Pendleton Travel Guide

Pendleton in Oregon is best known for its role in the colorful history of the American west. As with many cities in the region, Pendleton credits its development to emigrants of the 1840s that followed the Oregon Trail here, crossing the difficult terrain of the Blue Mountains en route. Today, visitors are attracted by the history, natural beauty and wildlife found here.

Pendleton is renowned for its woolen mills and the Pendleton brand has been associated with quality blankets and tapestries for a century. The area boasts a number of museums dedicated to the town’s cultural history as well as nature preserves such as the Blue Mountain State Scenic Corridor, where you’ll find campgrounds, day-use parks, and hiking trails.

The scenic corridor follows I-84 from Deadman’s Pass to Spring Creek and preserves the only stand of mature evergreen forest in this part of the northwest. Wildlife which can be spotted includes cougars, mule deer, white-tailed deer and Rocky Mountain elks.


Pendleton Woolen Mills: opened in the early 20th century as a weaver of blankets for local indigenous people. The brand is now known internationally, associated with bright and distinctive colored yarns, woven in traditional local patterns.

Pendleton Underground: these tunnels were dug by Chinese workers in the years from 1870 to 1930 and run for over 70 miles beneath the city’s historic district. About 20 years ago, some tunnels were restored and businesses that were originally located there were re-created including bordellos, opium dens and Chinese laundries.

The Tamastslikt Cultural Institute: comprises both museum exhibits and multi-media presentations on the history and culture of native tribes.

Round-up Hall of Fame: located at the Rodeo Grounds, the Hall of Fame features the story of the Pendleton Roundup, one of largest and longest-running of America’s rodeos.

Umatilla County Historical Society Museum: located the city’s early 20th century train depot, the museum features displays of photographs and memorabilia on the area’s woolen industry, local Native American artifacts, and interesting local railroad history.