Rogue River Ranch

Archaeological site

Rogue River Ranch is on the National Register of Historic Places and is nestled in the heart of the Rogue River's wild section.

Once a major Rogue River Indian habitation site, the area has enjoyed a rich human history of over 8,000 years. When the Europeans arrived the site evolved into a small gold-mining community, with up to 100 residents trying to scratch a living from the gold-bearing gravel bars of the mighty Rogue River.

The ranch structures remaining today represent the center of the old Marial community. During the gold mining days, the early 1900s', the ranch had a trading post with upstairs lodging, a blacksmith's shop, and numerous outbuildings that filled the early Euro-American residents' social and commercial needs.

Visitors are welcome to visit the ranch area and look inside the museum. Bureau of Land Management caretakers voluntarily staff the Ranch and emergency radio communications are available.

Drinking water may be obtained from a faucet near the caretaker's house. The ranch is open to the public from May to October.

Location and Access

Rogue River Ranch is in SW Oregon, within the National Wild and Scenic Rogue River corridor. It can be reached by driving 45 to 75 miles from I-5, depending on the route you take.

Be prepared with a full tank of gas, food, and water, as there are no gas stations or services along the way. The roads are narrow and winding and take 2 hours or more to drive one-way. Road access is often blocked by snow in the winter months.