Steens Mountain Guest Ranch

Steens Mountain Guest Ranch

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A Real working Cattle Ranch that offers a variety of Experiences: "Authentice Cowboy Experiences"--where 1-4 guests get to help take care of the cattle up in the Mountains, stay in a Cow Camp, and ride all day, working alongside the owners. "Kiger Mustang Experience", which allows 6 guests to ride out and view/photograph the Kiger Mustangs in the Wild from Horseback. "Ranch Lodging" is available to those looking for a quiet place to stay on a Cattle Ranch. A variety of "Horseback Riding" choices with beautiful views, along side a real Cowboy.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Free breakfast
Game room
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Non-smoking hotel
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Air conditioning
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Whirlpool bathtub
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Danish

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49150 Ham Brown Ln, Diamond, OR 97722-9332
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Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field)
207.9 km
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mtrachsl wrote a review Jun 2022
Iowa City, Iowa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only 3-day rides are coupled with accommodations at the Steens Mountain Guest Ranch, though we enjoyed meeting the proprietors and the guides from the Ranch. We took a half-day ride on well-trained horses through beautiful country and had an opportunity to watch wild mustangs at fairly close range for an extended period of time. The guides were knowledgeable and personable and extremely competent in matching riders to suitable horses. We especially enjoyed the companionship of the guides' dogs on our ride. This is by far the best way to view mustangs. Our guides were familiar with the individual horses in the herd we watched, and they could tell us about the social dynamics of the herd. Eating a long, leisurely lunch (prepared by Steens Mountain Guest Ranch) under trees while watching the herd graze not too far away was supremely relaxing. Afterwards we enjoyed a debriefing over a homemade blueberry smoothie at the Guest Ranch. Wonderful hosts. We would do this again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Response from Susan O'Crowley, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Oct 18, 2022
Thanks for taking the time to let others know about your Kiger Mustang Experience here and what they can expect.
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MG022 wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cow Camp was unique and unparalleled in its opportunity to learn about and experience ranch work. The time spent in the beauty of the Steens, the fantastic horseback trail riding, the comfort, camaraderie, and the fun of living in the high country are absolutely like unlike anything else. A very small number of guests made the experience relaxed and family-like. We also sincerely appreciated the dedication to environmental considerations. Thank you one more time Tim, Susan and David for an unforgettable week. See you next year!
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Date of stay: August 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Susan O'Crowley, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Oct 18, 2022
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Traveling Foote wrote a review Oct 2022
Baker City, Oregon
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I took part in their 5-day cowboy experience. I wanted to be included in a roundup and boy was I included in a roundup. Tim and Sue are excellent guests the horses were great, food was fantastic, and the work was very meaningful. It was apparent that our help as guess was very important to both Tim and Sue to help bring in the cattle during the fall roundup. If you're looking to participate in a real cowboy type experience this is by far the place to go. You can't go wrong visiting Sue and Tim.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Be sure to wear a good pair of cowboy boots, bring a hat, bring a positive attitude and most...
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Responded Oct 18, 2022
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Mary C wrote a review May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was looking for a place where my son could feel like a real cowboy, and I could get out for an adventure. Sue and Tim were absolutely wonderful. They were so friendly, and very responsible and caring towards my son. Tim was a great role model and imparted solid life lessons. We are a city family, and to get out to the Steen Mountain range and experience a cell-phone free week in the beautiful country, while trying new things led to a lot of great family bonding. I usually like to keep to myself, and don't enjoy dining with strangers on vacation, but the family dinners were a highlight. Sitting around the table, conversation with Tim and Sue who are just as much 'county' to our 'city' was the most meaningful aspect of the trip, and so great for my son. When I set out to find a 'cowboy vacation' I searched the entire country, was willing to travel anywhere, and landed on Steen MR in my own backyard. I was worried about the 'luxury' level, as I work really hard and like my precious vacation days to be perfect - but that was for naught. Totally comfortable. No complaints. Perfect place for a getaway for a mom and her 13 year old. Spring Camp, March 2021.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Susan O'Crowley, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded May 17, 2021
Thank you so much for taking time to tell folks about your experience here. We really appreciate it.
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Christie L wrote a review Apr 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great experience! I loved working with Susan and Tim as they went through their work days on the ranch. It was a dream come true for me. From riding fence lines, making repairs, riding a horse for hours, helping to sort cows, it was so interesting and fun.
Susan and Tim are wonderful hosts and I enjoyed the family style meals. The accommodations were cozy and very welcoming. I’m going next year and every year I can manage. There is so much to learn.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Bring layers for the Spring, even double gloves.
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Response from Susan O'Crowley, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Apr 6, 2023
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We really appreciate it.
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Laurengm wrote a review Apr 2013
Seattle, Washington
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I and our two girls (ages 11 and 8 “and a quarter”) spent a memorable afternoon in April at the Steens Mountain Guest Ranch. We had been in Burns, Oregon for the migratory bird festival and wanted to spend another day taking in the striking scenery of SE Oregon, before heading elsewhere on our vacation itinerary. And what better way to experience the high desert than on horseback!

The Steens Mountain Guest Ranch is a real working ranch. Here you can spend an afternoon, a weekend or a week, living the life of a rancher, riding on horseback across the open range, helping drive the cattle, and getting a genuine taste of the old West. Hosts Tim and his wife Susan built the lovely guest house themselves out of ponderosa pine and opened their doors to guests about a year ago. Their six kids now grown and settled, their aim is to invite visitors into their home and share with them something of their lifestyle. This is no watered-down tourist attraction. On our way into the ranch (due to a road closure, Susan had driven out to meet as we drove in), we stopped to help Susan chase a calf that had wandered off from its mother. Then, we watched in awe while a cow licked her new calf, born just minutes earlier, and it struggled to its feet to suckle for the first time.

That Tim and Susan love kids is evident in their relaxed and friendly manner. They took their time showing us around the ranch and guest house, answering our daughters' questions, and watching politely as our older daughter showed them her seventy or so photographs of birds on her camera she had taken the day before. No need to hurry here. It felt as if we were visiting old friends. After we were bundled up and saddled up, Tim and Susan led us on a ride for about 90 minutes across the open range (no trail).

As our horses climbed the sagebrush dotted hills, we looked across wide expanses of high desert, brown mesas and buttes. Below us were green pastures where baby calves scampered to keep up with their mothers. Deer crossed our trail, while a red-tailed hawk flew overhead. Sunlight breaking through the fast-moving spring clouds sent patterns of light and shadows careening across the landscape. Tim pointed out a neighbor's barn whose roof had been ripped off in a windstorm, reminding us that ranching life is not always so idyllic as it seemed on this day. I felt as if we were in a Western movie in that moment of peaceful repose before the bad guys ride over the horizon — the moment, with stirring background music, in which you understand that, despite its hardships, for a free-spirited soul with an expansive spirit, this is the only life!

After we finished our ride, I helped unsaddle and brush the horses, while our younger daughter played with the farm cat. Then Tim invited the girls to try out the rope-making machine, where he made a jump rope for each of them. We finished off our afternoon with hot chocolate and cookies in their cozy ranch house. After we parted with the promise to share photos, Susan led us out to the main road.

Travel at its best, in my mind, is about the exchange of cultures and ideas. For a very reasonable price, we got much more than a horseback ride. We got a taste of a different lifestyle and point of view. Our older daughter, who is concerned about animal welfare, had initially felt it was wrong to go horseback riding at all. She was accustomed to seeing horses kept in tiny stalls at riding stables. When she observed that these horses had half a mountainside to roam, she learned “that it is possible to have a responsible ranch that treats their horses like more than a tourist attraction.” In turn, Susan seemed impressed to learn that we grew produce in our Seattle urban backyard. In one congenial afternoon, we chipped away at the stereotypes that city and country folk harbor about each other.

Tim and Susan offer stays at the ranch for up to five days. In the summer, one can accompany Tim up to the upper pastures, high on Steens Mountain, for a true cowboy campout.

I hope we can go back there sometime for a longer stay. Whether you have just a few hours or several days, this is a special experience you're not likely to find anywhere else!
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from MrsSusan, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Aug 22, 2016
Thanks for the review. We haven't forgotten your family
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William W wrote a review Sep 2013
Eugene, Oregon
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a ride unlike any other! There's no plodding along on an overused trail here. These rides go up to the high country, on a working ranch, in one of the most beautiful areas of the west. Our hosts, Tim and Susan, are salt-of-the earth cow folks, who were gracious, welcoming, and never tired of answering our questions. Our ride started at the corrals, then went up a rim-rock canyon to windswept high plains, where we rode cross country to canyon overlooks and panoramic views of the countryside including the Diamond Valley and the snowy ridges of Steens Mountain.

If you want the best ride possible, get one here. We were so impressed that we'll be coming back next year, not only for a ride,but for a night's stay, too.
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Date of stay: September 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from MrsSusan, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Aug 22, 2016
Thank you very much for letting folks know about your experience with our trail rides.
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twonomadsinnevada wrote a review May 2017
Carson City, Nevada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After exploring and bird watching in eastern Oregon,we headed for Steens Mountain Guest Ranch near Diamond where we we had a reservation and soon spotted a sign pointing up a road.

Shortly we arrived at a welcoming large, natural wood ranch house and were greeted by a very friendly ranch dog "Rosie" and a shout from Tim to drive around in back.

We did an stepped into our room which was all natural wood with a sink, space for hanging stuff and suitcases a peeled pole bed, all warm and cozy. A large bathroom is shared with the one other room.

We stepped out of our room onto a long balcony overlooking a LARGE room complete with a saddle being built in one corner, large dining table with pictures of their six kid and families, a rope making machine (an interesting experience),sofas,TV, books, and more. A large kitchen area includes a world class refrigerator (remember it i some 60 miles to Burns get quart o milk).

And now you meet two of the nicest people you will ever know-Tim andSusan O'Crowley. Tim, the very image of a cowboy and Susan the perfect ranch manager who also with her coat iron Dutch ovens and skillets turns out delicious meals.

They tell you stories and make you one of the family so even for a shot time you can Live the life "Far from the Madding Crowd".

But before you turn in for the night step outside and try to count the stars, listen to the silence and you might just hear the yips of coyotes or maybe the hoot of an owl or maybe something you don't know what it is.

You will sleep well and leave too soon with many happy memories.

P.S. We are in our 80's and it was early spring so didn't take advantage of the trail/cattle drives but they sound wonderful! Check them out.
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Date of stay: April 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: With only two rooms take either one!
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Response from Susan O, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded May 9, 2017
We sure had fun with these two Nomads from Nevada. Thanks for staying with us. Happy Trails.
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Mary H wrote a review Jul 2018
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a remote location in Diamond, Oregon, but well worth the drive! Hosts Tim and Susan O'Crowley are welcoming, warm, and dedicated to creating a memorable, personal experience for each guest. Our family, all adults, participated in the unique Kiger Mustang Adventure. Hosts thoughtfully match guests with horses suited their experience, skill, and comfort - horses are well-trained, responsive, and fun to ride. Rooms and beds are comfortable; family-style meals (included) delicious; ambience relaxing and friendly. Enthusiastically recommend!!
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Date of stay: July 2018
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Only three rooms - all comfortable, all with AC. Shared, well-equipped bathroom.
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Response from Susan O, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Aug 8, 2018
Thanks so much for taking time to give us a review and let others know about your experience here. We try our best to treat others the way we would want to be treated. If was a very special time with your family.
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F K wrote a review Nov 2017
Portland, Oregon
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The ranch is a truly special and beautiful place in a part of Oregon that you must see to appreciate. Getting to know the O'Crowleys and the ranch made this so much more than just a sightseeing trip. My husband and I stayed at the ranch for two nights in late November and went for a 2 hour trail ride. We enjoyed great weather with crisp nights, amazing stars, and temperate days. We enjoyed exploring the area before we arrived -- there's a lot to see here: the Alvord Desert, Steens Mountain, the Diamond Craters area, the local hot springs, the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, and the beautiful sage brush country. But our favorite parts of the trip were our trail ride up above the ranch to the rim of the Kiger Gorge with beautiful views, and the family meals with Tim and Susan. We hope to be able to return for more riding and a longer stay!
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Date of stay: November 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Susan O, Owner at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
Responded Nov 30, 2017
Thanks for letting others get a feel for what they can experience here!
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sue w asked a question Feb 2021
Corvallis, Oregon
What does it cost to stay at Steens mountain ranch?
Answer from Susan
$199/room or cabin (includes breakfast and dinner for 2 guests)
OregonBekki asked a question Nov 2015
Veneta, Oregon13 contributions4 helpful votes
Where exactly are you located?
Answer from Tim and Susan O
Diamond
We apologize for the delay in answering promptly. We are located in Southeast Oregon, just 60 miles south of Burns. Thanks for asking. Tim and Susan Steens Mountain Guest Ranch
CarolynPortland asked a question Aug 2014
Beaverton, Oregon53 contributions
Is there air-conditioning? thanks
Answer from Susan
We use a swamp cooler for the entire Ranch Lodge from June to September during the hot days. Each Room has a ceiling fan also.
Christie L wrote a tip Apr 2023
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring layers for the Spring, even double gloves."
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Traveling Foote wrote a tip Oct 2022
Baker City, Oregon27 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be sure to wear a good pair of cowboy boots, bring a hat, bring a positive attitude and most importantly be ready for a great time."
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MG022 wrote a tip Aug 2022
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No need to choose - you will have your own comfy cabin, which includes a full bathroom and (solar) electric lighting."
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Pathfinder616136 wrote a tip Apr 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms are quiet."
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Mary H wrote a tip Jul 2018
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only three rooms - all comfortable, all with AC. Shared, well-equipped bathroom."
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What are some of the property amenities at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are any cleaning services offered at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Steens Mountain Guest Ranch?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Danish.