Adventure Trip Planner

Adventure Trip Planner


Whether you are here for a day, a weekend or a week, be sure to talk with us about what you want your visit to the John Day River Territory to feel and look like. We will help you design your perfect adventure. Choose one of these popular adventures or design your own.

The Adventurer – Day Trip

Drive to the Thomas Condon Center located outside of Kimberly.  Visit the Cant Ranch across the road from The Thomas Condon Center.  Drive to Blue Basin.  Do easy (1 mile) or advanced hike (3 miles).  Visit the Kimberly orchards.  Picnic or snack at Shady Grove just past Spray (towards Kimberly).  Join us for dinner.  Enjoy your favorite beverage on the deck.  Wave at cars.

Painted Hills Getaway – Half to Full Day Trip

Drive to the Painted Hills. Walk 1/4 mile trails.  Picnic/swim at Priest Hole.

Rim-rocks and River Drive – Two Hour Trip

Enjoy a nice drive by going to Rowe Creek and on through to Twickenham and back to Service Creek.  Pack a picnic and eat down by the river to make it a longer trip.

Meet the Neighbors Loop – One Hour Trip

Enjoy a nice drive by going to Winlock Lane and making a loop drive back through Alder Creek and back to Service Creek.

Fossil Fest – Day Trip

Go to Fossil to visit Fossil Museum.  Dig for fossils at the Fossil High School.  Visit the Paleland Gift Shop and Gallery.  Drive to the Clarno Unit to see remnants of ancient volcanoes.  Hike in the national monument.

Scenic Road and River Tour – Day Trip

Take a 1/2 day float and drive (Route 3 or 4) in the late afternoon /  early evening.


River Tour – Day Trip

Get out and explore the John Day Basin via raft.  River tours are the perfect way to experience the majestic beauty and remoteness of the  basin.

Hunting for the Past – Day Trip

Take picture with Sasquatch in Spray.  Pictogram hunt in Picture Gorge.  Travel to Mitchell on Hwy 19 and visit the Painted Hills.  Return via Donnelly Grade.

Ghost Town Tour – Half Day Trip

Ghost Town.  Visit Richmond, then go to Twickenham back to Service Creek. Make it a full day trip by packing a picnic and swimming down at the river in Twickenham.

Fishing & Picnic Adventure – Half/Full Day Trip

Enjoy fishing on the wild and scenic John Day River and enjoy a freshly made picnic lunch from the deli at Service Creek.

Shopping the Frontier – Full Day Trip

Shopping Old West Style by visiting local shops in Fossil, Condon, Mitchell and Spray.

R&R – Half/Full Day

Are you just plain beat?  Catch up on that much needed rest and relaxation by reading on the wrap around porch of the lodge.  Massage?  No problem.  Our local massage therapist can help.  Just let the staff know and we’ll set up an appointment (space is limited).

Photography Tour – Half/Full Day

Get your camera ready to take some unbelievable shots at the Painted Hills, Blue Basin Clarno Palicades.  The beautiful colors of the Paleo Lands landscape are all around us and can best be seen after a rainstorm.

Personalized Paleo Tour – Half/Full Day Trip

Undecided on where to go, or simply want to learn more about the area?  We will help you schedule a personalized tour with one of the experienced and knowledgeable local guides.

Rafting Adventure – Multi-Day Trip

Design your own personalized rafting adventure.  Work with Service Creek to design your trip, rent your gear and shuttle your vehicles for the ultimate, unforgettable multi-day rafting adventure trip.  For more information, please visit the Rafting and Shuttles section of this site.

Pampered Rafting Weekend – Multi Day Trip

Enjoy rafting in style.  Let Service Creek help you design the perfect day trips to get out and experience the river.  Later, return to a clean room, hot meal and old west hospitality that you deserve.  The next day, take off to raft another section of the river.

Golf Adventure – Half/Full Day Trip

Golf at the renowned Kinzua Golf Course located just outside of Fossil.  This golf course has six holes, making it fun for golfers of all experience levels.

Bicycle Tour – Full/Half Day Trip

Get out and explore by pedaling your way through Paleolands.  Oregon Paleolands Institute (OPLI) has put together a comprehensive book outlining the best roads to explore the John Day Basin.  You may purchase this book at Service Creek for $5.00 or at OPLI.

Motorcycle Tour – Full Day Trip

Get out and ride!  Explore the John Day Basin in your leathers.  These roads are becoming more and more well known thoughout motorcycle groups across the nation.  Service Creek offers free motorcycle maps of the area.