Joseph, Oregon is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, art connoisseurs, history buffs, foodies, and anyone who loves to shop. Whatever brings you to our small town at the base of the gorgeous Wallowa Mountains, we guarantee you will find plenty to love. It is easy to spend an afternoon strolling up and down Main Street exploring Joseph’s wonderful shops, galleries, restaurants, and pubs. Long before Joseph was hailed as an artists’ mecca, Native Americans were making art inspired by the region’s natural beauty and the rich spirituality of its landscapes. The region continues to attract artists looking for a relaxing place to create, as well as art enthusiasts who come to browse our excellent art galleries and explore our growing art scene. While you are here check out these excellent galleries:
Aspen Grove Gallery
Valley Bronze Gallery
Browse Joseph’s Business Directory for a full list of local shops and businesses.
For those who love the great outdoors, countless adventures await. Widely recognized as the gateway to Oregon’s Eagle Cap Wilderness, the Joseph area boasts unparalleled access to literally hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, running, cycling, horseback riding, and so much more.
Joseph and Wallowa County offer endless opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Whether you spend the day hiking the Eagle Cap Wilderness, cycling the open roads and trails of Wallowa County, or paddling or fishing for Kokanee in Wallowa Lake, your next great adventure awaits you here in Joseph. Surrounded by magnificent salt-and-pepper granite mountains, the Joseph area is home to approximately 534 miles of trails and over 50 lakes, including Oregon’s highest glacial lake, Lake Legore. Take a breathtaking ride on the scenic Wallowa Lake Tramway or spend a day viewing the abundant wildlife that call the region home. If you’d prefer to explore with the help of a guide, experience the glacier clear adventure on Wallowa Lake with Glacier Clear Adventure kayak and paddleboards, or cycling along the beautiful Joseph Branch Railway with Railriders Cycling, Also check out the trail rides and extended trips offered by Wallowa Lake Pack Station, or visit the Joseph Fly Shoppe for information about the best fly fishing in the area. Whatever adventure you choose, Joseph is truly an outdoor lover’s paradise.
One of the hardest parts of hiking in Wallowa County is deciding which trail you want to explore! The region boasts hundreds of miles of trails, ranging in difficulty from easy to challenging. Exploring the Eagle Cap Wilderness offers hikers the chance to revel in unparalleled peace and quiet while also experiencing awe-inspiring natural beauty on par with some of the most popular National Parks in the county. Some of our favorite trails and destinations include:
Chief Joseph Trail (14 miles round trip)
Aneroid Lake Trail/East Fork Wallowa Trail (12 miles round trip
West Fork Trail (12 miles round trip)
Hurricane Creek Trailhead (20 miles round trip)
Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site
For more information on hiking in and around Joseph, visit AllTrails, the Joseph Chamber, or feel free to ask us at the Kokanee Inn! We are avid hikers and would be thrilled to provide any information you may need about trails, distances, and directions. Additionally, we offer trail transport services and car drop off for our guests, inquire for details.
Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike
Wallowa County boasts some of the finest road cycling and mountain biking trails in the state. Click here to download road, gravel, and trail routes. Take it from the people at Cycle Oregon, who’ve said, “Somewhere in America there may be a more awe-inspiring ride than this climb to the Wallowa Valley. If so, we have not found it.” The routes in the region offer the combined pleasure of both visual rewards and physical challenges. The trails will take your breath away, both literally and figuratively.
Wallowa Lake, the most pristine lake in Eastern Oregon, is located about one mile from the Kokanee Inn. Surrounded on three sides by stunning 9,000-foot snow-capped mountains, this gorgeous, crystalline lake is a popular spot for fishing and boating. Spend your day fishing for Kokanee and Mackinaw, exploring the waters on boat, or simply lounging on the shores, soaking in the warm sun and marvelous views. For more information, please visit www.wallowalakemarina.com.
Joseph may be a small town, but there is always something exciting happening here. From rodeos to art festivals, Joseph offers an exciting variety of year-round events and festivals. Some of our favorites include:
May: Hurricane Creek Half Marathon & 5K
July: Nez Perce Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Feast
July: Chief Joseph Days and Rodeo
August: Back Country Bash
September: Wallowa Valley Arts Festival
October: Oregon’s Alpenfest
And so much more!
For a full calendar of events, please visit the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce website.