Beyond the Studio
Eastern Oregon University is located in historic downtown La Grande, the cultural center of Union county. Just off campus you will find a welcoming, walkable business district with coffee shops, restaurants, and a bustling farmers’ market. EOU students enjoy discounts at most stores. Popular live music venues include Ten Depot, Mt Emily Alehouse, and Benchwarmer’s Grill. Just off campus are two local arts organizations, The Art Center at the Old Library, and Arts East, which host regular exhibitions, visiting artists, and live bands. Every autumn, the Eastern Oregon Film Festival brings new cinema, music and visiting filmmakers.
La Grande sits beneath the Blue Mountains in the valley of the Grande Ronde River, surrounded by some of the West’s most stunning and remote landscapes. Nearby landmarks include Eagle Cap Wilderness, the Elkhorn Mountains, Zumwalt Prairie, and Hell’s Canyon. The area is the ancestral home of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse tribes, and has a vibrant history shaped by settlement, gold mining, logging, farming, and still-legendary fishing.
From mountain biking to rafting, you will find bountiful opportunities and breathtaking scenery within minutes of the EOU campus. Popular hiking destinations include Mt. Emily, Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, and the Wallowa Mountains, home to Oregon’s largest wilderness area. Just to the south is Anthony Lakes Ski Area, a classic winter sports destination. Cross-country enthusiasts head north to Tollgate Ski Area. In warm weather, students go to Morgan Lake, a rustic city park just out of town, or drive to the Wallowa Mountains for world class fishing and hiking.