Wildhorse Resort & Casino
Wildhorse Resort & Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The Las Vegas-style casino has over 1,200 slot machines as well as traditional table games including blackjack, roulette, craps and poker. The resort’s other amenities include five restaurants, an 18-hole championship golf course, a 10-story hotel tower, a conference center, a gift shop, and an RV park with tipi camping. Family entertainment options include a 5-screen cineplex, a video arcade, and a children’s entertainment center.
Pendleton is fortunate to be home to two terrific golf courses. The WildhorseResort Golf Course, mentioned above, is less than a mile from Coyote Business Park – close enough to hit the range on your lunch break! Pendleton Country Club is a member-owned private course just a few miles south of Pendleton. Both are beautiful, well-groomed courses that provide challenging play for golfers of any skill level.
Hunting & Fishing
Northeast Oregon is a dream for sporting men and women. The Umatilla River and McKay Reservoir are located right here in Pendleton and together provide fishing opportunities for salmon, steelhead, trout, bass and more. Both are popular destinations for family boating and floating.
A half hour drive from Pendleton can have you boating and fishing on the Columbia River, and a drive of just a couple hours can get you to some of the most storied fishing waters of the Northwest: Grande Ronde, Deschutes, John Day, Wallowa, Snake.
Big game hunting in Northeast Oregon includes elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, pronghorn antelope, black bear and cougar. Bird hunters can pursue pheasants, geese, ducks, wild turkey, grouse, quail and more.
Parks, Camping, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Like any good city Pendleton has a variety of clean, well-kept municipal parks for family sports and leisure – 21 parks in all. State parks and campgrounds within a half day’s drive are too numerous to count. And for the more adventurous, there are no less than seven federally designated wilderness areas inside a 150 mile radius of Pendleton.
ATV’s & Snowmobiles
Pendleton’s proximity to national forest lands – 5.4 million acres in all between the Umatilla, Malheur, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests – provides ample opportunities for ATV and snowmobile enthusiasts. Summer or winter, you can spend free time exploring miles upon miles of trails and enjoying the scenic beauty of region.
Skiing & Snowboarding
These local ski areas are popular among day trippers, but Pendleton is also just a few hour’s drive from bigger mountains like Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor.
Spout Springs Ski Area – 45 miles
Anthony Lakes Ski Area – 96 miles
Ski Bluewood – 92 miles