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Horn Family Ranches

Pilot Rock, Umatilla County, Oregon


Price  $1,425,000.00


The Horn Family Ranch consists of 1,017 +/- deeded acres and has historically been used as a ranching, farming, and recreational homestead for the last 100 years by the Horn Family. The non-contiguous tract, located just outside the small town of Pilot Rock, Oregon, offers three homes, cattle facilities, multiple outbuildings, valley views, high volume vegetation, annual springs, seasonal creeks, irrigated hay fields, and dryland tillable acres. The property currently has multiple leases in place providing the owners a return on investment.


The access to the Homestead Parcel is approximately 4 miles northeast of Pilot Rock, OR on Stewart Creek Road. The property continues south up the hill toward Rocky Ridge. The Keller Ranch Parcel is approximately 2.5 miles away from the Homestead Parcel and is at the end of Porter Road. Both parcels have good access from county graveled roads.

Distances to Other Cities:

Pendleton, OR – 29± Miles
Walla Walla, WA – 47± Miles
Spokane, WA – 217± Miles
Portland, OR – 243± Miles
Boise, ID – 244+/- Miles
Seattle, WA – 306± Miles

Acreage Breakdown:

Homestead Parcel: 637.79 +/- Acres
Keller Ranch: 379.28 +/- Acres
Total Acres: 1,017.07 +/- Acres (non-contiguous)

CRP Acres: 528.69 +/- Acres
Range Acres: 468.47 +/- Acres
Irrigated Acres: 15.7 +/- Acres
Improvement Acres: 2.0 +/- Acres


Historical Operation:

Historically, the Horn family has operated the property for the last 100 years as a farming and ranching operation. The dry cropland is considered to have fair field patterns. Typically the farm practices include a two-year summer fallow rotation with average yields in the 35-40 bu/ac range. The Sellers have indicated that the family ran 50-80 cow/calf pairs year round along with the farming. Today the family has established leases throughout the property providing them with a return on investment.


Pasture Lease: The main pasture lease is valid through 2020. The lease gives a portion of the irrigated pasture (owners to retain North 10+/- irrigated acres) to the lessee.

Pasture Lease: A second pasture lease is valid until December 31st of 2019.

Hunting Lease: The term of this lease is a continual contract that renews each year upon payment in December unless the Lessor gives notice of termination before mid August.

Manufactured Home: This lease is a last surviving or until sold term. The lessee has signed an agreement to stay on the property unless there is a sale. This lease does not provide income to the Lessor. The agreement is for the tenant to be responsible for the home property taxes and a portion of the well’s power bill.

Small House Lease: This lease is month to month.

Big House Lease: Currently, the Sellers are occupying this house and there is not an established lease. However in years past according to the Sellers, they were able to lease this house.

Leasing Contracts:

Leasing contracts, a copy of water rights and well logs, copies of CRP contracts, and FSA mapping can be obtained at The Whitney Land Company office or can be received by asking the listing broker for further details.

Conservation Reserve Program:

There are six CRP contracts totaling 528.69 acres with a combined annual payment of $47,855.00 +/- throughout both the Homestead Parcel and Keller Ranch. Contract expiration dates range from 2022-2024. The rental rate per acre ranges from $60.35-$168.68.


The property has (2) two wells for both irrigation and domestic purposes. Multiple seasonal and annual springs provide water for livestock and wildlife throughout both parcels. Stewart Creek, which is a seasonal creek, runs through the Homestead Parcel and provides a point-of-diversion water right for 15.0 +/- acres with a priority date of 1949. Another water right provides pumping from a well and has both primary and supplemental water right acres totaling 15.7 wet acres. The priority date for this certificate is 1967. The property is currently being irrigated through hand lines.


The Homestead Parcel:

  • Three homes- Two of the homes have been recently remodeled Livestock working facilities- Fencing boards replaced in 2015 40’x 60’+/- Barn with half of the barn used as a shop with a concrete floor and has power.
  • Multiple sheds/outbuildings
  • Small animal barn

Keller Ranch:

  • Developed annual spring
  • Perimeter is fully fenced
  • Cross fencing

The Sellers take great pride in the homestead operation and continue to clean, remodel, and provide maintainence as needed.


The general area provides many recreational opportunities. The Columbia River and other smaller rivers and lakes are utilized for fishing, boating and water sports. The area also provides hunting opportunities with respect to deer, elk, waterfowl and upland game birds due to the proximity to the Blue Mountains and National Forest. The subject property qualifies for 2 Land Owner Preference (LOP) tags that are leased out to an outfitter for the Ukiah unit. Further information can be found at: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/big_game/controlled_ hunts/landowner.asp


The property is zoned EFU: 105.055 DESCRIPTIONS AND PURPOSE. The purpose of the EFU, Exclusive Farm Use Zone, is to preserve and maintain agricultural lands for farm use, including range and grazing uses, consistent with existing and future needs for agricultural products; forest and open spaces; to conserve and protect scenic resources; to maintain and improve the quality of air, water, and land resources of the county; and to establish criteria and standards for farm uses and related and supportive uses, which are deemed appropriate. It is also the purpose of this zone to provide the automatic farm use evaluation for farms, which qualify under the provisions of ORS Chapter 308. For further clarification, contact the Umatilla County Planning Department.


$5,736.89- A portion of these taxes is paid by the tenant leasing the manufactured home.

Mineral Rights:

The owner does not warrant that there are any mineral rights available. However, any mineral or geothermal rights owned by the seller are included as part of the property being offered for sale.

Pilot Rock:

The City of Pilot Rock was named for the prominent basalt rock formation (pictured) located on the west side of the town which was visible from the old Oregon Trail and used as an aim point by wagon trains traveling Emigrant Pass and Cabbage Hill. Pilot Rock is located in Northeastern Oregon approximately 15 miles south of Pendleton in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. It is a small community of 1542. The main industries are timber and agriculture. Pilot Rock is home to one mill: Boise Cascade /Kinzua Lumber, a lumber and pole mill. Rolling hills of grass land and grain fields depict the land which lies at the base of the Blue Mountains. Pilot Rock is located at the confluence of East and West Birch Creeks, tributaries of the Umatilla River.

Umatilla County:

Umatilla County was created on September 27, 1862, out of a portion of Wasco County. Umatilla is an Indian term meaning “rippling water” or “water rippling over sand” and has provided the name both for the county and its major river. Lewis and Clark and pioneers traveling the Oregon Trail passed through the area. The gold rush of 1862 brought miners and stock raisers to the mountains and grasslands of Umatilla County. The county expanded after the coming of the railroad in 1881 and the area was open to the development of dry land wheat farming. The fertile land of Umatilla County gives a strongly agricultural base to the county’s economy. Fruit, grain, timber, cattle, and sheep are important agricultural products. Recreation, primarily in the Blue Mountains, and tourism, most notably for the annual Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, are also important to the local economy.



Offered by:
The Whitney Land Company

Todd Longgood, Broker
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Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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Please contact The Whitney Land Company office to schedule a showing.  A listing agent must be present at all times to tour the property.

All of the information within this sales package has been gathered from State, County and City records and officials as well as others who are deemed reliable; however, the broker and agents can not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information herein contained. It is also subject to change, prior sale or withdrawal.