Valley Sights

  • Joseph to Enterprise

  • Up To 2 Hours

  • 12 Mile Round Trip

  • $30 / Age 16+     $15 / Ages 0-15     $25 / Age 65+

  • Departs 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm*

  • Thursday  through  Monday

Trip Details

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 ventures 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.


Important Tips
This trip has a gentle yet consistent downhill grade to Enterprise and uphill grade back to Joseph.
A relaxed pace is key, coasting down to Enterprise and taking your time back to Joseph.
Most of our guests complete this trip without assistance if they follow these guidelines and take breaks as needed.
However you may get assistance by our pedal hybrid electric assist system on our guide car if needed.
Having our assistance option allows guests of nearly any fitness level to enjoy this tour.

*Please Note: To help condense our trips all of our departure times may not be available every day.

Groups with Children

Please review the following seating options prior to booking
Child Seat (0-15)
  • These seats are the same as adult seats but have a reduced ticket price

  • Most children 8 years+ can properly reach the pedals

  • These seats have lap style seat belts

  • Infant car seats may be belted onto these seats

  • Children must be at least age 13 to ride by themselves

    How to Book:

    Select the number of Child Seats needed on the 1st page during booking

    To avoid double booking: If you need a Jump Seat do not book both a Child Seat (0-15) ticket and Jump Seat ticket, only book the Jump Seat.

Jump Seat
  • Non-Pedaling jump seat for Children ages 1 - 7

  • Add up to 2 jump seats per Two Seat Railrider

  • We have 8 Jump Seats available per departure time

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

    How to Book:

    If available, our Jump Seats will be offered on the 2nd page during booking.

    To avoid double booking: If you need a Jump Seat do not book both a Child Seat (0-15) ticket and Jump Seat ticket, only book the Jump Seat.


    Seating ExamplesJump Seat seating examples
Four Seat Railrider
  • Intended for families with children (All seats may pedal)
    May be used by adult parties of 3 or 4 if combined weight is less than 800 lbs / 363 kg

  • Most Children 8 years+ can properly reach the pedals

  • We have 2 Four Seat Railriders available per departure time

  • Infant car seats may be belted onto these seats

  • These seats have lap seat belts.


  • How to Book:

    If available, our Four Seat Railrider will be offered on the 2nd page during booking.

    To avoid double booking: Jump Seats cannot be added onto our Four Seat Railriders.


    Seating Examples
    Four Seater Seating Examples

Review the following prior to booking

Adult pairs will sit on Two Seat Railriders
However, if we are fully booked some pairs may need to share a Four Seat Railrider

• Groups will be split between multiple Railriders
If your group is odd numbered and you have not reserved a Four Seat Railrider one person will share a Railrider with a new friend or your guide
• Children ages 13 and up may ride together on their own Railrider

Safety Reminder: There is a 300lb / 136kg weight limit per seat.

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

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 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 can create 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.

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Trip Specific Questions

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

We have a 300lb weight limit per seat.

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.

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 strech 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 typcially 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.

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 the "uphill" portion. It is a gentle yet consistent uphill grade back to Joseph.

Pace is key, take it easy and the ride will be easier. Use your hybrid assist if needed.

 

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.

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)
  • Weather Protection (sun hat, sunscreen, rain gear, jacket, etc.) Please research your riding conditions so you come prepared
  • Picture Taking Apparatus (Camera, cellphone, goPro, whatever you have there's a lot to capture)

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

Nice things to have

  • Binoculars
  • Small snacks
  • Small soft sided cooler
  • Smiles
  • Fun stories
  • Cash/card for souvenirs
  • A treat for your guide

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.

We strongly urge the use of sun protection. The air is very clean here and we’re closer to the sun than you might be used to so take this sun protection tip to heart.

Even the shortest amount of time out without protection can lead to a quick sunburn.

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.

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

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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.

  • Arrive in Joseph See Map 20 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!

    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.