About Union County

Nestled in the heart of the Blue Mountains, Union County is home to a diverse population and growing economy.

Alongside pristine lakes and snow-capped mountains lay fertile farmlands and modern communities. With ready access to Interstate 84, well-maintained state highways, and the Union Pacific Railroad, Union County is far from isolated, yet rich in scenic beauty. Many passers through are delighted by the small-town atmosphere and natural resources so close at hand-all alongside big-city amenities.

All seven of Union County outlying communities are within a 30-minute drive of La Grande, the county seat.

Union County is rich with creative expression, perhaps inspired by the natural beauty of the Grande Ronde Valley. Several nationally recognized artists call Union County home, producing music, fine art, theatre performances, and written works. The diversity and quality of performances and cultural activities is rivaled only in large population centers and major urban areas. Eastern Oregon’s cultural scene is enhanced by the presence of Eastern Oregon University. Eastern’s state-of-the-art facility houses two theatre, hosting several dramatic productions and Broadway musicals each year, and provides a venue for the Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestra, touring operas and ballets, and internationally touring musicians.

Union County is justifiably proud of its regional medical center, the Grande Ronde Hospital, which attracts some of the best physicians and surgeons and applies advanced technology to provide excellent healthcare.

Union County is home to Mount Emily Recreation Area (MERA) and offers over 3,600 acres of outstanding year ‘round forest recreation, just two miles from downtown La Grande, Oregon. Enjoy trails dedicated for ATV and ORV use, or pedal across miles of mountain bike trails. Horseback riders, hikers, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers can also enjoy marked trails, offering both gentle routes and challenging terrain. The views are spectacular!

Agriculture continues to serve as a vital role in the county wealth and prosperity by providing a firm foundation for the local economy. Union County farms and ranches produce approximately $99 million of agricultural and farm forest commodities in 2014.

With an attractive location near higher education, leading-edge medical care, and state and federal government offices, Union County is positioned at the hub of business, science, industry, government and tourism in Eastern Oregon. Residents are proud to call Union County home, knowing it offers the best of both rural living and urban amenities.