I wanted to take this time to answer some of our most popular questions, and to walk you through some of our Ranch facts. Long Hollow Ranch was acquired in 1984. Our herd of registered Polled Herefords was moved here from western Oregon, and Erik Bloomfeldt came along as the manager of the cattle and the farming operation.
In 1997 the idea of developing a Dude Ranch business was forming. The buildings were remodeled to accommodate guests, horses and tack were purchased, and in August of 2000, we hosted our first guests!
Dick and Shirley Bloomfeldt, Bud and Marlene Aldrich, and Allan and Kathryn Godsiff made up the original Dude Ranch staff.
The Ranch consists of ~560 deeded acres used for pastures and hay crops and ~15,000 acres of leased federal and private-range land.
The Polled Herefords were replaced with Red Angus in the late 1980’s, and now we manage a small herd of Angus (both Red and Black) for production of Natural Beef.
About 290 acres of the Ranch are irrigated with water that comes from snow melt runoff of the Middle Sister Mountain via Whychus Creek and the Three Sisters Irrigation District system. The irrigation system is piped, which eliminates water loss from seeping into the ground and evaporation. The water comes to us under pressure so no power is needed to put it on the fields.
Horses are the featured attraction at Long Hollow and for a good reason! Our guests come here to ride. They want to know all about their mounts and often become good friends with them during their time in the saddle. The herd currently consists of seventeen horses and one mule, which range in age from 8 to 23 years. A few of them have been with us since the early days of the Dude Ranch. Some horses get tired of riding the trails after a few years and are retired to a new home where they will have just one human to work with. Some also seem to love the life and are here for many years to be taken care of.
Dude Ranch riding is primarily trail riding and a few cattle drives each summer. Because the terrain is rocky and uneven, we do not ride faster than a walk on the trails. Though our rides are quite safe, children between 6 and 12 are required to wear helmets. Helmets are recommended for all riders, but the decision is left to the adult riders.
A significant part of the enjoyment of a trail ride is the stunning scenery. At Long Hollow our guests can view as many as eleven picturesque snow-covered peaks, as well as extensive views of rolling hills, valleys, and a variety of unique desert wildlife and plants. The wranglers are happy to answer questions about the Ranch and surrounding area.
All of us at Long Hollow enjoy meeting guests from around the world and sharing our life in Central Oregon. Learning about you and your homeland is always a highlight for us as well. So, you all come on over and join the fun!