to be printed three times annually to document the stories of the people, places and events in Umatilla County.

In 1981 contents of the Sturgis Museum at Blue Mountain Community College were donated to the Historical Society, the beginning of its collection of historic objects.

A storefront gallery opened as headquarters for the Historical Society in 1985. Limited exhibits were installed and Terrific Tuesdays, an educational program series began.

Arrangements were made to convert Pendleton’s train station to a museum in 1987. Renovations followed and the exhibits, programs, and collections came under one roof for the first time in 1988.

As the organization continued its steady growth, it became apparent that the Historical Society was outgrowing its space. A facility expansion was completed in the Fall of 2003. The depot was renovated for use as exhibit galleries, and a new entry building and preservation wing were constructed to provide space for a classroom, a museum store, offices, work space and artifact storage. The $2.8+ million project also included a courtyard, landscaping of the museum grounds, and construction of a small open-air amphitheater.


The Umatilla County Historical Society was organized to collect and preserve historical objects and stories unique to the Umatilla County region and uses them to strengthen present and future generations’ understanding of that history through exhibits and diverse programming.


Do you enjoy interesting stories and colorful anecdotes? Are you interested in delving deeper into local history? Join the Umatilla County Historical Society so that you won’t miss any of the publications; you’ll have unlimited free admission to Heritage Station Museum; and you’ll be notified of all programs and special events. You’ll also receive a couple of guest passes to treat friends or family!

Dues are $40 per individual, $50 per family, and $75 per business. Benefits include: three issues of Pioneer Trails, the Heritage Station Newsletter, notices of special events, discounts on activities and in the Museum Store. You’ll be helping to support Historical Society programming at the same time.

Gift memberships are thoughtful ways to provide a year of enjoyment for the recipient. We’ll be happy to send a card to the recipient announcing your gift, or send the new member materials to you to personally present.

Getting started is easy: mail your check with member’s name, address and telephone number to Heritage Station Museum, P.O. Box 253, Pendleton, OR 97801. To use your credit card you may use the above address or call 541-276-0012.

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy meeting people from all over the world?  Would you like to make new friends and work with dedicated, community-service oriented individuals? Do you have a passion for preserving and sharing local heritage and history?  If so, consider joining the ranks of volunteer staff at Heritage Station Museum.  Opportunities to be involved are numerous and varied.

If you are creative or handy with tools you might enjoy assembling exhibits or maintaining the facility.  If you enjoy organizing events or planning programs Terrific Tuesdays may be your niche.  If development and marketing bring you fulfillment, fundraising events and opportunities abound.  Managing the collection offers the opportunity to catalog and pack artifacts or to establish and maintain research archives.  Gallery and Store Attendants are on the ‘front line’, welcoming all who stop by Heritage Station Museum.

Call 541-276-0012 and ask how you can be involved.  You will be given a volunteer application with a list of opportunities to consider.  The Museum Manager will help match your schedule and interests with one of a variety of interesting job possibilities.  Any amount of time you can volunteer is appreciated, whether weekly, monthly or just for a special event or project.  All necessary training will be provided and you’ll be included in special volunteer-only activities.

Get on board at Heritage Station — you’ll be glad you did!

Gift Opportunities

The Umatilla County Historical Society is a non-rofit organization that is supported by dues, donations, grants, sponsorships and fundraising events. Because it is designated as a 501(c)(3) entity, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Donations support the annual operations and special projects (e.g. the Byrd School, the Homestead exhibit, and Capital Improvements). Occasionally, special projects provide naming opportunities. The Historical Society also has an Endowment Fund which provides long term stability.

For more information about these and other projects and to learn how you can support the Historical Society, now or through an estate gift, please talk with the Development Director.


From time to time Heritage Station Museum facilities are available to rent for non-museum events. The following areas may be available for rental: classroom, Pendleton Foundation Trust Gallery, courtyard, or the entire facility. To check availability and pricing call the Museum Manager

The Museum is open with new exhibits.

Umatilla County is at the hub of transportation routes east-west and north-south, used by Indian tribes, explorers, trappers, pioneers, and travelers of today.

The region’s varied terrain and abundant natural resources attracted people whose diverse traditions, ingenuity and perseverance have made it their ‘home’. Indian tribes, mountain men, missionaries, and emigrants have all made their mark on this region.

Heritage Station, The Umatilla County Historical Museum, is telling the story of this region’s unique heritage. It’s a BIG story, so exhibits are not static. They change often to portray local history from a variety of perspectives, utilizing historic objects and information from the museum archives. The Museum also hosts touring exhibits and showcases private collections.

Heritage Station Museum provides something for all ages and interests. Stop by and experience the region’s fascinating story. Explore a wide variety of interesting topics through the Museum’s special events. Enjoy publications which inform and entertain. Extend your museum experience with books, educational toys, and other treasures from the Museum Store.

How to find the Museum:

Heritage Station Museum is located in downtown Pendleton, just a block from Main Street. From 1-84 exit 210, drive north toward Pendleton’s City Center. Turn left a Court Avenue and left again on Southwest 2nd. Continue on SW 2nd into the Museum parking lot.

Museum Hours and Admission Fees:

The Museum’s regular hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday.  Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for students, $4.00 for Seniors, $10.00 for a family, members are free.


108 S.W. Frazer
P.O. Box 253
Pendleton, OR   97801

(541) 276-0012
(541) 276-7989 (fax)

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Pendleton Underground Tours “Comes To Life
To find out more about this special once a year tour CLICK HERE.

Our History

The Pendleton Underground Tours office is located in Pendleton’s Historic District, on the corner of SW 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue. The buildings that house the tours are: the Empire Building, 1907, The Hendricks Building, 1897 and the Empire Meat Company, 1895.

All properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Pendleton Underground Tours’ properties are in what was once the red light district of Pendleton. The buildings on the tour have been maintained, true to the original state, allowing the visitor to see the sidewalks and basalt-rock tunnels the way they were constructed pre 1890’s. This special authenticity adds to their uniqueness, making the tours what they are today.


Pendleton Underground Tours ( P.U.T.) is a non-profit corporation that started in 1989, giving tours of Pendleton’s red light district. The tour was very controversial because part of the subject matter is about gambling, the Chinese, bootlegging and prostitution. In 1990, after opening the “Cozy Rooms” bordello, Chinese jails and the Opium Den, the tour became even more questionable. The history of legal and illegal businesses operating in the same area for over 100 years makes the tour unique and like no other tour anywhere. The history of the Chinese in Eastern Oregon and their role in building the west is also unique. The tour is entertaining and interesting to all ages from 6 years old to 95 years old there is something for every member of the family.

P.U.T. is coming up on its 15th year anniversary and is still going strong. It has become Eastern Oregon’s #1 year around tourist attraction. A tour that people once questioned, has now been featured on television and radio shows around the world. The great success and popularity of P.U.T. is the wonderful well-trained and educated Historians who guide tourists back in time to learn history that isn’t taught in school, but was very much a part of the early west and the lives of our ancestors. Nothing is artificial or fabricated. Experience the Real Old West at the Pendleton Underground Tours.

You’ll learn history that no one wanted to talk about.


Pendleton Underground Tours is open year round
Tour availability and office hours vary with seasons
Must call ahead for current schedule
Reservations need in advance with a visa or mastercard

Call: 541-276-0730

(easy walking but many stairs)

Tours start in our gift shop at 31 S.W. Emigrant Ave
Tours are guided and take approximately 90 min
Cost is $15.00 per person (no discounts)


Silence phones
No videos
Camera with flash ok
No restrooms on tour
Stay with guide no lingering
Tell guide if you need to leave tour
Please do not touch anything
Sit on benches only
Disruptive children and adults will be asked to control themselves or leave the tour
Water and soft drinks ok
Dress for weather outside
Wear comfortable walking shoes
Relax and have fun!

Be sure to make your reservations for Pendleton Underground Tours
once-a-year special event Underground “Comes to Life!”
CLICK HERE for more information.

Please call us for more information at:(541) 276-0730


The Working Girls Hotel (W.G. Hotel) is owned and operated by Pendleton Underground Tours. In 1991, people on the tour would ask if any of Pendleton’s 18 bordellos were stillopen? The tourists thought it would be fun to stay in one. Pam Severe restored and opened the W.G. Hotel in 1991, in one of Pendleton’s old boarding houses (bordello) built in the late 1890’s. Pendleton Underground Tours acquired the hotel in 1997.

The Hotel has a suite and 4 other sleeping rooms all furnished in Victorian decor. Each room is unique. Hard wood floors, 18 foot ceilings and exposed brick walls make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, only with the luxuries of the 21st century. Air conditioning for the summer and a warm fireplace in the winter time. Extra large bathrooms, plus a full kitchen and dining room for all W.G. Hotel guests to enjoy. (Sorry no children allowed because of the antiques and the layout of the facility.)

? Located in Pendleton’s Historical District

? 4 doors down from the Pendleton Underground Tours Office

? Walking distance to restaurants, shops, movie theater, museums,
the Umatilla River Walk Way, ice skating (in the winter), and much more.

? Rates are $75 to $95 depending on the season and room. Advanced reservations are required.

? Sorry, no children or pets allowed.

? Another Real West Experience!

Call (541) 276-0730 for reservations and more information.

Online Tour



It isn’t just a gift shop. Antiques, artifacts and animal mounts let you experience the feeling of an old-fashioned mercantile. Horehound candy and 10 cent candy sticks are available. Horseshoe puzzles, Real West T-shirts and Pendleton memorabilia are plentiful

as well.

After the tour when we’ve really wet your appetite for local history you can buy some of the most interesting history books written about the west.

For example, “More on the Pendleton Underground” a recently published souvenir book by Pam Severe and Lon Thornburg. This paperback gives even more details, history and information on the Pendleton Underground Tours. It is available for $7.00 at the store or we can mail one to you for an additional $3.50 for postage and handling.

There’s something for everyone to help remember their visit to Pendleton and its world famous Underground Tour.

Please feel free to call us
for more information at:
(541) 276-0730

Please feel free to call us weekdays at : (541) 276-0730

Our Address is:

Pendleton Underground Tours:
37 S.W. Emigrant Ave.
Pendleton OR 97801


If you are traveling East or West to Pendleton, Oregon, on I-84 take exit 210,
follow the city center signs to the rail road tracks,
go two blocks to the second street light (Emigrant Avenue) and turn left.
PUT is at the end of the block on S.W. 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue.

If traveling on Highway 11 from Walla Walla, Washington,
follow the city center signs to Main Street then turn left and go two blocks to Emigrant Avenue and turn right. PUT is at the end of the block on S.W. 1st Street and Emigrant Avenue on the North side.

The Working Girls Hotel is located at 17 S.W. Emigrant just a few doors down from the PUT office.


6)  Wild Horse casino and resort


Test your luck at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the nearby Umatilla Reservation

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Enjoy the Oregon East Symphony Orchestra at the Vert Auditorium

About the Oregon East Symphony

For twenty-five years the Oregon East Symphony, called “the best small-town symphony orchestra in North America,” has provided Pendleton and its surrounding rural region with high quality musical experiences and events. A volunteer Board of Directors guides the Symphony, which is administered by an Executive Director and Office Manager. Last season we said goodbye to long time Conductor and Music Director Kenneth Woods, who departs for new horizons. Concertmaster Lisa Robertson will fulfill the position of Interim Music Director while we undergo a search process for a new Conductor/Music Director. We will feature finalists in our search for a new conductor during our 2009-2011 concert seasons. A separate volunteer Guild supports the activities of the orchestra and chorale by providing concert receptions and sponsoring fund-raising events.Musicians with the Oregon East Symphony come from around the Pacific Northwest region to play. They hail from as far away as Portland, Eugene, Joseph, Baker City and LaGrande in Oregon and Spokane, Pullman, Vancouver, Tacoma, Ellensburg, Yakima, Tricities and Walla Walla in Washington. The OES wishes to encourage all musicians, young and old to find their musical roots and join in the music. You will always be welcome in the orchestra that fits your level of performance. Auditions are not required to join the orchestra.

In addition to its regular concert series, the Symphony is committed to a unique and comprehensive youth music education project ( Playing for Keeps) that supports, among other activities, two preparatory orchestras, a youth chorale, a mentorship program for young musicians, scholarships for instrument rentals and music lessons, an annual Summer Music Camp, and free concert tickets for students.


 Go for a hike in the nearby Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

The Umatilla National Forest, located in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon, covers 1.4 million acres of diverse landscapes and plant communities. The forest has some mountainous terrain, but most of the forest consists of v-shaped valleys separated by narrow ridges or plateaus. The landscape also includes heavily timbered slopes, grassland ridges and benches, and bold basalt outcroppings. Elevation range from 1,600 to 8,000 feet above sea level. Changes in weather are common, but summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings. Cold, snowy winters and mild temperatures during spring and fall can be expected.

About the Umatilla National Forest

The Umatilla National Forest in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington is administered from the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Pendleton, Oregon and four Ranger Districts. The Forest Supervisor, assisted by a professional and technical staff, is responsible for all activities affecting the 1.4 million National Forest acres. District Rangers and their staffs accomplish on-the-ground management of forest resources.

The National Forest system is administered by the USDA Forest Service. The Umatilla National Forest is within the Pacific Northwest Region which includes the 19 National Forests in Washington and Oregon. Headquarters for the Pacific Northwest Region are located at the Robert Duncan Plaza, 333 S.W. 1st st., P.O. Box 3623, Portland, Oregon 97208, (503) 808-2200.

Like all National Forests, the Umatilla belongs to all Americans and is managed under the multiple-use principle ‘for the greatest good of the greatest number in the long run.’

Umatilla National Forest map!

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, 2.3 million acres of varied landscape, extends from the Blue Mountains and rugged Wallowa Mountains down to the spectacular canyon country of the Snake River on the Idaho border.

The forest ranges in elevation from 875 feet in the Hells Canyon National Receation Area to 9,845 feet in the Eagle Cap Wilderness Area.

We manage the forest as sustainable ecosystems providing clean water, wildlife habitat and valuable forest products. This setting offers a variety of year-round recreation opportunities.

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest Map!