The Oregon dude ranch vacation
Life as a Cowboy!
Welcome to Steens Mountain Guest Ranch seated at the base of the breathtaking Steens Mountains, with the Oregon dude ranch headquarters in Eastern Oregon. Here are some ideas of what you can experience here:
For those who want to experience what it is like to be a cowboy riding horses on a real working cattle ranch, similar to the movie "City Slickers." This is the place! We call it The Authentic Cowboy Experience! You will come to be part of our Oregon dude ranch crew on this working ranch as we take care of the cattle upon the summer range. You will end up with a few souvenirs (as in sore muscles and tanned faces) to take home, but the real one will be the memories of being part of our cowboy ranch crew. Take a look at the link to see what that all entails.
For those who enjoy seeing the wild horses out in their natural habitat, we do Kiger Mustang Experiences. If you like to ride horses and would like to see these wild Kiger Mustangs from horseback, then you will love this! Check out the Kiger Mustang link to get a feel for what this is all about and the time and dates we will be doing it.
Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or seasoned horse rider, we welcome you! Ride with us and get a scenic view of the Steens Mountains and Diamond Valley on one of our Horseback Trail Rides.
One of the things that really sets Steens Mountain Guest Ranch apart from other Dude Ranches is that we strive to make our experiences very personal. In other words, we work with small numbers of guests at a time.
Whether you are gathering cattle on the mountain with the cowboy dude ranch crew, photographing wild Kiger mustangs out on the range, or relaxing under a sky filled with stars, Steens Mountain Guest Ranch in Diamond, Oregon will offer you it all. We invite you to come to Oregon's Buckaroo Country and join us for a one-of-a-kind cowboy dude ranch vacation!
Not only will you become part of the cowboy dude ranch crew, but you will also saddle your own horse, ride and round up cattle throughout the Steens Mountains cattle range on this Oregon dude ranch vacation of a lifetime. You will also fix fences, learn cowhand detail, learn to ride horses, make rope, and enjoy the views for days on this dude ranch cattle drive.
UNDER THE STARS COW CAMP
LEARNING TO RIDE
PUTTING OUT MINERAL
viewing the wild KIGER MUSTANGS
Viewing the Kiger Mustangs in the wild is an amazing sight to see. You will ride well-trained horses with us in the open Oregon landscape until we come upon the wild Kiger Mustangs in their natural habitat. This truly is a unique opportunity for Steens Mountain guests to take a day ride out on horseback to view and photograph the Kiger Mustangs.
Spring cowboy dude Ranch Experience
The spring season is full of life, full of color. This cowboy dude ranch experience offers a different look at how we prepare for the cattle year. It is a very busy time on the Steens Mountain Oregon Guest Ranch. There are new baby calves being born daily, a lot of horseback riding and cow work, cattle branding, feeding baby orphaned calves, moving cattle to new pastures, riding and repairing fences, and more. It is a different season with different experiences and our guests will be staying in accommodations at the Ranch Headquarters, rather than a Cow Camp.
We offer horseback riding at the Steens Mountain Oregon Guest Ranch. Get a Scenic view of the Steens Mountain range and Diamond Valley on one of our Guided Horse Trail Rides. We have many trail ride options to choose from during your cowboy dude ranch stay.
We offer lodging at the Steens Mountain Oregon Guest Ranch through Airbnb. Choose from one of our rustic cabins on the ranch
As a little girl, it was a dream of mine to see the wild Kiger Mustangs. Being a single mom and my boys not having a lot of experience with horses I was not sure if we could go. But Tim, Susan, Cali, and David welcomed us on an adventure and a most memorable experience. Their kind warm hearts helped us feel right at home. My dreams came true not only to see the Kigers but also I got to ride one! A huge thank you for an amazing experience. My boys (8 and 12) loved it! They came home and built a play ranch. They want to go back next year. ❤️ I appreciate the meal time together and the learning that happened about ranching for both my boys and me
Amanda Stanley / Salem, Oregon
The hosts Tim and Susan were warm and open. Our stay and experience were exactly as described. The long drive from Seattle was well worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our 8-year-old daughter herding cattle, taking care of orphaned calves, and making her own rope in the breathtaking high desert.
DeAnna Martin / Seattle, Washington
"The Steens Mountain Guest Ranch is such an amazing experience. I have done both Spring and Summer cowboy experiences and viewed the Kiger Mustangs once with my father. It's a real dude ranch where you learn how to ride, cattle drive, and live a few days without the luxuries of cell phones and computers. Every time I go, I feel like I should have been a cowboy. It's a family-oriented experience with home-cooked meals, stories by the fire, learning your horse, and more. I can't wait to go back!"
Dan Mooney / Bend, Oregon
We believe that real cowboy dude ranch experiences are gained by living the life of a cowboy on a real Oregon dude ranch. And that is exactly what we invite our guests to do at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch — live the life. With us, it’s all about doing, not merely watching.