Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Pendleton Round-Up arena, local history, picnic in the park

 Pendleton Round-Up arena; Julianne G. Crane  

Changes are if you don’t have your tickets already for the endleton Round-Up, you are flat out of luck. Loyal fans grab up tickets months in advance.

However, if you want tickets and feel lucky, call the Round-Up office at 1-800-457-6336. On occasion folks will return tickets they don’t plan to use.

 Parking lot across from arena.  Julianne G. Crane
Pendleton Round-Up Grounds:
1205 SW Court Ave.
Pendleton, Ore. (view map)
Immediately across the street from the arena is an Albertson’s grocery store. This is a convenient place to park an RV for a brief time (and maybe a little picnic grocery shopping).
RVer Jimmy Smith, spreads out a picnic lunch Julianne G. Crane  

Roy Raley Park
1205 SW Court Ave.
Pendleton, OR

Whether you attend the Round-Up or not, one free short stop you can make if you are traveling through Pendleton, Ore., is for a picnic lunch in the Roy Raley City Park, next door to the arena. 

A great place for a snack or lunch, this park is also “called Round-Up by locals because of its proximity to the Round-Up grounds.” It is one of Pendleton’s oldest parks, with a grass amphitheater, stage, restrooms, basketball courts, picnic tables and drinking fountain.

After eating, mosey on over for a peek inside the fabled rodeo grounds and imagine the excitement of bucking broncos and roar of the crowd.

While you are in town, if you have a few hours to explore, learn more about local history at:

– The Tamastlikt Center
47106 Wildhorse Blvd.
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 966-9748
“Immerse yourself in the history, culture and hospitality of the people who have lived on this land for more than 10,000 years.”
Hours: April-October: Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
November-March: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $8/general; $6/Seniors, children and students; $17/Family – up to 4 people; Age 5 and under/Free

– The Heritage Station Museum
108 S.W. Frazer
Pendleton, OR 97801
(541) 276-0012
“The region’s varied terrain and abundant natural resources attracted people whose diverse traditions, ingenuity and perseverance have made it their ‘home.’ Indian tribes, mountain men, missionaries, and emigrants have all made their mark on this region.”
Regular hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.
Admission: $5/general, $2/students, $4/Seniors, $10/family.

To read more about the RV Lifestyle click on RVWheelLife.com

Julianne G. Crane   

Photos: Top: Pendleton Round-Up arena; Middle: Albertson’s parking lot across from the arena; and Bottom: RVer Jimmy Smith, spreads out a picnic lunch in the Roy Raley Park. Pendleton Round-up arena is featured in the background. ( Julianne G. Crane )
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Cranehttp://www.RVWheelLife.com
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel Life.com. She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”



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