Living Here

Gilliam County lies in the heart of north-central Oregon. A geographically diverse area, the county boasts elevations near sea-level to nearly 4,000 feet at the base of the Blue Mountains. The ecology of the land includes the nation’s second longest, free-flowing river (the wild and scenic John Day River), miles of rolling hills, open vistas, and incredible natural beauty.

Gilliam County is the destination for adventurers and dreamers who want to get off the beaten path. Here you can hook the big one in the morning, then try your hand at wind-surfing in the afternoon. Make your home in a real live ghost town and sleep under the stars at the spectacular Cottonwood Canyon State Park. Marvel at the breathtaking sunsets over the Cascade Range and savor our simple, what’s-your-hurry lifestyle.

But the best part of Gilliam County is our people. This is still a place where neighbors know and help one another. Where crime rarely happens and kids are free to ride bikes and play games until dusk. Where cowboys and farmers (and artists, engineers, bank clerks, and baristas) put in an honest day’s work. When you think of small town America, you’re thinking of us.

It’s just one of the reasons we consider Gilliam County Oregon’s best kept secret.

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: K’Lynn Lane

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Farrar

Photo Credit: K’Lynn Lane

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: K’Lynn Lane

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Photo Credit: Tony Price

Windsurfers-2Located on the mighty Columbia River, Arlington is a peaceful community and a paradise for water lovers. Spend your afternoon swimming and picnicking at the lush Earl Snell Memorial Park or try your hand windsurfing on the Columbia River.

If dry land is more your speed, check out the region’s newest crop: Windmills, whose clusters of white pillars and massive turbines rise up in all directions and are mesmerizing.

Arlington’s laid-back pace, friendly folks, and big skies are a great way to slow down and take in the peace and serenity of Oregon’s natural beauty.

Condon Oregon Grain BinsCondon is a proud, century-old farming community nestled between miles of rolling, golden wheat fields in Eastern Oregon. We are located just 38 miles south of the mighty Columbia River, less than 3 hours east of Portland, and 2.5 hours north of Bend. And we are at the doorstep of the Blue Mountains and the beautiful Cottonwood Canyon State Park, which provide outstanding hiking, camping, boating and fishing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Our beautifully restored Main Street has been compared to a Norman Rockwell painting and is registered on the National Historical Sites.

Lonerock_ChurchA quick drive east of Condon leads to a beautiful valley and the quaint community of Lonerock, a once booming pioneer town. Look for the huge rock — the town’s namesake — next to a sparkling Methodist church, which dates back to 1898 and is still used for weddings and other special events.

There are several historical buildings dating back to the late 1800s, including a jail (1891) and a schoolhouse (1881). Be sure to check out the community’s unique post office too.

Earl Snell Memorial Park (Arlington)Earl Snell Park
Park and floating dock.  In the summer you can swim, fish, play volleyball, basketball or horseshoes.   There is a jungle gym for kids and an old caboose for fun.  The gazebo provides a wonderful place for picnics.  Open year-around.

To schedule areas of the park for events, please call the City of Arlington (541) 454-2743 to make reservations.

Condon City Park (Condon)Condon City Park
Located on the south end of the city along Main Street, the Condon City Park is the crown jewel of the community. The park offers a children’s play structure, shady area with flowers and peaceful water features.  Picnic tables are available, as well as ADA restroom facilities (closed during winter). Recently, the Park underwent a major renovation to improve accessibility and ensure it remains an open, inviting space for community members and visitors.

To schedule the park for events call the City of Condon (541) 384-2711 to make reservations.

Cottonwood Canyon State Park (John Day River)Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Jagged cliffs, steep canyon walls, and an untamed river provide the backdrop for Oregon’s newest and second largest state park. The sprawling 8,000 acre oasis is a gateway to adventure, offering excellent fishing plus plentiful hiking, wildlife viewing, and star-gazing opportunities.

Cottonwood Canyon opened in September 2013 and includes a day-use area, primitive 21-site campground, and a nearby boat launch at J.S. Burres Park. There’s also a unique interpretive center, which introduces visitors to life on an Eastern Oregon ranch.

Schools
Arlington Community Charter School
Condon School District 25JGilliam County Happy Family

Health Services
North Gilliam County Health Services
South Gilliam County Health Services

Government
City of Arlington
City of Condon
Gilliam County

Chamber of Commerce
Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce
Condon Chamber of Commerce