Valley Sights

  • Joseph to Enterprise

  • Up To 2 Hours

  • 12 Mile Round Trip

  • Electric Assist On Every Car

  • $70 / Tandem Car     $130 / Quad      $15 / Jump Seat

  • Souvenir 4x6 Print Included

  • Departs 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm*

  • Thursday  through  Monday

About this trip...

Enjoy this peaceful pedal through a wide open valley at the base of the towering Wallowa Mountains.
With lots of fresh air, and a good possibility of wildlife sightings this trip is an amazing scenic adventure.

Your trip begins with an awesome Wallowa River crossing and then you'll stop for your professional souvenir photo
with an amazing mountain backdrop. Next you'll venture into an area flanked by dense pine forest.
Beyond the forest the rails lead you into wide open pasture land with farm animals and vast open views.

Your return trip provides some of the most breathtaking unobstructed views of the majestic Wallowa Mountains around.

Finally, pickup your included souvenir photo print and check out our other goodies in our depot.

💡 Important Tips
• Every Railrider in Joseph features a pedal electric assist system for use on the uphill return leg of the trip. It is used for everyone and is a standard and part of the ride.
You'll cruise back at a gentle 7 mph. Our electric assist system allows guests of varying fitness levels to enjoy this trip and requires minimal physical exertion.

*Please Note:
To help condense our trips as well as to ensure the most comfortable and enjoyable experience
as possible all of our departure times may not be available every day.

Review the following prior to booking

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Pairs will sit on Tandem Cars together
Families or groups of 3 or 4 adults may select a Quad Car if available. Groups with children ages 1-7 should also explore our Jump Seat options

No Animals Permitted
There is no safe way to transport an animal onboard a Railrider.
It is also strictly prohibited in our use contract with the Railroad, so ultimately it's out of our hands
Local Pet Boarding
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Groups larger than two will need to book multiple Railriders or a Quad Car
We do not hold seats for onsite booking or overflow. If your group has not reserved the proper configuration we may not have space available to accommodate everyone

Children ages 16 and up may ride on their own Railrider
A responsible adult must be present on the trip

Safety Reminder: There is a 300lb / 136kg weight limit per each seat.
This is a limitation of our equipment and to ensure your safety it is a rule we cannot bend

Review car / seating options

Choose the car(s) and/or seats (if needed)
to accommodate your whole party

Choose date, time, & book trip below

Follow these steps to book your trip

1. Review car / seating options

2. Choose the car(s) and/or seats (if needed)
to accommodate your whole party

3. Choose date, time, & book trip below

No discount for empty seats.   Lap riding is not permitted unless it's an infant secured in a chest carrier.
Tandem Car  -  $70 (from $35/guest)

(8 available per trip)

  • The sports coupe of our fleet is great for pairs of any combo, they may be linked together during the first leg of the trip to create a makeshift Quad Car

  • At least 1 guest age 16+ must be able to pedal to operate the assist, these cars may be used by a single rider if needed, our VIP seat is a good option for singles too

  • Each seat has 2 cup holders and a lap seat belt, there is room for a backpack or soft cooler

  • Most Children 8+ can reach, age 3 - 7 ride without pedaling

  • Your infant car seat may be belted onto these seats, infants up to 1 year may also ride in a chest carrier for free

  • Jump Seats can turn a Tandem Car into a 3 or 4 seat car for guests with children, see Jump Seat for more details

Quad Car  -  $130 (from $32.5/guest)

(2 available per trip)

  • With 4 seats and 4 sets of pedals this is ideal for families with children, groups of friends, or odd numbered parties

  • Most children 8+ can reach, age 3 - 7 ride without pedaling

  • Your infant car seat may be belted onto these seats, infants up to 1 year may also ride in a chest carrier for free

  • Each seat has 2 cup holders and a lap seat belt

  • Luggage space is limited, e.g. we can fit four backpacks on board and tha'ts about it. (bags with straps work well)

  • 1 guest 16+ must be able to pedal to operate the assist

  • Very important:
    Quad Cars have a max weight limit of 1000 lbs / 453 kg,
    Jump Seats cannot be put onto Quad Cars


Jump Seat  -  $15

(6 available per trip)

  • Non-Pedaling add on seat for use on Tandem Cars only,
    for Children ages 1 - 7

  • Add up to 2 Jump Seats per Tandem Car

  • 5-point or lap style seat belt depending on child size

    Very Important:
    Jump Seats can only be put onto Tandem Cars, not Quads

Seating Examples

VIP Seat   -  $35

(1 available per trip)

Our VIP Seat is located on our Guide Car next to your Guide.

It's great for single riders or odd numbered groups if our Quad Cars aren't available.

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💡   What are the different ride times like?

The best time of day to ride all depends on you and your group and the temperatures and amounts of sun you enjoy. 

 

8 am 

Typically one of the cooler rides of the day, it will offer some shaded areas to take brief breaks if needed. This time may have some more wildlife than others due to cooler temperatures. During the rainy season this time may be more wet than others.

 

11 am

This ride will typically be warm with nearly full sun most parts of the season. It’s a great time to go and most guests find it enjoyable but you’ll need to come prepared for sun exposure with both proper hydration and sun protection.

 

2 pm

On paper the weather station might say it’ll be a few degrees warmer than our 11 am trip and that may be true but it typically doesn’t feel like it. Actually this trip tends to offer up some shaded areas for brief breaks and our summer breeze usually kicks up during this trip making for an enjoyable time to ride.

 

5 pm

This time can be very special. You’ll experience cooler temperatures as the sun makes its way toward the horizon. It’s a great time for photography as the lighting changes can create dramatic shadows and shoots of sunlight. It can be a good time to spot wildlife as things cool down. During the rainy season this time may be more wet than others.

Rescheduling Policy

Booking changes must be made at least 48 hours prior to your trip or your booking will remain as booked. Be sure you book the correct number of cars for your party. Booking errors are costly and will not be refunded.

Additional Policy Details

Inclement Weather Policy

We will operate in light rain. We have had many fun trips on days with predicted rains. The weather changes rapidly and much of the predicted precipitation tends to stick to the mountains.

Inclement Weather Procedures

In the event of foul weather we will start with a 15 minute delay and continue with delays in 15 minute intervals up to one hour until it clears. If it does’t clear we will be forced to cancel and attempt to reschedule the trip.

Weather Refunds

We reserve the right to cancel outings for any reason. If this happens we will make every effort to work with you to find an alternative time or date for you to enjoy Railriding. If we cannot make that happen we will issue a full refund.

Additional Policy Details

Cancellation Policy
For Small Groups (less than 10)

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your trip to receive a refund.


For Large Groups (10 or more)

Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your trip to receive a refund.

Any approved cancellations made inside of these windows will receive a credit in the form of a gift card for future use.

Extenuating Circumstances
We are a family run human company, extenuating circumstances will be addressed on a case by case basis. We understand there is sometimes a need to cancel or adjust bookings, that’s life, but things like same day cancellations and no shows often prevent others who may want to go from having an opportunity to do so. We try to keep our policies fair but we also strive to limit these occurrences as much as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Additional Policy Details
When We Won't Ride

We generally are able to operate in most conditions with the exception of the following:

  • Thunderstorms, any sign of localized lighting
  • Heavy rain (not very enjoyable and we loose traction)
  • Wet conditions in weather colder that 45 degrees (not enjoyable)
  • Heavy fog
  • Smokey conditions where the air quality index is above 150: Unhealthy level or higher
  • Extreme winds or dust storms

Essentially it comes down to insuring the safety of everyone and making sure your Railriding experience is memorable for all the right reasons.

Additional Policy Details

Late Arrivals, No Shows, Booking Errors
Late Arrivals

Like a train, we run on a set schedule. Your instructed arrival time allows for check-in, safety orientation, and seat adjustments. We cannot wait, we will leave at our scheduled time.

Communication Is Key
If you miss your trip because you arrive late but reached out to us ahead of time: We’ll do our best to fit your party onto another departure time for the same day. If this isn’t feasible you will forfeit your tickets and will not receive a refund.

No-Call No-Show

If you simply do not show up by the time your trip departs, or at all, you are NOT ELIGIBLE to reschedule or receive a refund.


Booking Errors

If you make a booking error and overbook your trip you will not receive a refund for unused cars/seats. These errors cost our company potential guests who may have wanted to go and couldn't. Underbooking We do not hold cars aside for walkups. If you underbook for what your party needs there is a likely possibility that we won't have enough space for everyone to ride. We will not refund the items already booked if this happens.

Additional Policy Details
Don't be late, Arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time

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Trip Specific Questions

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Who is this trip for?

Pretty much everyone. We have had guests ranging in age from newborns to in their nineties.

We have a 300lb weight limit per seat.

What are the different ride times like?

The best time of day to ride all depends on you and your group and the temperatures and amounts of sun you enjoy. 

 

8 am 

Typically one of the cooler rides of the day, it will offer some shaded areas to take brief breaks if needed. This time may have some more wildlife than others due to cooler temperatures. During the rainy season this time could be more wet than others.

 

11 am

This ride will typically be warm with nearly full sun most parts of the season. It’s a great time to go but you’ll need to come prepared for sun exposure.

 

2 pm

On paper the weather station might say it’ll be a few degrees warmer than our 11 am trip. Actually this trip typically offers up some shaded areas for brief breaks and our summer breeze usually kicks up during this trip making for an enjoyable time to ride.

 

5 pm

In the past it was a rare event to ride this late in the day but there is good reason for why we added this option into our permanent 2020 schedule. This time can be very special. You’ll experience cooler temperatures as the sun makes its way toward the horizon. It’s a great time for photography as the lighting changes creating dramatic shadows and shoots of sunlight. It can be a good time to spot wildlife as things cool down. However during the rainy season this time may be more wet than others.

What are the different times of the season like?

All times of the year are great. But if you have certain sensitivities to rainy weather, heat, cold, or crowds you may want heed this advice.

 

Weather

The beginning and end of season may be rainy. If you come in May, early June, Late September and October expect there to be a higher chance or rainy days. We do have some pretty fun trips in light rain but if potentially getting wet and sometimes cold and wet isn’t your thing then you might want to work with us to find a dry day to ride.

On the flip side, late June, July, and August is typically dry and warm/hot. We usually only get a stretch of days up to a week of temps north of 100 degrees.

 

Sensitivities to Heat / Sun

If traveling during our summer months we encourage you ride our morning or evening trips. Always remember to hydrate and use sun protection.

 

Sensitivities to Cold

We have scheduled our season with this in mind offering only our mid-day trips during the cooler parts of the season so the trips are more comfortable. However there are sometimes some cool / cold days that sneek in in May, early June, and again in September. We encourage you to book during the middle of the day if cold is uncomfortable during these times of year.

 

Crowds

The beginning and end months of our season typically have less people on our trips if crowds are a concern. However we never have more than 30 people on our attraction. 

 

Bonus Tip

The early months of the season offer spring blooms, and the later months offer fall colors both of which are a little extra icing on an already awesome slice of cake.

What happens on the trip?

Start

You will depart as a group at your selected departure time. You will generally get some space in between Railriders as youtravel between towns and enjoy a peaceful brisk downhill cruise.

 

Don’t forget to stop and look at the five road crossings.

 

Midpoint

At our midpoint you may carefully get off of your Railrider. This is a great time to stretch your legs and use the restroom if need be. Please stay near the Railriders so that you will be ready to board after your guide rotates them for your return trip. This is a great time let your guide know if you need a seat adjustment.

 

Return Leg

This is where the grand views are! This is the “uphill” portion. It is a gentle yet consistent uphill grade back to Joseph. You’ll have your assist to give you a hand.

 

Don’t forget to stop and look at the five road crossings.

   

Home Base

Congratulations you made it! Checkout our souvenir shop and museum area in our office.

Don’t forget to share pictures and stories of your adventure with friends and family.

Now it’s time to decide which trip to conquer next. They are all special in their own way.

What should / may we bring?

Storage is limited but there is room for some essentials.

*remember the more you bring the more you pedal

 

Essentials you should bring

  • Water / Sports Drink (every seat has at least one cup holder that will fit a standard 20 ounce water bottle)
  • Appropriate Outerwear (sweater, jacket, enclosed shoes, etc.) Please research your riding conditions so you come prepared, Joseph nights can certainly get chilly.
  • Picture Taking Apparatus (Camera, cellphone, goPro, whatever you have if it can take pictures in low light you might spot something worth capturing)

We offer drinks and snacks for sale at our Joseph departure site at reasonable rates.

 

Nice things to have

  • Smiles
  • Fun stories
  • A keen eye for wildlife
  • Cash/card for souvenirs
  • A treat for your guide (we can process credit card tips if needed)

 

💡 Tips for a fun trip

It can still be quite cool here in Wallowa County in May and June and once September comes around it starts again so a jacket or windbreaker may be helpful.

What happens at the mid-point in Enterprise?

Your brief midpoint stop in Enterprise is a great place to stretch your legs and use the restroom if need be.

Your guide will turn around the Railriders and will stagger start everyone to start of your return journey.

What does Joseph have to offer?

During the day, Joseph has all sorts of services; adventure, shopping, food, drink,  public restrooms, parks, motels,  lodges, BnBs, RV parks, and more.

Need Help Finding Lodging? CLICK HERE

 
Things to see and do in Joseph.

There is a lot to do in Joseph, we’ll offer some of our favorites.

  • Ride with Joseph Branch Railriders, of course.
  • Take out a one-of-a-kind Glass Bottom Kayak with JO Paddle.
  • Soak in the Joseph main street Artwalk. Larger than life bronze statues occupy nearly every corner throughout town.
  • Explore the many wonderful shops and restaurants on Main Street offering everything from souvenirs to fine art and dining.
  • Visit Wallowology a science and natural history funseum that will immerse you in the natural history of Wallowa county.
  • Ready for more adventure? Seek out Winding Waters River Expeditions. There are thrills around every bend when you venture out on white water. They also offer fishing tours and rent recreational equipment.
  • Joseph is surrounded by some of the most astounding nature one can dream of. Visit the Forest Services’ Wallowa Mountains Office for loads of info on great places to hike, camp, and explore.
  • Wallowa Lake State Park is a great place to explore, you can also enjoy the lake on the North side at the county park / boat launch.
  • History buff? Check out the Wallowa County Museum and the Maxville Heritage Center for a glimpse of Wallowa county past.
  • Wallowa Lake, spend time there, don’t miss it if you can help it.
  • Also don’t miss Joseph City Park. The brand new playground was hand built by the community of Joseph. We’re super proud of it and we welcome you to enjoy it with us. There is a splash pad too that operates in the summer which is a great way to cool down.

 

That’s a lot to soak in, but that’s just scratching the surface of what Joseph and Wallowa County has to offer. Visit the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce for more places of interest.

No Animals Permitted

There is no safe way to transport an animal onboard a Railrider.

It is also strictly prohibited in our use contract with the Railroad, so ultimately it’s out of our hands.

Local Pet Boarding

When will you not operate?

We generally are able to operate in most conditions with the exception of the following:

 

  • Thunderstorms, any sign of localized lighting
  • Heavy rain (not very enjoyable and we loose traction)
  • Wet conditions in weather colder that 45 degrees (not enjoyable)
  • Heavy fog
  • Smokey conditions where the air quality index is above 150: Unhealthy level or higher
  • Extreme winds or dust storms

 

Essentially it comes down to insuring the safety of everyone and making sure your Railriding experience is memorable for all the right reasons.

Please refer to our Policies page for weather related cancellation details and more.

Check-in Procedure
  • Arrive in Joseph See Map 25 minutes early if you booked online and signed waivers 
  • Arrive 30 minutes early if you have not purchased tickets or signed your waivers
  • Visit restroom if needed
  • Provide your name to crew member
  • Sign digital waiver if you did not sign online
  • Listen to safety briefing
  • Get seat adjusted
  • Load your gear
  • Have fun!
Important safety information

Road Crossings

This trip requires you to cross five active road crossings.

You must come to a complete stop and look both ways before pedaling across.

We do not have the right-of-way so this needs to be taken seriously.

 

Hydration

Be sure to begin hydrating a couple hours prior to your trip.

Bring along some water or sports drinks.

 

Sun Protection

The sun can be very intense at times in Wallowa County.

We urge you for your comfort and safety to please use some form of sun protection.

We recommend sunscreen, large hats, & sunglasses, a sun umbrella.

 

Stings & Allergies

This is the outdoors and we have bees, wasps, hornets, as well as a variety of grasses & hay.

If you have a serious allergy please come prepared with your EpiPen or medication if needed and notify your guide of your allergy prior to riding.

 

Seat Belts

A lap seat belt must be worn whenever your Railrider is in motion.