The Elkhorn Mountains are situated in the central portion of the extensive Blue Mountains that extend from southeast Washington into adjacent Oregon in a northeast to southeast orientation. The Elkhorns are the highest subgroup of the Blues with most of the higher peaks rising at least 5,000 vertical feet over the floor of Baker Valley.
The Northern Elkhorns offer a wide variety of activities, including hiking, fishing, developed and primitive camping as well mountain biking. Anthony Lakes Ski Area is near the high point of the scenic byway that encircles the mountain range. This small ski resort is noted for great powder snow and claims the highest base in Oregon.