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Grant County

Written by Oregon Media

Grant County

TEE up and explore A WILD outdoorS with A BIG DOSE OF GOLD RUSH history

Outdoor adventures from hunting and fishing to hiking and biking await those who take the time to explore the remote and scenic reaches of Grant County. Steeped in history, the area was a gold mining region that drew thousands to its boomtowns in the late 1800s. The gold is gone but the pioneering spirit endures. Visitors have plenty to explore—from the historic Kam Wah Chung Chinese State Heritage Site to the picturesque Strawberry Mountains. If you’re looking for adventure without boundaries, Grant County has it in abundance.

Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum

The Kam Wah Chung & Co. Museum in the small city of John Day remains much as it was nearly a century ago when a thriving community of gold rush-inspired Chinese emigrants called the John Day area home. The Kam Wah Chung store and apothecary was at the center of the community, and today its shelves of well-preserved herbal and traditional medicines serve as a window into history.

Strawberry Mountains Hike and camp the Strawberry Mountains

Located just east of the town of John Day, the “Strawberries” (as they are affectionately known) are one of the most scenic and accessible ranges in Eastern Oregon. More than 60,000 acres of land is set aside in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness, an area that includes Strawberry Peak and Strawberry Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for nearly 400 species of birds, black bears and California big horn sheep.


silvies valley ranch

Silvies Valley Ranch on scenic Highway 395 merges luxury and relaxation with an authentic Western ranch experience. Golf the 18-hole reversable course—one of only three reversable courses in the state of Oregon. The Hankins and Craddock courses are the same course played two different directions. Play one way one day, and reverse on the alternate day, to provide two distinctly different golf experiences. There is also a 9-hole Chief Egan course and the 7-hole McVeigh’s Gauntlet. In addition to world-class golf, feast on delicious and unique dining options, partake in exclusive outdoor experiences, and relax at the spa. Lodging is authentically western yet totally luxurious. A private airstrip is available for those wishing to fly directly on to the property. Have no doubt that a simply amazing adventure awaits you at Silvies Valley Ranch.