You'll never run out of things to do during your stay.


Oregon holds many unexpected elements: pine-forested mountains, glades preserving tall native grasses and wildflowers, deep canyons, trout streams, and small coved of pinnacled badlands.  John Day is the place to start your adventure in Oregon.  Outdoor recreation in John Day is abundant.  Our national forest offers camping, backpacking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, horse back riding and bird watching.  Escape from the city and enjoy the natural wonders of John Day.  Across all seasons you will find something to do here, please take a look below and learn more about some of the activities we have to offer.




The Undammed, 281 mile-long John Day river is host to a wide variety of fish and is known in particular for its Steelhead and Small Mouth bass fishing.  Perfect for multiple seasons out of the year and amidst the beautiful surrounding countryside, fishing is time well spent in John Day.



The river, national forest, and countryside provide habitats for multiple species in John Day.  Deer, Elk, and Big Horn Sheep as well as several birds, both upland and water can be found throughout the area.  Licensing and tours are available.


Malheur National Forest

With 1.7 million acres of land, ranging from grasslands to dense forests, the Malheur National Forest is packed with wildlife and beautiful sightseeing.  Backpacking and hiking trails are abundant.  The Malheur website keeps all trail-statuses updated as well, so you can plan your days accordingly.  


Located just minutes away from the motel, the John Day Golf Club is perfect for spending a day on the course.  With 9 holes, 2886 yards, and a par of 35 it is a good fit for a variety of levels of play.


With over 800 miles of trails in Eastern Oregon, snowmobiling is a fun outdoor activity for the winter season.  With guides and tours available, it is an accessible and exciting way to tour Oregon.


Painted Hills

One out of the three areas of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the Painted Hills are a wonderful area to hike and explore in.  With 3,132 acres of land you are bound to be captivated by the abundance of natural colors and sights throughout the Painted Hills.


The surrounding area is fantastic for long or short road bike trips.  Pack out for multiple days and enjoy the Painted Hills and national forests, or bring a daypack and venture out for a few hours. There is something for every cycle enthusiast here.