The Bar M Ranch is a premier guest ranch for sale located in the beautiful Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. The ranch encompasses 389± deeded acres and is surrounded by the Umatilla National Forest on the south border. Approximately one mile of the free flowing Umatilla River runs through the center of the property and supports a healthy population of bull trout and rainbow trout. Each year, guests can watch salmon and steelhead move up the river searching for their ancestral spawning grounds.
The Oregon ranch house was built in 1864 as a stage stop during the civil war and has offered its special appeal to many people through the years. For over a century, people have been coming to the ranch specifically for Bingham Hot Springs. This geothermal hot spring has soothed many aching muscles after a day of riding on miles of trails or hiking through the mountains surrounding the ranch. The Bar M Ranch is a very special place with a history that is rich with western flair.
The Bar M Ranch is located 31 miles to the northeast of Pendleton on the Umatilla River in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon. The ranch is surrounded by national forest with the 20,435 acre North Fork Umatilla Wilderness flanking the eastern edge of the property. The wildlife in the area varies with mule deer and whitetail deer, elk, bear, mountain lions, and turkeys. All can be found on the ranch depending on the time of year and weather.
Horseback riding is the most popular summer activity on the Oregon ranch. With miles of trails leading into the mountains, one can spend the entire day in the saddle or just a few hours. Just beyond the eastern edge of the ranch is the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness with miles of hiking trails up the drainages and on the ridge tops.
The next best thing is hanging out at the hot spring pool, soaking in the 86-degree water and soothing the muscles after a long ride or hike. The Pool sits on the opposite side of the river across a cable suspension bridge. The 40 x 60 ft. pool has a continuous flow of hot, mineral rich water flowing into it with a beautiful backdrop of the Umatilla River drainage and the mountains in the back ground.
In the winter months, there is cross country skiing and snowmobiling on the roads and trails in the Blue Mountains. The ranch does get snow, but at times, in order to get into better snow conditions for skiing and snowmobiling, one has to follow the road just a few miles past the ranch to find the heavier snow falls.
The Bar M Ranch is one of the oldest continuously operated guest ranches in Oregon and the west. Tucked away in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, this ranch has all the charm and unique western feel of a working ranch of days gone by. This is a special place with many people coming through the area to visit the Oregon ranch and the hot springs and taking in the splendor of the surroundings. In 1926 President Calvin Coolidge and Secretary of State Herbert Hoover signed the guest book at the ranch. The guest book is still on display at the ranch, along with other historical items.