Living in Eastern Oregon

Many communities in the counties served by the college have unique seasonal festivals and historic architecture that reflect the spirit and history of the region. The world-famous Pendleton Round-Up celebrates the heritage of the West every September with rodeo competitions, community events, and pageants. This cowboy sport is also enjoyed at county fairs and other festivals throughout the region. The Hermiston FunFest, Baker City’s Miners’
Jubilee, and Milton-Freewater’s Muddy Frogwater Festival are a few of the many popular events that showcase local products and community pride. Farmers’ markets are also a part of eastern Oregon culture. Beginning in the spring and continuing into fall, these weekly gatherings provide access to the freshest of fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, music, and opportunities for visiting with neighbors and new friends.
 
Bordered by the Blue Mountains, the Columbia River, and rolling crop land, our district abounds in recreational attractions. The local area offers an abundance of year-round recreational sites, including state and national parks. The Umatilla National Forest, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service, provides more than a million acres of wilderness recreation opportunities. Skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, rafting, and hunting are outdoor activities available to BMCC students, local residents, and visitors. There are also many golf courses, open roads for bicycling, and vibrant parks and recreation organizations providing intramural
sports and activities that will keep people of all ages busy throughout the year.
 
Eastern Oregon has four distinct seasons with a very livable climate. Sun-filled summers see temperatures ranging from 73 to over 100 degrees, while winters average 33 degrees. Humidity is low, averaging 45 to 50 percent. Our dry climate produces about 13 inches of rain each year. Snow is close at hand for winter fun.
 
The closest major cities to the main campus in Pendleton are Boise (223 miles), Portland (210 miles), and Spokane (206 miles). There is a small regional airport in Pendleton that serves travelers commuting to and from Portland. Also available at a reasonable distance is the Walla Walla, Washington airport and the Pasco, Washington airport.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)