Just clicking on this Mapquest link will put you in the middle of Wheeler County. You have
plenty of opportunities to explore the amazing countryside
of the county.
There are two direct routes
that vary only slightly in distance and time, depending on
how much sight-seeing you plan to do along the way.
From Portland: The faster of the two is to follow I-84
east to Arlington(Exit 137), turn right (south) on Oregon
Highway 19 through the rolling agricultural lands of Gilliam
county thru Condon. Continue south on HWY 19 another 20 scenic
miles to Fossil.
From Central Oregon: If
you prefer to head north from Bend or Redmond, follow US 97
north to Madras, and then continue on US 97 20 miles past
Madras to Oregon HWY 293 towards the small hamlet of Antelope.
Then turn right on Oregon 218, marked for Fossil via the John
Day river crossing at Clarno.
Another option is to head northeast from Bend towards
Prineville on Oregon HWY 126. Once in Prineville follow
US HWY 26 through the scenic ponderosa pine forests of the
Ochocos and eventually descend to the charming town of Mitchell.