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Elgin Trip Ideas

Activities to do in Elgin, Oregon

This charming town is the threshold to the Eagle Cap Wilderness and ranching countryside that brings the annual Elgin Stampede. By the same measure, Elgin is also home to a thriving arts community and new historical society.

Things to do in Elgin

Travel to Elgin on the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, named for the deepest river gorge in North America between the borders of Oregon and Idaho. The road continues along the Wallowa Mountains – sacred to the Nez Perce tribe – and Eagle Cap Wilderness bringing you to the farming and ranching town of Elgin.


When you arrive, check in to one of the outstanding local bed & breakfast options in the area. The Mays Place Bed & Breakfast, located in the center of town, is a restored Victorian era home complete with antique furnishings and charming hosts.  Be sure to stop downtown at Leap On In Boutique.  Not only are they a full service salon but the front of the shop has handcrafted items from local designers.


For your evening entertainment, the Elgin Opera House is a draw for miles around and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shows are family-friendly and the incredible energy of live performances will transport you from your seat straight into a story.


Before setting out on your morning adventure, grab a hot cup of coffee to-go at Elgin Trail Stop. The drive-thru options are a must, especially to snag the ever-popular Longbottom Expresso, Coffee, Plant Energy Drinks and Iced-Cold Coke or Bubble Tea!


Then hop on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train, whose season runs from May into October, for the opportunity to see countryside where no car can travel. Starting at the Elgin Depot, the Joseph Branch rail line traces a route along the Grande Ronde and Wallowa rivers with a roundtrip time of 3.5 hours.


Finally, stop in at Summerville Store & Tavern for made-from-scratch dishes at this “almost secret spot” featured in Travel Oregon. Known for friendly service and even more for their excellent daily specials ranging from street tacos to saucy country ribs served alongside a frosty selection of beers.

Cricket Flat Coffee

Where to Eat and Drink


Elgin Trail Stop
195 8th Street, Elgin, OR 97827 •  (541) 437-3528

C-zers Drive-In
1390 Division St, Elgin, OR  •  (541) 437-4373

Cowboys & Angels Place
795 Alder St,  Elgin, OR • (541) 437-0888

Elgin Station Grill & Bar
52 North 8th Street, Elgin, OR 97827 •  (541) 437-0100

Summerville Store & Tavern
301 Main Street, Summerville OR 97876 •  (541) 534-6701





What to Do

Hells Canyon Scenic Byway
207 Depot St, La Grande, OR 97850 •  (541) 963-8588

Elgin Opera House
104 N 8th Ave, Elgin, OR 97827 •  (541) 663-6324

Eagle Cap Excursion Train
300 Depot St, Elgin, OR 97827 •  (800) 323-7330

Elgin Museum & Historical Society

180 N 8th Street  Elgin, OR  97827 • (Summer hours 10am-4pm  Thur, Fri & Sat)

Eagle Cap Excursion
Willow Creek Elgin

Where to Stay

255 Cedar Street, Elgin, OR 97827  •  (541) 437-2253

The Mays Place Bed & Breakfast
1001 Division St, Elgin, OR 97827  •  (541) 786-8471

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