2022 Trip Descriptions & Prices

Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of a train ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train. Journey back in time on a section of the picturesque and historic Joseph Branch rail line in Northeast Oregon. Discover untamed territory as the train follows the Grande Ronde River downstream through rugged cliffs and timbered ridges, then travels up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. Whether you are a rail fan, a nature and wildlife enthusiast, a history buff or a vacationer looking for a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the spectacular beauty of region, a ride on the Eagle Cap Excursion Train is sure to please!

SUMMER SEASON The summer season went very well. We thank our passengers and volunteers for making the season so successful. Now it’s time to get on board for some fall fun!

REMAINING FALL SEASON

Bigfoot Train Two Rivers / Saturday, October 1
The train departs from the Elgin Depot and follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. Along the way, be on the lookout for Bigfoot, as they are rumored to be in the area. Our guests for this ride are Bigfoot experts Scot and Hannah Violette, of Squatch America. They will offer information and answer questions about the legendary creature (Is it real or a myth?!) A delicious, boxed lunch is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 2 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Arrive early to peruse and shop the Squatch America booth at the depot before the ride.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Two Rivers Bonus Ride / Saturday, October 8
Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and rugged river corridor scenery! Designed for rail fans, this 6-hour train ride follows the Grande Ronde River from Elgin to Rondowa, then travels up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River all the way to Minam. You’ll have the chance to stretch your legs before boarding for the return to Elgin. Departs from Elgin at 10 a.m. / returns at about 4 p.m. Delicious boxed lunch, snack and beverage included. 52 rail miles, round trip.
Adults = $85 / Seniors 60+ = $80 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (not recommended for kids under 3)

Fall Foliage / Saturday, October 15
Enjoy the amazing fall colors as the train follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The ride may continue a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then it reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! A delicious, boxed meal is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Fall Foliage / Sunday, October 16
Enjoy the amazing fall colors as the train follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The ride may continue a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then it reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! A delicious, boxed meal is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

End of Season Bounty / Saturday, October 22
Enjoy the bounty of the season and the waning fall colors as the train follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to the bridge at Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The ride then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The late-season scenery is fantastic! A delicious hot meal featuring stew with locally sourced meat, vegetables and fruit is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

End of Season Bounty / Sunday, October 23
Enjoy the bounty of the season and the waning fall colors as the train follows the shore of the Grande Ronde River to the bridge at Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The ride then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The late-season scenery is fantastic! A delicious hot meal featuring stew with locally sourced meat, vegetables and fruit is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Sometimes things occur beyond our control that cause us to have to make changes to the train schedule, including, in very rare instances, even cancelling rides. We do everything in our power to keep this from happening, but if it should, the price of your ticket purchases will be refunded. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on the train.

To book a seat, please select “Book Online” after February 22. Our reservations manager can help if you need additional travel information, lodging arrangements or if you would like to purchase a gift certificate.

Youth Passengers: We love giving young riders the opportunity to ride a train, but for their safety, please make sure youth 12 and younger are accompanied by an adult at all times. If your youth has a healthy appetite, when you book their tickets, you may choose an adult meal for a small fee, added to the Youth ticket price.

The Route: The train operates on a section of the Wallowa Union Railroad (formerly known as the Joseph Branch),  following the shores of the Grande Ronde River from Elgin north, to where the river is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The track then follows the Wallowa River upstream to Minam and then on through Wallowa and Enterprise, ending in Joseph. The Eagle Cap Excursion Train uses only the section from Elgin to Minam.

All rides feature beautiful views of the river, towering open and forested ridges and jagged basalt cliffs. On the return leg of the trip, passengers on the river side of the train are asked to change sides with those on the mountain side.

Please wear closed-toe shoes and be aware that there will be side-to-side rocking when the train is moving. There are rest rooms on the train and cars have air conditioning or heat, as needed. The Elgin Depot has a ticket counter, gift shop, multi-stall rest rooms and ample parking. 541.437.3652

Charters & Groups: Are you looking for a fun group activity or venue for your special event? Entire cars can be reserved for groups, or charter the whole train for an unforgettable special event. Regardless of whether you are on a charter or a scheduled trip, our car hosts help make your time on the train enjoyable.

Service dogs: We do not allow pets on the train. However, service dogs, with special training to assist their handler, are welcome. To smooth the process of checking in at the depot and to help our volunteers seat you and your service animal, please let us know in advance that your dog will be accompanying you. We ask that the dog wear a vest, so our volunteers and fellow passengers know they are on the job. They must be on a leash at all times.

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