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!

Seasonal Short / Wednesday, May 4 Completed
Mother’s Day Brunch / Sunday, May 8 Completed
Seasonal Short / Saturday, May 28
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Grande Wallowa / Saturday June 11
This train ride follows the Grande Ronde River from Elgin to Rondowa, then travels through the backcountry, up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River to Minam. Passengers take a 15-minute scenic bus ride over the dramatic Minam Grade back to the Elgin depot, included in the ticket price. Train departs Elgin at 10 a.m. / the bus returns to Elgin by 1 p.m. Boxed meal included. The train ride travels about 26 miles. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Wallowa Grande / Saturday, June 11
Passengers check in at the Elgin Depot and board a charter bus for a 15-minute scenic ride over the dramatic Minam Grade to Minam, (included in the ticket price), where they board the train for the ride through backcountry to Elgin. This trip follows the Wallowa River from Minam to Rondowa, then travels up the Grande Ronde River to Elgin. Enjoy beautiful scenery and watch for wildlife. Bus departs the Elgin depot at 3 p.m. / the train returns to Elgin by 6 p.m. Boxed meal included. The train ride travels about 26 miles. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Big Foot Train / Saturday, June 18
Following the Grande Ronde and Wallowa Rivers as they tumble their courses and join together at Rondowa, our Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! But this trip promises more excitement and fun, as we’ve heard Sasquatch has been spotted in the area! Are you a naysayer or a believer? This train ride may sway your opinion. A Big Foot worthy lunch is included. Departs from Elgin Depot at 10 a.m. / returns by 2 p.m.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Father’s Day Special / Sunday, June 19
Travel along the Grande Ronde River to the historic Palmer Junction mill site, where passengers get off the train and a hot lunch is served on-site. Enjoy the river and relish in the beautiful scenery. Next, we travel to the bridge at Rondowa, where we reverse directions for the return to Elgin. Departs at 11 a.m. and returns to Elgin by 2:30 p.m. 33 miles, round trip.
Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Two Rivers Bonus Ride / Wednesday, June 29
Designed for rail fans, this longer train ride follows the Grande Ronde River from Elgin to Rondowa, then travels up the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River to Minam, where you have the chance to stretch your legs before the return to Elgin. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during this 6-hour ride. Departs at 10 a.m.; boxed lunch, snack and beverage included. 52 miles traveled, round trip. Adults = $85 / Seniors 60+ = $80 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (not recommended for kids under 3)

High Country Outlaws Train Robbery / Saturday, July 9
There are bandits out there in the hills, and they are looking for an excuse to flag down the train and climb on board. Be on the lookout for beautiful horses and sneaky bandits. Hide your valuables and keep your camera handy! A boxed lunch is served during the return leg of the trip. Departs from Elgin at 10 a.m. / returns at about 2 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Two Rivers Evening / Wednesday, July 13
Enjoy the evening light as 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. The ride continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The scenery is fantastic! A delicious meal is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 4:30 p.m., / returns at about 8 p.m.
Adults = $80 / Seniors 60+ = $75 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Two Rivers / Saturday, July 23
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. The ride continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! A delicious, boxed lunch is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m., / returns at about 1:30 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Seasonal Short / Wednesday, July 27
This ride is perfect for families or people who want to pack a lot into their day. The rushing river, lush green grass and flowers are highlights as we travel along the Grande Ronde River. We’ll stop at the historic Palmer Junction mill site, where passengers can get off the train, enjoy the river and relish in the beautiful scenery. Lunch is served when you return to your seats. About 25 miles, round trip. Departs at 10 a.m. / returns at 1 p.m.; boxed lunch included.
Adults = $70 / Seniors 60+ = $65 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

High Country Outlaws Train Robbery / Saturday, September 3
There are bandits out there in the hills, and they are looking for an excuse to flag down the train and climb on board. Be on the lookout for beautiful horses and sneaky bandits. Hide your valuables and keep your camera handy! A boxed lunch is served during the return leg of the trip. Departs from Elgin at 10 a.m. / returns at about 2 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Two Rivers / Saturday, September 10
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. The ride continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! A delicious, boxed lunch is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m., / returns at about 1:30 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Two Rivers / Saturday, September 17
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. The ride continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! A delicious, boxed lunch is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m., / returns at about 1:30 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. Adults = $75 / Seniors 60+ = $70 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $35 / (kids under 3 ride for free!)

Alpen Train / Wednesday, September 21
We’re joining forces with the folks from Oregon’s Alpenfest, www.oregonalpenfest.com, to give this ride a Bavarian flavor and get you in the mood for the popular annual event in Joseph, held this September 29 – October 2. Expect plated Bavarian food on the menu, guest hosts in lederhosen and dirndl dresses, live accordion music and lots of Alpen fun! Non-alcoholic beer will be among the beverage choices. Departs from Elgin at 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m. Brilliant fall colors and wildlife are scenic highlights, along the beautiful Grande Ronde River.
Adults = $80 / Seniors 60+ = $75 / Youth, 3 to 16 = $40 (kids under 3 ride for free!)

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. The ride continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then reverses direction for the return to Elgin. The Two Rivers ride is our standard trip, and the scenery is fantastic! A delicious, boxed lunch is included and served along the way. Departs from Elgin 10 a.m. / returns at about 1:30 p.m. 38 miles traveled, round trip. 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 continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, then 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 Rondowa, where it is joined by the Wild & Scenic Wallowa River. The ride continues a couple of miles up the Wallowa, 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 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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