Nestled in a secluded area of the Ochoco Mountains at approximately 4,400 feet elevation, Ochoco Lodge is located on over 8 acres with beautiful view of the meadow, pond, stream and mountains and access to everything right from the house! As you can see in the pictures, the lodge has a warm and rustic feel with knotty pine walls and ceilings, wood floors and great attention to detail in newer constriction. Over 1,800 square feet, four bedrooms (including “the Bunkhouse” room with bunks and bedding set-up for the kids) and two bathrooms as well as an open floor plan connecting the kitchen, living room and dining area, the lodge is well-suited for entertaining and “hanging out” together. The living room has a large wood stove, a couch and chair for lounging as well as a flat screen if you choose to watch a DVD. The kitchen is well-stocked for gourmet creations with a convection oven, large fridge and the tools necessary to “make it happen” and there is satellite wifi if you want to stay connected via email and surfing. Enjoy your meals at the long, wood table before the view windows – seats 10. There's even a game room in the garage with ping pong, foos ball, darts, and a barbecue!
In the winter, snow activities abound, with a great sledding hill right on the property as well as snow shoeing (sleds and snow-shoes available for use) out the back door. And if you are looking for more, Oregon’s largest snow park sledding hill, Bandit Springs cross-country ski area, and Ochoco Divide snow mobile trail head are only a couple of minutes away - literally walking (or skiing!) distance. Imagine a day playing in the snow with family and friends followed by an evening of relaxing just minutes away – truly magical!
The rest of the year is every bit as exciting here at Ochoco Lodge, with horseback riding (stalls and turn-out coming soon), hiking, mountain biking, etc. all right out the back door. Explore the surrounding hills for the many gold mines and ghost towns that the area is famous for. Birding is great – maybe you’ll get that “lifer” you’ve been seeking – Great Gray Owl, Boreal Owl or?... Fishing or Sailing at nearby Walton Lake or the many streams in the area are also available – or just sit in an Adirondack chair next to the pond and “take it all in”. And at night - the sky is breath-taking through the clear mountain air and minimal light pollution. Charming Mitchell is less than a half hour’s drive, or drive an hour to explore the John Day fossil beds. And the Painted Hills are a must see, just forty minutes away. Prineville is just a half hour away if you want to enjoy a dinner out at the iconic Club Pioneer. And if you want to spend a day a Bend or Sisters, they’re accessible as well.