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Welcome to John Day

Located in the high desert of NE Oregon, this remote frontier town brings together an awe-inspiring natural landscape with a rich pioneering history. Once the epicenter of Oregon’s gold rush, today this rural outpost remains a beacon of independence for folks who appreciate living life at their own pace. Those who visit John Day come back year-after-year to revel in its four-season terrain, attend events and fairs, and soak up its rich cultural offerings. It's a perfect escape from the crowded big city, where you can immerse yourself in the great outdoors by day and marvel at a clear sea of stars by night.


Explore everything this high desert wonderland has to offer. John Day offers a huge variety in outdoor activities. From hiking, to hunting, fishing and so much more…
Explore everything this high desert wonderland has to offer.

Discover Activities


Take a load off, grab a bite, and stay for a while.Whether you’re traveling by RV, camping by tent, or you have booked one of the local hotels or rental homes, John Day has you covered. 
So come, take a load off, grab a bite, and stay for a while.

Discover Relax


Welcome to our pioneering spirit and rural way of life. This tight-knit community brings the best of small town living with the conveniences of modern life.

Live in John Day


Necessity is the mother of invention and in John Day we understand that small town life is disappearing fast in the US. We are planning on staying firmly on the map and so we want to make it easier to grow your business here, on your terms.

Growth in John Day

Upcoming Events

Daddy Daughter Dance

Enjoy a special nigh with a dinner and get ready to dance the night away. There will be some fun activities with the option to win prizes, along with a professional photo keep-sake and memories to last a lifetime.

Time: 5PM-9PM Location: Fairgrounds Pavillion Grades: K-6th Dinner: Burgers & Fries

February 10, 2023

Mommy Son Dance

Enjoy a night of dancing, laser tag, and games with the chance to win prizes! A 5x7 photo keepsake is included in the price of the ticket. Photos begin at 6PM.

Time: 5PM-9PM Location: Fairgrounds Pavillion Dinner: Pizza & refreshments will be provided

February 11, 2023

Grant County Fair Almost Spring Bazaar

Shop great deals and guaranteed quality products from local vendors. Grant County Fair Grounds 411 NW Bridge Street, John Day, OR 97845. Time: 10AM-4PM

March 4, 2023