Pendleton is a cosmopolitan town in a way that only a crossroads and a destination can be.​  People from all over the world relocate here, and quickly feel at home.  

 

Many self-employed digital doers are bringing new life to downtown condos, and vintage homes in the surrounding hillsides.  Other professionals are migrating here from larger cities and long commutes. 

Within a one-hour drive of Pendleton is the Blue Mountain Range, which boasts

some of the best biking, climbing, backpacking, and camping in the entire region. Additionally, the region is known for some of the finest hunting in North America.  

 

Just north of Pendleton, the Columbia River offers anglers excellent trophy fishing opportunities.  During long warm spring and summer months, the Columbia is also popular for water skiing, sailing, and boating.

 

Public access to the Columbia River is encouraged by thousands of acres of fishable shoreline parks with trails for running and bicycling.

Just outside of Pendleton lies a 1.5 mile single-track for mountain bikers that feeds a network of other trails, dropping into the canyons below.

Within town, twenty-two city parks, the summer-lovin' water park, a Dreamland skate park, Pendleton Country Club and a 1.5-mile nature riverwalk along the beautiful Umatilla River make it so easy to get outdoors.

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Pendleton also enjoys a healthy tourism industry, both steeped in tradition and ever-changing.  The world-famous Pendleton Round-Up showcases the top riders and ropers from around the country. 

The Pendleton Underground Tours celebrates the lives of the people who made the city tick over 100 years ago.  Meanwhile, a hip new distillery turns out smooth whiskey and locally-topped pizzas all day long.  The Pendleton Woolen Mills has an 85-year history of quality blankets and Indian folklore patterns, yet still offers fresh looks each season.  

The Pendleton Convention Center is strategically located next to the Round-Up and Happy Canyon campus.

 

Opened in 1991, PCC hosts many conventions and trade shows throughout the year and has become a real asset to many national associations and event planners.  

Last year more than 100,000 visitors attended conventions, celebrations, and conferences held at the Pendleton Convention Center.

Another popular attraction is the Wildhorse Resort and Casino on the nearby Umatilla Indian Reservation, complete with a movie theater and fine dining. 

Attracting 450,000 visitors yearly, Wildhorse is the premier attraction in the region and features an 18-hole championship golf course, drawing fairway enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest.  

 

The nearby Tamastslikt Cultural Institute is known for its culturally relevant traveling exhibits and acclaimed collection of Native American art.  

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LIVING History

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Pendleton started as a trading post in the 1860's for travelers on the Oregon Trail, and was officially incorporated in 1880, as a town of 730 people. 

 

As evidenced by its first ordinance addressing public drunkenness, fights and discharging of guns, the town of Pendleton has been from its very birth motley and spirited. 

 

Pendleton's history as an authentic western town and the perennial success of the Round-Up and other key events bring over 150,000 visitors to town each year.

Learn more.

 

Kari Brooks, Dev. Director

Heritage Station Museum

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Arts & Culture

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Arts of all kinds thrive in Pendleton!

 

Known locally as the cultural capital of Eastern Oregon, the annual community calendar is filled with events celebrating theater, sculpture, painting, leather working, silver engraving and musical performances of all kinds.

 

The Pendleton Center for the Arts is headquartered in a beautifully restored 1916 Carnegie Library building on the banks of the Umatilla River in the city's downtown.  Live music and art exhibits are weekly fare that add to Pendleton's high quality of life.

Learn more.

Roberta Lavadour, Exec. Dir.

Pendleton Center for the Arts

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Parks & Rec

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The Recreation Division staffs and programs the Aquatic Center, Til Taylor pool, two summer park programs, adult and youth athletic competitions, a thriving gymnastics program and many other recreational activities.

 

The Recreation Division stewards the Pendleton Recreation Center, which houses the Helen McCune Gymnasium and the Pendleton Foundation Room.

 

Pendleton offers far more recreation opportunites for adults and kids than many cities much larger in size. 

 

  

Learn more.

 

Liam Hughes, Director

Pendleton Parks and Rec.

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Steve Chrisman, Economic Development, City of Pendleton

 

Email: Steve.Chrisman@ci.pendleton.or.us    Telephone:  541.276.7754 

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