Birch Creek Historic Ranch

Birch Creek Ranch
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Address:

Vale District Office 100 Oregon Street Vale, OR 97918

Latitude/Longitude:
43.214726, -117.503261
Directions:
The Birch Creek Historic Ranch is located in the southeast corner of Oregon in Malheur County. From Highway 95, 8 miles north of Jordan Valley, turn west at the Jordan Craters sign onto Cow Creek Road. Follow BLM Owyhee River access signs 28 miles to the Ranch.
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AUTO TOURING
BIKING
BOATING
CLIMBING
HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE
CAMPING
FISHING
HIKING
HORSEBACK RIDING
PICNICKING
WILDLIFE VIEWING
DAY USE AREA
PHOTOGRAPHY
PADDLING
SWIMMING

Birch Creek Historic Ranch

Nestled among cream and chocolate colored hills, barren red cliffs, and towering rock spires lays a secret oasis: the Birch Creek Historic Ranch. Established in the early 1900s, the ingenuity and determination of a Basque sheepherder and a West Virginia cattle rancher are still evident at the site today. Stone walls built in the Basque tradition still ascend the mesa. Remnants of a waterwheel hint at the lush alfalfa fields fed through the gravity irrigation system. Nineteen buildings and structures at the ranch contribute to the property's designation as a historical rural landscape on the Department of the Interior's National Register of Historic Places.

Know Before You Go:

  • Open YEAR ROUND, best access May-October.
  • Accessibility is dependent on road conditions. A high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.
  • There is a single water source and restroom. Five-unit campground.

Point of Interest:

Contact the Bureau of Land Management Vale District office for facilities rental information, current road access conditions, and any seasonal fire closure restrictions.

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