Baker City was named for Senator Edward D. Baker, the
only U.S. Senator ever killed in combat, who was killed leading 1700 Union Army
soldiers at Ball's Bluff, Virginia during the Civil War. When the Oregon Short
Line Railroad ran through Baker City in the late 1800's, it prompted growth and
the city became the largest stop between Salt Lake City and Portland, serving as
a trading center for the region. The community loves its pets and has two
veterinarians in town that are ready to provide services when your pooch is
under the weather.
Historical Baker City is on the Oregon Trail and hosts one of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Centers. The four miles of snifftastic trails range in difficulty from easy to moderate. You will trek through areas where old wagon ruts still remain from when the wagons pressed westward. Skiers often travel through the city on their way to sky Anthony Lakes.
Don’t miss the chance to stay at the dog-friendly Geiser Grand, a historical hotel from yesteryear that has been refurbished for discerning guests and their pups for an extra fee per night. The 30 beautifully decorated rooms are just upstairs from the historical 1889 Saloon serving local micro-brews and delicious food. Appetizers are half price during happy hour. Enjoy historical Baker City today!
Baker City has a variety of dog-friendly hotels and eateries. Try D & J Taco Shop for made-to-order tacos and burritos and a plethora of hot sauces. Stop in at the BEERded Dog Growler Fill Station where you can try 19 beer taps, cider, wine, and kombucha with your pup alongside you inside. When you and your pup deserve a treat, stop in at Charley's Ice Cream Parlor and Delicatessan for a tasty sandwich, or even tastier ice cream at the outside tables. When traveling through, stay at the Knights Inn where your pup is welcome to stay with you for an additional fee per night.
Central Park is centrally located in Baker City in the downtown area and next to the Powder River. Take your pooch for a run in the immense open space covered by soft green grass or explore the tree line around the edge of the park. Bring a lunch and relax a bit as you watch the river and the birds who frequent the area. Take a walk with your pup at Sam-O Park through the large open green space that is sometimes used by local sports teams. Fido will do a full body wag for the opportunity to get in a round, or two, of Fetch or some Frisbee catching.
Just 23.5 miles from Baker City is the town of Union and the Thief Valley Reservoir and Park. The pawsome beauty of the reservoir and park makes a great place to explore the informal trails with your pup. The trails pass through high desert with beautiful views of the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains. On the horizon, you'll see a wind farm. Camp at the park in one of the 10 primitive camping sites that accommodate RVs or tent space, all featuring a fire ring, grill, and picnic table to make cooking outside enjoyable as you relax and experience the serenity of the park.