In the late 1800’s, many of the pioneer families settling in this part of the country found it too rugged and demanding, ultimately moving on. Those who stayed and made Silvies Valley their home left behind a diverse heritage that included a love for this rugged land and respect for its natural resources. Over the years that followed the 1950’s much of this heritage was lost and abandoned as the homesteads in the valley were bought and sold.
In 2007 the rocky history of ranch ownership came to an abrupt halt when Silvies Valley Ranch was purchased by Silvies Valley Ranch, L.L.C., a private company founded by the Campbell’s – a family with pioneer roots in Eastern Oregon even older than the ranch. In keeping with the ranch’s history and heritage, work on restoration of ranch lands and resources quickly returned Silvies to a productive working cattle ranch with premium hay cultivation. A rendition of one of the earliest ranch brands was adopted and recorded to help write this new chapter in the ranch’s long history of “returning home”.
Soon thereafter, Robb & Lisa Foster (also a long time Eastern Oregon family) joined the ranch as on-site management with a goal of returning Silvies Valley Ranch not only to its former position as one of the leading enterprises in Eastern Oregon, but as a new model for ranches throughout the United States. With a world class team of ranch associates working on a variety of ranching, recreation, livestock, restoration and wildlife projects the ranch continues to grow to its new potential as its recovery plan takes shape.
At Silvies Valley Ranch, we pride ourselves on staying true to our principles; quality, freedom, mutuality, growth, efficiency, and responsibility. We judge our quality by the strength of our relationships, require freedom to shape our future, believe that a mutual benefit is a shared benefit, embrace the concept of perpetual personal and professional growth, use our resources to the fullest, and demand total responsibility from ourselves, supporting the responsibilities of others.
Silvies Valley Ranch merges luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience. The Retreat at Silvies Valley Ranch brings the Western mystique of the region to an intimate scale, full service-resort complete with lodging, two reversible 18-hole golf courses, multiple delicious and unique dining options, exclusive outdoor experiences, a spa (to open in 2018), and a private airstrip for guests looking to fly directly onto the property. Western experiences such shooting, cattle roundup, goat herding, fishing, exploring, wagon rides, Indian cave tours and more can all be found on the ranch – defining the overall serenity and impression that makes Silvies Valley Ranch a must-see destination for visitors far and wide