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Experience Old West Traditions at the Historic Bar M Ranch

Author: By Iris Dean, a Feature and Travel Writer for USA Travel Magazine where you can Explore America's Backyard:

A Memorable Western Vacation

The peace, quiet, and beauty of the Bar M Ranch have become the ideal setting for romantic weddings. It is also an inviting retreat used by corporations for meetings and other group events. What makes the Bar M Ranch truly unique are timeless as the western traditions that are still embraced at this ultimate destination for a fun, relaxing and memorable western vacation.

Built in 1864, the Bar M Ranch's history dates back to the Civil War when it was one of a few stage coach stops along the rugged road west. The 3,000 acre ranch is nestled within the foothills of the Blue Mountains, only 30 miles east of Pendleton, Oregon. Tall pines, fir, and cottonwood trees surround the ranch on the canyon floor, right next to the Umatilla River making it a great destination for outdoor adventures.

Natural Beauty & Year-Round Activities

The fresh mountain air, natural hot springs pool, spectacular scenery, sports and recreational opportunities are enjoyed by large families and adventurous individuals alike. The many amenities at the Bar M Ranch make it the perfect year round vacation spot, and include: hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, game room, a recreation barn, and off the ranch activities. Children especially enjoy fishing in the stocked pond, basketball and volleyball, and a barnyard petting zoo. The best time to visit for winter fun in the Blue Mountains is in December when you can ski the slopes or snowmobile at Spout Springs, about 50 miles or an hours drive. Skiing is also available Bluewood and Anthony Lakes.

Getaway From The Fast Lane

Feel yourself begin to unwind as you cross the suspension bridge over the river and relax in the large natural mineral hot springs swimming pool. Tour the beautiful country side along the banks of the river or up steep on the mountain trails on back of a horse. After an exciting day out on the range you'll be welcomed back by friendly faces for a home-cooked, family-style meal. The Bar M Ranch is close to area attractions, yet far enough away to escape when you want to relax. Nearby Attractions

Within 25 miles of the ranch you can explore the Native American culture at the Tamastslikt Indian Cultural Center, find action and entertainment at Wildhorse Casino, or hit a few rounds at the nearby 18 hole golf course. Not far away in Pendleton there are several Museums, the Pendleton Woolen Mills, Underground
Tours, and a variety of shopping options.

The "Pendleton Round Up"

To Experience the excitement of a rodeo visit Pendleton during the second full week of September when the world famous "Pendleton Round Up" rodeo is. The Happy Canyon Night Show and the Professional Bull Riders Tour are also popular attractions in the area. Pendleton is also home to symphonies and extraordinary art galleries.

More Day Trips

45 miles from the ranch you can spend the day sampling wine in the Walla Walla Valley at the many world class wineries. In Hermiston, located about 60 miles away, visitors can join the festivities during the month of August at the Umatilla County Fair and Farm City Pro Rodeo, rated one of the top in the nation.

For more information on area attractions and reservations at the Bar M Ranch at Bingham Hot Springs, 58840 Bar M Lane, Adams, OR, call Toll Free: (888) 824-3381 or visit Email request can be sent to:

About the author:

Iris Dean is a Feature and Travel Writer for USA Travel Magazine
where you can Explore America's Backyard: