Ukiah is located in the heart of the Blue Mountains. This small mountain community hosts a year round population of only 250 residents. The area around Ukiah was originally called Camas Prairie by the Native Americans who came here to gather wild blue camas roots. The town was formed in 1891 and given it is name by E.B.Gamb, after his home town, Ukiah, California.
Over 500,000 acres of forest surround the Ukiah valley, and provide an endless supply of recreation opportunities. The Blue Mountain Scenic Byway winds its way through the forest and is truly a spectacular drive. Travelers may see everything from scenic Potamus Point, to the historic Fremont Powerhouse.
For the more adventurous visitors a treck through the nearby North Fork John Day Wilderness is a must! Miles of maintained trails provide for endless hours of hiking or horse riding.
Winter brings sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and ice fishing. Winter is also a great time for wildlife watching. Bald eagles often winter along Camas Creek and can be seen soaring in the crisp winter sky above Ukiah. Elk and deer herds winter on the Bridge Creek Wildlife range south of Ukiah, and are often visible to by passers.
Ukiah has it all! The solitude and beauty of Eastern Oregon's forests to the organized games during High Country Days. Come and see for yourself why Ukiah truly is the "Hidden Treasure of Eastern Oregon!"
Ukiah has a K-12 grade school, with approximately 60 students annually. The school's classroom size makes for a unique learning experience. All classrooms are multi graded and allow students to work at their own level. The curriculum is also integrated to better round the students learning opportunities.
Ukians' truly believe in the old proverb "it takes a whole village to raise a family", and community adults actively participate in school activities, and are always coming up with creative ideas. In 1995 the Ukiah School Board opened the Ukiah "Boarding School in the Blues".