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Baker County Tourism – basecampbaker.com 24212

Spring Along the Elkhorn Scenic Byway in Baker County Oregon

A beautiful spring weekend for exploring the Elkhorn Scenic Byway between Sumpter and Baker City. Spring has definitely arrived in the valley floor but still lots of snow up high. In sumpter the snowmobiles seem to be giving way to the 4 wheelers.

 

The Elkhorn Scenic Byway is an Oregon state and National Forest designated scenic byway, and one of three that intersect in Baker City Oregon. The 106-mile loop beginning and ending in Baker City, takes you through the Elkhorn Mountains; a country rich in scenery, history, geology, and natural resources.

 

Special points of interest include gold mining operations and ghost towns, the historic Sumpter Valley Railroad, and Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area, and Anthony Lakes Ski Area and campground.

 

The diverse geography and habitat along the byway are ideal for wildlife watching. Throughout the year visitors can see a wide variety of wildlife including deer, elk, antelope and a variety of birds particularly hawks, and other birds of prey. Less common but just as exciting are the occasional moose, and black bears. Birding enthusiasts can see more than 300 bird species throughout Baker County.

 

For more information about watchable wildlife opportunities in Baker County, the Elkhorn Scenic Byway or other Baker County Scenic byways and back roads visit the Baker County Tourism website at www.basecampbaker.com

 

 

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Taken on April 2, 2016