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Welcome to Union County & the La Grande Area

Whether you’re just passing through or relocating your home or business, you ‘ll welcome the warm embrace of the Grande Ronde Valley. With sweeping mountain views, small towns, friendly residents, abundant recreation, and a cultural scene that rivals the big city, Union County is an Eastern Oregon jewel waiting to be discovered.

Long recognized for its abundant natural resources, the Grande Ronde Valley is rich in history and breath-taking scenery while providing a vibrant diversity of people, culture, and activities.

  • Elgin Stampede

    Bust out your cowboy hat and boots and join the fun for the Elgin Stampede.
    Four days of rodeo action in beautiful Elgin, Oregon includes family night sponsored by Community Bank, followed by the Mark Nichols Memorial Bull Riding, kiddie parade, Grande Parade, dances, and two exciting PRCA rodeo performances.
    There are also activities for the whole family which include food, kiddie rodeo, music, Queen’s Coronation, and much more. Celebrating the heritage and tradition of the old west for over 67 years, the Elgin Stampede has made significant contributions in maintaining, promoting, and supporting the Elgin Stampede organization, its community events, its facilities, and especially the success of the annual Elgin Stampede. Don't miss a single day of this exciting tradition!!

    For more information on the Elgin Stampede visit:
  • Ladd Marsh

    The Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is located in the southwest corner of the Grande Ronde Valley, about 7 miles south of La Grande in Union County, Oregon.
    Administered by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it lies at about 2,800 feet in elevation and is just over 6,000 acres in size. The wildlife area harbors some of the few remaining areas of undisturbed, native valley floor vegetation and constitutes a critical ecological enclave for biodiversity.

    Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area is comprised of a variety of both upland and wetland habitats including conifer forest, upland shrub, grassland, wet meadow, and seasonal emergent wetland. This habitat diversity contributes to the wide array of plant and animal species found on the marsh. Find out when and how you can visit the marsh here.
  • Eagle Cap Excursion Train

    Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a train ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train.
    Journey back in time on a section of the picturesque and historic Joseph Branch rail line in Northeast Oregon. Discover untamed territory as the train follows the Grande Ronde River downstream through rugged cliffs and timbered ridges, then travels up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River.
    Whether you are a rail fan, a nature and wildlife enthusiast, a history buff, or a vacationer looking for a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the region, a ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train is sure to please! The train departs from the new Elgin Depot, 300 Depot Street, Elgin, Oregon. The depot was built in 2012 in a style reminiscent of the original historic depot. Entire cars can be reserved for groups. Charter the whole train for unforgettable special events.

    Visit Alegre Travel for tickets! You can also call them at 1-800-323-7330.
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