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Pendleton KOA, near Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton KOA, near Pendleton, Oregon

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

I spent six days at Pendleton KOA, near Pendleton, Oregon. None of my target destinations were there, It was just a place to relax, to enjoy the sunshine, to get some work done, and to get back into the routine of travel.

Arrival Day of Tour Nights Departure
GFT GFT 2
2019/5/1 489 1 6 2019/5/7
Mileage Elevation
Odometer Map Actual Local Accumulated   Feet Meters
51,841 283 314 19 GFT 29,147 Actual 1,200 366
GFT 2 314 Δ 1,125 343
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Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton is a small town in northeastern Oregon.Wikipedia It lies nestled in valley of the Umatilla River and the rolling hills alongside. To the south and east the town is ringed by ridges, at that time a soft, velvet green as spring was taking hold, spotted here and there with branching gullies and occasional groves of trees.

A wool-scouring plantPhoenix Popup was built there in the late 19th Century, and eventually became the Pendleton Woolen Mills, widely known for its blankets and jackets.Wikipedia The company has since moved its headquarters to Portland, Oregon, but a small retail facility still remains. Of much greater claim to present importance is the Pendleton Round-up, an annual rodeo that commands an extensive stadium and grounds.

The Journey to Pendleton

After struggling through the Wednesday morning commute on I-405 east of Seattle, I turned east onto I-90 and climbed over Snoqualmie Pass and past Keechelus Lake. By the time I reached Cle Elum, the familiar, tall-firred hills of Western Washington were behind me, and the forests were reduced to small patches, interspersed with miles of grassland and wheat fields, most of which still awaited spring's plow.

At Ellensburg I turned south, past Yakima and down through the vineyards of Washington's wine region. I crossed the Columbia near Umatilla, and was soon in Pendleton.

Maps and Photos of Journey

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Around Pendleton

Like most towns, Pendleton seemed typical to an outsider: typical businesses, typical architecture, typical superficial friendliness. Its uniqueness of its character lies in the specifics of its geography and terrain, and of its history, the latter requiring a lifetime to understand. As I walked through the downtown, I noticed little that would have been unusual anywhere else, except that there seemed to be a large number of watering holes and eating establishments, more than the coffee shops in Seattle, of which there were few.

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A Pendleton Middle School. What message does painting a school bright yellow send to the students?
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Pendleton KOA

The KOA here is located on a ridge, overlooking the wide valley south of town. May's sunny weather showed it off to beneficial effect. The park was relatively small for a KOA, a single loop of paved sites, most designed for smaller trailers to back into, with a large number of long-term residents. It was clean and well managed; the staff was friendly and helpful.

My site was quite large enough to accommodate my trailer and truck. A grassy lawn separated me from my neighbors. My internet during my stay was slow, indicating some distance from the nearest cell tower, but it was adequate.

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Reviews and Details

Contact
Address 1375 SE 3RD St.
Pendleton OR 97801
Home Page https://koa.com/campgrounds/pendleton/
Phone 800-562-7560
541-276-1041
Associations
Rate (net US$) $45
Reviews
Reviewer
 
Rating
(2018/10/25)
Out of
Campground Reviews 7 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
Tripadvisor 4.5 5
KOA 3.5 5
Features
Surfaces Roads Paved Site Paved Family Area Grass
Power 50 30 20  
Site Sewer Water Pull-Through
Amenities Picnic Table Paved Patio   Fire Ring
Shade Trees Campground 7 Site 7 Neighborhood 4
Play Areas Playground Swimming   Golf  
Tennis   Waterfront   Fishing  
Other  
Phoenix
Overall 7 10
Attractiveness 6 10
Neighborhood 6 10
Friendliness 8 10
Site Length 9 10
Site Width 9 10
Ease of Access 7 10
WiFiPhoenix Popup hot-spot 5 10
Pros
  • Attractive views
  • Convenient to interstate
Cons
  • Slow internet

Pendleton Round-Up

What is unique to Pendleton is the Round-Up, an annual rodeo that brings 50,000 people to its 16,000-seat stadium.Wikipedia Although I was there several months before the September event, there was still some bustle as people lead their horses among the many holding pens. The stadium is west of the downtown, along the Umatilla River. I had a nice walk along a paved trail that separates the river from the stadium grounds, as the photos below reveal.

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Onward

My next stop after leaving Pendleton was Twin Falls, Idaho, another place to work, relax and enjoy the scenery of the Snake River valley.

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