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Haystack Ranch

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· Spray, Wheeler, Oregon
500 acres hosted by Haystack Ranch A.
10 RV/tent sites
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My family has owned the ranch since 1977. We bought it from my parents a few years ago to keep it in the family. We love living here, and although it is just the two of us working it, we are slowly getting it to what we want it to be. The house we live in is over 100 years old and used to be a stage coach stop back in the late 1800's to early 1900's, You can still see some of the old stage coach roads on the property, and we are trying to preserve those the best we can. Also in the early 1900's this ranch used to be the place to go on the fourth of July. People from all over would bring their prize horses to compete in a horse race for the name of the fastest horses around While others would bring picnic baskets to set back on the knoll in one of our fields to watch. Learn more about this land: We are a 500 Acre working ranch located in Beautiful East Central Oregon, We are Between The stunning Painted Hills, and Umatilla National Forest. Just a few miles away from the Gorgeous John Day River, where Rafting, Tubing, Fishing, Swimming is always a welcome retreat. A few miles above us is Bull Prairie Lake and the wonderful Umatilla National Forest where hiking, sight seeing and wildlife viewing is always available.We are a 500 Acre working ranch located in Beautiful East Central Oregon, We are Between The stunning Painted Hills, and Umatilla National Forest. Just a few miles away from the Gorgeous John Day River, where Rafting, Tubing, Fishing, Swimming is always a welcome retreat. A few miles above us is Bull Prairie Lake and the wonderful Umatilla National Forest where hiking, sight seeing and wildlife viewing is always available.
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Christi S.recommends
June 28, 2024
Haystack Ranch
I loved camping at Haystack Ranch, as the view was great, and there was plenty of room at our site. The toilet is an outhouse, with a hand-washing station. The host was very responsive to situations like toilet paper outage or empty water tank for the hand-washing station. I do wish a little more mowing had been done around the camp sites as tiny grass seeds were very poky in our socks.
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Mike H.recommends
June 28, 2024
Haystack Ranch
Great Location For Exploring
We spent three night's at Haystack Rock and had a great time. Kelly is a gracious host and went out of her way to make sure we had what we needed. We were travelling by motorcycle so we were limited with what we could bring with us. Kelly provided us with coolers and also offered to pick up any groceries or anything else for us the next day. Kelly also supplied directions to places to swim and other local places to explore. If you are a motorcyclist, Haystack Ranch is a great home base for exploring some of Oregon's numerous motorcycle roads. The first night we had the whole campground to ourselves, that is, if you don't count the numerous wild turkeys everywhere. If you camp here make sure you have plenty of water as it is hot and dry. Kelly kindly filled a 5 gallon water cube for us and drove it to our campsite. It would have been a little awkward to carry it on the bike. You will also want to bring mosquito/bug repellant as the mosquitos were abundant. Also, beware if you have dogs with you as the area has an abundance of cheatgrass and those little heads work their way into everything, including a dog's paws. The only real negative part of our experience was not something that the ranch could really control. After our first night and then the next day of riding we returned to find several other campsites occupied, most with lots of children. The kids (and most of the adults) were loud and it felt a little like camping in a regular commercial campground. Still had fun!
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Grace J.recommends
June 24, 2024
Haystack Ranch
We loved our stay At haystack ranch! Our only regret is that we missed our first night of our booking. Next time we're definitely staying for two so we can explore more. We camped at the back of the field under the shade of a box elder tree and it was so beautiful. The air was scented with juniper and sagebrush and even though we weren't too far from the road the site was secluded and serene.
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Greg Y.recommends
June 23, 2024
Haystack Ranch
So quiet and relaxing!
We camped in mid-June. The scenery is beautiful and it was so quiet - except for the rare vehicle going by on the nearby road, there was no sound except the crickets and birds. The first two nights we were the only campers, my wife and I with our dog. On the third night another solo camper and dog came but they were completely quiet and it was if they weren't even there. We spent the days exploring John Day Fossil Beds NM and I got in an evening of fishing in the beautiful nearby John Day River. We hiked a little bit around the property but the weeds were starting to dry out - foxtails unfortunately - and the seeds were getting massively stuck in our clothing and socks and dog's fur. Bring your tick puller as we got two off of our dog from that short hike. Not the hosts' fault of course and expected, but be prepared. The only criticism I have is I was looking forward to tossing my line into the pond as advertised but was it was completely inaccessible due to being thickly surrounded by reeds. We will definitely be coming back again if we decide to revisit this area!
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Lee H.recommends
June 19, 2024
Haystack Ranch
Had the place to ourselves! Picnic table, large tree for shade, composting toilet and sink for hand washing was close by. Pretty views. Would stay again for sure.
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Allen M.recommends
June 18, 2024
Haystack Ranch
John Day river paradise
Beautiful wide open views. Very close to town, river and hiking. The road barely has any traffic. Owners are lovely. Highest recommendation.
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Spray, Wheeler, Oregon, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla, Nüümü (Northern Paiute), and Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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