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Blue Mountain Scenic Highway, Columbia River to Heppner

45.6 miles: 0 hours, 53 minutes

This western segment of the Blue Mountain Scenic Highway follows SR 74 southeast from I-84 along the Columbia River through small towns nestled in dry, rugged foothills and ends at Heppner, Ore., the seat of rural Morrow County.


Beginning at the broad Columbia River and its companion interstate (I-84), SR 74 marks the beginning of the Blue Mountain Scenic Highway, which veers through arid, scrubby hills toward the distant Blue Mountains. Narrow tracts of green along the roadside typically indicate irrigated alfalfa fields. Windmill farms are another common sight as are grain elevators.


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