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About 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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Explore Oregon Recreation: Birch Creek Historic Ranch

Operator
Bureau of Land Management
Access
Features
No Electric Hookups
No Fires
No Pets
Not Reservable
No Showers
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RVs and Trailers
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
No Pull-Through Sites
Location
Birch Creek Historic Ranch is located in Oregon
Latitude
43.2147 N
Longitude
-117.5033 W
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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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