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  • Established

    1883. Guest ranch since 2017
  • Owner

    Dr. Scott Campbell and Mrs. Sandy Campbell
  • Manager

    Major White
  • Tel

    1-541-573-5150 ext 203
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $318 - $598
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $45
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Maximum Guests

    68
  • Works with travel agents?

    Yes
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery
  • Memberships

    International Association of Golf Tour Operators, Oregon Golf Association, Idaho Golf Association, Pacific Northwest Golf Association, Oregon Beef Council, Harney County Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to the Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch. Located in Eastern Oregon on 144,000 acres of scenic terrain, this unique Ranch & Resort features fishing, shooting ranges, horse back riding, Razor tours of the ranch, hiking, biking and a wide assortment of other activities.

Silvies is also well-known for an incomparable golf experience for players of every skill level, with four award-winning courses. The reversible Hankins and Craddock Courses, are both ranked in Golfweek's top 50 in the USA. There is the stunning Chief Egan's Par 3 course and McVeigh's Gauntlet which was named the 'Best New Golf Experience in 2018' by Golf Magazine.

The Rocking Horse Spa is 17,000 square feet and has every amenity and spa treatment available, including an indoor pool, rock climbing wall and fitness room.

The luxurious western-themed accomodations include eight two-bedroom spacious Cabin Suites, nine double King Ranch House Suites and nine single King Ranch Suites.

The gourmet kitchen in the Lodge serves our best certified organic, grass-fed beef and Chevon, with ranch-grown herbs and local Oregon-sourced vegetables. In the Saloon, you can sample our collection of 110 different Scotches and 50 other whiskeys, plus an extensive wine list. Silvies is proud to being recognised as one of Conde Nast's Top 10 Resorts.

Good time to go

The Ranch is open year-round with the primary season being May through October.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 7 and over

We have a wide variety of activities and games available for young ones.

Minimum age children can ride

14 and over

Activities

hiking, biking, outdoor play area, campouts

Games

scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, badminton, ping pong, pool table

Baby Sitting

Hourly cost $N/A.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

We judge our quality by the strength and length of our relationships. We use resources to the fullest extent, waste nothing and do only what we can do best. As individuals we demand total responsibility from ourselves.

Respecting and protecting our environment is key. Caring for the wildlife and our livestock in ways that improve their lives and improve the health of their population for the future is vitally important.

After a multi-year recovery plan, in 2017 the dream of sharing this treasured area of the country with others became a reality with the opening of our eco-friendly guest ranch and resort.

Community

Most of the Team Members working at Silvies are from the surrounding communities. The economic boast to the area has been vital to the growth of the community.

Silvies is known for conducting fundraisers to benefit specific causes for the local community. In addition, the Gallery Gift Shop at Silvies carries the work of local artists without taking a percentage of their sales.

In addition, there are well-established and expanding working internship programs for students from Oregon State University, including animal and range science, wildlife, fisheries, hotel and restaurant management, turf grass and other areas of the ranch operations.

Conservation

The Recovery Plan at Silvies included the acquisition and development of more and better habitat for wildlife, livestock and ranching techniques.

Over 50-miles of stream restoration occurred which created rich soil in our meadows and brought an abundance of healthy wildlife back to the Ranch. Rivers and streams are restocked. All real estate is run by solar power.

Ranch History

The first homes in the Silvies Valley were built about 6000 B.C. by newly-arrived Native Americans.

Fast-forward to 1883 when Silvies Valley Ranch was homesteaded and the first water rights patented. Eventually, 70 families occupied the valley with the Hankins and Craddock families becoming dominant.

Two of our championship golf course are named after the families with the homesteads being preserved. Horses, hogs, sheep, cattle, hay, lumber, rye (for whiskey) and crabapples were some of the products raised in the valley.

In 2007, the Silvies Valley Ranch (which had been renamed the Ponderosa Ranch) was purchased by Silvies Valley Ranch L.L.C., a private company founded by the Campbell family – a family with pioneer roots in Eastern Oregon. The name of the ranch was immediately returned to its historic name of Silvies Valley Ranch.

Today, the Ranch is made up of 144,000 acres. Of the 60 square miles of deeded property, there are over 6,000 acres of mountain meadows, 14,000 acres of Ponderosa Pine forest, 20 miles of Silvies River, over 20 creeks, our own special cattle (5,000) and American Range Goats (4,000) and an abundance of wildlife.

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  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Alcohol

    available for purchase, wine cellar
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), bar & grille, lounge, in-room dining, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, Gluten free

We serve 'Ranch to Table Blue Mountain Gourmet Cuisine' and being a cattle and goat ranch, red meat dominates our menu.

The kitchen serves the best certified organic, grass-fed beef and Chevon from the ranch, along with ranch-grown herbs and local Oregon-sourced vegetables.

All bread is sourdough, made on the ranch from a 100-year old family starter. We are also very good at vegetarian and happy to accommodate other special needs with delicious options when notified in advance.

Guest Favourites

  • The 100-year old sourdough family recipe has been called the best in the world! Guests enjoy our cooking classes where they can learn the fine art of bread-making.
  • Our Scotch and wine tasting classes are a big favorites of our guests. Learning which wines go best with our ranch-raised beef and Chevon is conducted by highly experienced team members.
  • Guests enjoy knowing that all of the beef and Chevon served is raised here on the Ranch.

Your Chef, Chef Michael Wilson

Michael is a Southern California native with 30 years of cooking experience in American, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines.

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  • Address

    10000 Rendezvous Ln
    Seneca
    Oregon
    97873
    USA
  • Remote Location

    Yes
  • Elevation

    4500 ft. ft
  • Private Land

    more than 50k acres
  • Public Land

    1000-5000 acres

Nearest Town - John Day

John Day has a population of 2000 (approx), and is situated 35-miles miles / 45 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in John Day include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping John Day offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops.

Nearest Airports

Boise, Idaho , Boise

Distance

210 miles / 2 hours 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Alaska, American Airlines, Southwest, Frontier

Ranch shuttle

Yes, call for details

Rental car

Required


Bend, Oregon, Bend

Distance

170 miles miles / 3 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, Alaska, American Airlines, Private planes only

Ranch shuttle

Call for details.


Private Air Travel

Nearest location(s)

Seneca

Travel by

Helicopter, Airplane

Distance

5 miles miles

Ranch shuttle

Yes, complimentary

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  • Type of Riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Everyone rides together, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families ride together, Guests ride alone
  • Max riders per ride

    4
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk
  • Guest Horses

    6
  • Horse Types

    Quarterhorse, Draft
  • Hours in the saddle

    Morning - 2 hours
    Afternoon - 2 hours

The Setting

Private Land (more than 50k acres)

Elevation changes from 4,500 feet to 5,500 feet. Silvies Ranch borders the Malheur National Forest.

Public Land (1000-5000 acres)


Our Riding

Riding considerations

no riding experience needed


Why our riding stands out

  • The Rangers who accompany guests are extremely qualified horsemen and women, with over 20 years experience.
  • All of the Ranch's Quarter Horses are top quality and experienced.
  • The trails offer stunning views of the 144,000 acre ranch. We have designated trails that provide options for all skill levels.

Riding Lessons

Details

lessons are additional

Given by

wrangler

Location

on the trail, in the arena

Branding work

When

Mar, Apr, May

Interaction

Guests watch, Guests participate

Arena Work

Type

professional rodeo arena

Activities

roping from the ground

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  • Nightly Rates (per adult)

    $318 - $598
  • Nightly Rates (per child)

    $45
  • Minimum Stay

    1 day
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Western rustic chic, Luxury 5-Star
  • Packages available

    2 night, 3 night, 4 night, 5 night, 6 night, 1 week, 8 night, 9 night, 10 night, 2 week

Silvies Valley Ranch can cater for up to 68 guests. Accommodation includes Cabins and Campings. See below for details and indicative rates.

Cabin | Eight two-bedroom Cabin Suites, nine double King Ranch House Suites and nine Single King Ranch House Suites

Rates (Per Couple)

Summer: $299 - $499
Winter: $229 - $449

Minimum Stay

1 night

Description

Our spacious, luxurious Western-themed two bedroom Cabin Suites have a huge family room, gas fireplace, kitchen, 2 1/2 bathrooms with TVs, hot tub on your private deck and spectacular views.

The Ranch House Suites have large sitting areas with two flat screen TVs, a small kitchenette and large bathrooms with walk-in showers and bath tubs.  

Rooms

34

Bathrooms

Private bathroom

Amenities

safe, mini-bar, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning

Entertainment

tv, cable / satellite tv, hot tub

Camping | RV Park

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)

$35

Minimum Stay

1 night

Description

Our new RV Park is located in a private setting less than a 1/2 mile from the main lodge. Hook up is available for $35 a day.  


Booking Policy

One-night room deposit is required. The cancellation policy is 72 hours.

Included in your stay

gratuity, All lawn games and saloon games are complimentary. We offer a variety of "stay & play" packages including an all-inclusive option!

Extras

Tax

Only a tax for lodging.

Gratuity

Silvies has a NO tipping policy.

Massage

Massages are offered and can be included in an all-inclusive package.

Yoga

Yoga retreats and private instruction available.

Guided Fly Fishing

Guided fishing excursions are offered and can be included in an all-inclusive package.

Other

Other ranch experiences besides golf, spa treatments and fishing include horseback riding, Razor tours of the ranch, mountain biking, hiking and a wide variety of other ranch activities.

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  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi.
  • Cell Networks

    alltel, AT&T, verizon.
  • Business Services

    Conference center, computer and fax hookups, printers, Private dining area for business functions.

Onsite

Shopping

Western attire, golf attire and items to pamper yourself with can be found in our Gallery, Spa and Pro Shop. 

Outdoor Activities

mountain biking, Golf - 9 hole course, Golf - 18 hole course, wagon rides, ATV Rentals - guided, bird watching, Shooting - wing

Water based Activities

indoor pool, hot tub

Spa

relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, rock treatments, couples massage, scrubs, manicures, facials, pedicures

Winter Activities

cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, winter ice fishing


Fishing & Wildlife

The Rainbow and Steelhead Trout are awesome!

Fishing on offer

fly, stocked pond, lake, stream, equipment available, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available, BYO equipment

Wildlife

On the Ranch we have 160 species of birds and an abundance of antelope, mule deer and elk. One can occasionally see black bear, coyotes and other wildlife.


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

For groups of 40-50.

Silvies offers wonderful conference room facilities for our corporate clients. Audio and visual equipment is provided, food and beverage services are offered.

Weddings

We can cater for groups of up to 30.

In order to protect a positive experience for our guests, weddings are considered in April through mid-May and mid-September through October.


Local Attractions

The town of John Day

John Day is known for their local artists, antique stores and two local museums. The Kam Wah Chung Museum is a national historic landmark preserving the Chinese culture that helped John Day prosper in the early days.

In addition, there is the Rodeo Museum depicting the Wild West.  

Distance

35 miles miles / 45 mins

Highs

  • The Retreat, Links & Spa at Silvies Valley Ranch prides itself on being an eco ranch, and as well as being a wonderful place to ride and enjoy nature, it's also a golfer's paradise!
  • The Links at Silvies Valley Ranch is home to four unique, award-winning and sustainable golf courses, one of which is the first reversible course built in 450 years
  • Even if you don't play golf, there are so many activities on offer, including authentic Western experiences, Scotch and wine tasting, a spa, climbing wall – and even goat herding!
  • The kitchen serves the best certified organic, grass-fed beef and Chevon from the ranch, along with ranch-grown herbs and local Oregon-sourced vegetables. All bread is sourdough, made on the ranch from a 100-year old family starter!

Lows

  • Do bear in mind that as they are primarily a beef and goat ranch, the menu is ultimately red-meat focused, however they will happily cater for vegetarians and other dietary requirements.
  • As the golf here is so good, you might not see your golf-loving partner too often!

Visitor Reviews

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Retreat training dude ranch family fun

First this place is great to fly into as it is off Oregon’s beaten path that said they try to accolade you with everything you could possibly want. 7 course dining. Imaginative bar drinks pool table activities all over the ranch biking; razor tour, spa, golfing, horses, goat caddies. Love Bruce the goat

5 stars

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