There are two more choices for experiencing the Eagle Cap Excursion Train this month.
On Saturday, July 19, an afternoon trip provides a taste of train travel and beautiful scenery, but leaves plenty of time to pack more adventure or relaxation into the day. Riders can board the train at Minam at 1:30 p.m. The train follows the Wallowa River downstream to the bridge at Rondowa, where the Wallowa and Grande Ronde join, then continues up the Grande Ronde River to Elgin (26 miles on the train). A short, 15-minute bus ride taking passengers back to Minam is included in the ticket price. Passengers arrive back at Elgin at about 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 31, the Summer Sundowner is another opportunity to enjoy a scenic evening train ride, but with a sweet delight at the end. The train leaves the Elgin Depot at 6 p.m., when the scenery is exceptional and wildlife comes out of the shadows, and arrives at Minam just before the sun sets. There, passengers can create a frozen yogurt treat from Tropical Swirl and eat it on the lawn of the Minam Store & Motel. A short, 15-minute bus ride takes passengers back to the Elgin Depot by 9 p.m. Even if the day is hot, riders are advised to bring a jacket in case the evening mountain air feels chilly.