The Bar M Dude Ranch is located in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon on the Umatilla River, located in a small valley...amid tall pines and grassy slopes to the North and stately fir trees on the steeper slopes to the South. Lynda, Käryn and I spent a week there in August of 1998. For over 50 years the Baker family has owned and operated the Ranch, developing it into one of the most unique and rewarding guest ranches in the West.
The Horses: 30 horses are available for morning, afternoon or all-day rides. Its a hands-on relationship where a horse is picked to suit your riding skills and its yours for the week...to curry, saddle, ride and grow fond of. It was like having your own horse for a week!
The Food: All meals were served family-style in the Ranch House. Much of the food is grown on the Ranch and there was plenty to go around!
Activities: There were plenty of fun activities: Swimming (in a pool heated by natural hot springs~90 F), horse back riding, fishing, volley ball and basket ball in the barn, tether ball, horse shoes, square dancing and much more!
The Ranch House: The hand hewn log ranch house was built in 1864 and its rich history includes service as a stage coach station during the civil war. It's the heart of the Ranch for meals, reading or relaxing on the front porch.
Käryn riding Bandit on her first day out.
Lynda entertains some of the kids before a ride...
...and then kicks back when its over!
Käryn saddles Bandit for an afternoon ride...
...and returns from the ride unscathed.
At the swimming hole.
Lynda and Bobby, Umitlla valley in the background.
Patrick, one of the 'wranglers' at the Ranch (you don't want to know what he is sitting in).
Tim, Lynda and Käryn at the Friday night square dance.
If you want additional information on the Bar M Ranch you may contact them at:
Baker's Bar M Ranch
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