Horn Family Ranches
Pilot Rock, Umatilla County, Oregon
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
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
Homestead Parcel: 637.79 +/- Acres
Keller Ranch: 379.28
Total Acres: 1,017.07 +/- Acres (non-contiguous)
CRP Acres: 528.69 +/- Acres
Range Acres: 468.47 +/-
Irrigated Acres: 15.7 +/- Acres
2.0 +/- Acres
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
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, 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
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
- 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
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
$5,736.89- A portion of these taxes is paid by the tenant
leasing the manufactured home.
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
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 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
The Whitney Land
Todd Longgood, Broker
Christopher D. Stuvland, Broker
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.