Horse Riding Vacations: Oregon

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In the last blog about possible places to ride horses and visit a dude ranch, I talked about three guests ranches in Washington State. In this blog I’ll explore and travel into Oregon and see what they offer in the way of horse riding vacations.

Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed and Breakfast

The first ranch that I came across that encourages visitors is the Wilson Ranch at 15809 Butte Creek Rd., Fossil, Oregon 97830. Phil and Nancy Wilson have a video on their site of moving cattle and talking about what they do on their ranch.

The video shows the breath taking scenery of the surrounding country, people riding, and the rooms that guests live in while staying on the ranch.

Before the activities begin a big breakfast gets the day going.

When out on a ride one can take in the birds such as hawks and eagles. Some owls and game birds are known to be in the area. Don’t forget the camera.

The rates for rides are $45. for an hour and $25. per additional hour.  This is per rider.  They request if you want to ride to contact them before you get there to ensure you will have a horse and saddle available.  They have an extended list of what to bring for your ride along with a riding policy to read and sign.

At the ranch you can participate in a cattle drive if it’s on the agenda at the time you are visiting.

There are other fun ideas to check out that are close by such as bike riding in the John Day River Territory.

If you’d like to dig for fossils this is the opportunity. There’s an entrance fee, but it sounds like it’s worth it. You get to dig and take home three fossils. That’s kind of a neat deal. I would like to give that a try.

Guest rooms are named with a western flare.  The Buckaroo is $125., Wrangler goes for $105., Buckhorn, is $135.-$165., Homestead, $145.-$205., the Pioneer is $115., and the Hideout is $135.-$180.

Again, check out their website at for more information.

Steen’s Mountain Guest Ranch

I only read the first few sentences that tell about the Steen’s Mountain Guest Ranch that says right away you get to step into the boots of a cowboy and live the life for the time you are there.

This means participating in the events that come up on a cow ranch and doing what needs to be done. This could be a round up of cattle and going after strays.  It could be helping with getting meals fixed for everyone that is staying there.  It would also include learning how to handle the horse.

I found it also means you are really living the cowboy way of life, roughing it at the cow camp.  They do provide a shower and a pad for under your sleeping bag, but that’s about it.  There is no electricity.

The best part of the camp experience is being there on a horse and participating in gathering cows, fence fixing, making sure all is right at the watering holes, among other cowboy jobs.

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One spectacular event Steen Mountain offers is a chance to view Kiger Mustangs.  You will be on a horse and be able to see these wild horses on their own range.  This is only for eight guests at a time and costs $2000. per person.  This six day activity is available June 22-27, 2015 and October 5-10, 2015.  More information is at

Riding and trailing the herd is an experience in itself, but you need to know what you are doing in the saddle.  The ranch people help you with that and get you acquainted with your mount so that you can enjoy the ride.

Other rates from April 1 to October 31 is as follows:

5 days and nights    $1495. per person

4 days and nights    $1275. per person

3 days and nights    $1049. per person

2 days and nights    $775.  per person

Contact number is (541) 493-1164  and website is


Big K Guest Ranch

Big K Guest Ranch is located at 20029 Highway 138 West Elkton, OR 97436.  Website is  Phone is (800) 390-2445.

This ranch has 20 cabins and caters to business, companies, and retreats as well as families.  Also hunting is a big part of the vacation possibilities offered here.

Their rates from October to March are $149. per night.  April and May it’s $169. per night, and June to September it is $209. per night.  The hunting is different so you would have to contact the ranch or visit their website for details.

A huge feature of Big K Guest Ranch is a shooting school. The course is rather costly, but the skill of shooting is fun and learning to handle a fire arm in the right way is worth it.

The video shows the peacefulness of the Umpque River where there are a variety of fish that include steelhead, Chinook, and bass to name a few. All these and more species are ready to give the skilled fisherman a tug on the line.

The hunting is remarkable and includes elk and deer to pheasant and wild turkeys.

All of the above and riding and hiking are just a step away when you visit this ranch; along with great hospitality and good eats.

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2 thoughts on “Horse Riding Vacations: Oregon

  1. Hello, Judy. My grandmother had a farm with horses, cows, goats and chickens. Guess which one I like the best? Yes, horses. I haven’t ridden in a long time but would love to go on one of these vacations. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Peggy,
      Thanks for stopping by. What fun to live on a farm. I did too. Had everything but the goats, we had sheep. lol. Yes, I can’t wait to go on one of these vacations too. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

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