Pendleton is fortunate to be located in a very active recreation region.
Many visitors from Washington and California, Idaho, and other parts of Oregon come to Pendleton each year to enjoy some of the fantastic hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, and other outdoor activities abundant in northeast Oregon.
Within a one-hour drive of Pendleton is the Blue Mountain Range, which
boasts some of the best hiking, climbing, backpacking, and camping in the entire northwest. Additionally, the region is known for some of the finest elk, deer, upland bird and waterfowl hunting in North America. Just north of Pendleton, the Columbia River offers anglers excellent salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, bass, and walleye fishing. Local lakes and small rivers are also filled with trophy-size bass and rainbow trout.
During long warm spring and summer months, the Columbia River is also popular for water skiing, sailing, and boating.
West of Pendleton is the Columbia River Gorge, which has developed over time into a world-class windsurfing area.
Public access to the nearby Columbia River is encouraged by thousands of
acres of fishable shoreline parks with trails for bicycling, walking and jogging.
As a result of these calls of the wild, Pendletonians are an active bunch.
Twenty-two public city parks, the summer-lovin' water park, a Dreamland skate park, the Wildhorse resort golf course, Pendleton Country Club and a 1.5-mile nature riverwalk along the beautiful Umatilla River make it so easy to get outdoors.
Pendleton also enjoys a healthy tourism industry, both steeped in tradition and ever-changing. The world-famous Pendleton Round-Up showcases the top riders and ropers from around the country.
The Pendleton Underground Tours salutes the sacrifices of the people who made the city tick over 100 years ago. Meanwhile, a hip new distillery turns out smooth whiskey and locally-topped pizzas all day long. The Pendleton Woolen Mills has an 85-year history of quality blankets and Indian folklore patterns, yet still offers fresh looks each season.
Right next to the Round-Up grounds is the Pendleton Convention Center, another component of the town's successful tourism industry.
Opened in 1991, PCC hosts many conventions and trade shows throughout the year and has become a real asset to many national associations and event planners.
Last year more than 100,000 visitors attended conventions, celebrations, and conferences held at the Pendleton Convention Center.
The Wildhorse Resort and Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation attracts an average of 450,000 visitors yearly, and is in the midst of an expansion.
The nearby Tamastslikt Cultural Institute is known for its culturally relevant traveling exhibits and acclaimed collection of Native American art.