Located along the Hells Canyon National Scenic Byway, Elgin sits in Indian Valley, nestled against a backdrop of mountains—the Wallowas to the east and the Blues to the west, with the Grande Ronde River flowing through. Native Americans called this area Hunaha. The central camp for the Nez Perce Indians was Lochow, “lovely little forest.” Here they harvested wild vegetables, fruit, fish and game through the summer months and smoked and dried the excess for winter use.
The beauty and wonder of this area defines all four seasons. The snowy winters
are perfect for snowmobilers, mushers and skiers at nearby Spout Springs Ski Area. The warm days of summer are great for camping, hiking and water recreation. Autumn is a subtle blend of warm colors, bright days and crisp nights. Spring refreshes and delights all with its rains and many wildflowers, which bloom in every field and meadow.