Wilson Ranches Retreat

16555 Butte Creek Lane , Fossil, 97830 USA (Show map)
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Legendary pioneer hospitality awaits you at our Oregon bed and breakfast ranch near John Day, Oregon. At Wilson Ranches Retreat you will enjoy peaceful ranch environment rich in history. Live a day in the life of a cowboy or cowgirl on our 9,000 acre working cattle ranch in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley, three miles West of the small town of Fossil, Oregon. Relax and rejuvenate in the pristine ranch style guest rooms. Stunning sunsets, brilliant star-studded nights and the diverse flora and fauna of Fossil, Oregon will captivate you. At our Oregon guest ranch, lifetime memories are created on scenic horseback rides, cattle drives, hiking and ranch tours in a geologically and historically rich area with a magnificent view of the Cascade Mountain Range. Wilson Ranches Retreat is an exceptional place to headquarter your exploration of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, where you will discover the richest find of prehistoric fossils in the world. Wheeler County, Oregon is a spectacular destination for rafting and world-class bass fishing on the John Day River. Fossil, Oregon is truly an untouched part of Eastern Oregon history.




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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8


5 on May 30, 2016

we are group of 15 stay there for 3 nights, visiting John Day Parks, this Retreat are the best location to visit all 3 units of John Day; Nancy & Kara Wilson came every morning cooked us fresh delicious breakfast chat & lots of laugh, lots of good stories,...yes,yes,yes, we strongly recommended to everyone if you plan to visit John Day or the surrounding area, you'll love Wilson Ranches Retreat, I promised. :)

Friendly Ranch Family!

5 on April 29, 2014

What a great stay! We booked a single night a few weeks ago (April 2014) for my lady's birthday. I booked a 2-3 hour horse ride (horse ride prices are very fair!) and Nancy was kind enough to invite us to help with the rounding of cattle for branding of the calves! What an adventure! My lady is an experienced rider but wrangling cattle was an experience she always wanted to try and finally got for her birthday! The family was extraordinarily kind and let us hang out the whole day in the sunshine and ask questions about the ranch, ranch life, and the branding of the calves. They are a very pleasant family, they even invited us to have lunch with them but unfortunately we had to hit the road. The ranch itself is on a beautiful slice of land in north eastern Oregon. Lot's of wildlife and very quiet/calming/serine. The horses where very hearty, responsive, and seemed very well taken care of :) Breakfast was great and more than we could eat. Served at a family table with the other guests, family style, so it was fun to hear peoples stories and get tips on what to do in the area. We will DEFINITELY return to the ranch next time we want to go for a nice ride and do a little country living. -Patrick and Sarah

Extremely Hospitable Hosts!

4.6 on October 01, 2012

Phil and Nancy are the best BnB hosts we've experienced to date. I got several maps of the area prior to arriving and Nancy gave me a map that was much better than the ones I had collected. All I can say about the break, besides Delicious, it was incredible! We'll be back!!!

Local Treasure

4.8 on March 01, 2012

We are local folks living in the same county in which the Wilson Ranches Retreat is located. My husband I had an opportunity to stay at the retreat recently and found the retreat to be a treat. The other guests were pleasant and interesting to visit. The home cooked breakfast was tasty and memorable. We plan on stay there again. I would highly recommend you visit, and stay 2 nights. :)

Great Ranch Experience!

4.6 on January 16, 2012

We came here on our honeymoon. It was our first stop and it was awesome to relax and kick off a great trip. Since then we've been back with our daughter who is in LOVE with the horses. It's a great place to enjoy no matter what your family status. Phil and Nancy are fabulous hosts that make you immediately feel like part of the ranch. We will definitely be back!

Brodehl's stay at Wilson ranch

4.0 on January 04, 2012

We found theWilson Ranch Bed and Breakfast by accident the first time. We just saw their sign on the road and decided to take a chance and stay there. We were pleasantly surprised at what we found. The rooms were clean and tastefully furnished. The breakfast was wonderful. It was more than enough. It was like a 5 star breakfast... It was a quiet and relaxing place to stay. Deer wondered around in the yard at night and we saw herds of elk as well. We were impressed.by the helpful owner/hosts Phil andNancy. The next ime we stayed at their ranch was on purpose.. Because the following day was Thanksgiving they made arrangements for us to have a big Thanksgiving dinner in Fossil. We would certainly recommend anyone to visit their Bed and Breakfast. We will certainly return in the future. Roy & Rosalee Brodehl.

We love this place!

5 on December 29, 2011

We love Wilson Ranch so much we go back each summer. We love how the place makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the hospitality of the owners, Phil and Nancy makes you feel like family. The bed & breakfast is nestled among surrounding mountains which makes for a quiet and relaxing stay. We turn off our cell phones and the only tv we may watch are old western VHS movies that are provided for guests. Home-cooked breakfasts are prepared daily by Phil and Nancy and are always delicious! We book at least one horseback ride each stay. My favorite ride has been the evening ride. The sunset view from atop the mountains is beautiful. Overall, Wilson Ranch has been a wonderful experience each time we’ve been. We highly recommend it.


4.8 on December 28, 2011

We loved the remote and beautiful setting and the hospitality was outstanding. We want to come again to see the stars and the spring wildflowers.

Happy Trails at Wilson Ranches Retreat

4.0 on December 24, 2011

We enjoyed our stay at Wilsons' so much that when our older daughter got married and her French family arrived from Lyon for the wedding we took them to the Wilson Ranch for several days of horseback riding and enjoying life in the Old West. It was one of the best experiences in our lives - and the French family as well! We all agreed that whether coming from Bend or France the experience is wonderfully unique! Ed & Sharon Tillinghast, Bend, OR

Does "close the gate" mean "Close the gate"!

5 on December 22, 2011

I love staying at Wilson Ranch. It is so comfy and just down right fun. I have been able to visit three times now and each time I am fortunate to learn about the rancher's life surrounded by the beautiful and tough countryside. Phil and Nancy serve up a wholesome breakfast with a big ol side of storytime and laughter. My favorite part is always the horses...from the time I arrive until time to head home. Being able to join in and be a part of their family for a short while is wonderful and I am so grateful. I have be able to see my first rattle snake and coyote from a top of one of their many wonderful horses. I have viewed Condon over 25 miles away from top of the ridge. Chasing the bull that jump the fence, visiting the cows and chatting with their beautiful calves. Probably the funniest thing that ever happened, yet there are probably many when I ride was on the day of "branding"...wow, that was an experience of a life time and I am so thankful that the family allowed me to be a part. Even if "closing the gate" did not mean "close the gate" to a greenhorn! When I jumped of a perfectly good horse to "close the gate" I immediately heard Phil at the top of his lungs "Georgie" "Get back on your horse NOW" I think there may have even been more words, but I know now to close the gate with my trusty steed....whew! That pen of cows would have paid me no mind to leave that pen...thanks for the memories...Love Wilson Ranch and all will consider their visit most special and I'm thankful for the entire Wilson family.

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Rooms & Rates

The Buckaroo Room

The cowboy and rodeo atmosphere captures the American Spirit of Wilson Ranches Retreat from this bright and sunny room with a Queen bed. - Private entrance leading to the 400 square foot deck - Bathroom with claw foot bathtub or shower shared on the main floor - TV/VCR - Wi-Fi

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Buckhorn Room

The perfect hideaway to relax with a King and Queen bed. The inviting old-fashioned decor with the knotty pine paneling and horseshoe hangers gives this room its rustic elegance - Private bathroom with shower - TV/VCR - Wi-Fi

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

The Hideout Room

Western theme guest room has a California King bed and one Twin bed. Adjoining room has two Twin beds. - Private entrance has a stairway leading to the 400 square foot deck - Captivating view overlooking the deck, alfalfa fields and rugged Eastern Oregon terrain - Bathroom with claw foot bathtub or shower shared on the main floor - TV/VCR - Wi-Fi

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Beds 1 King , 3 Twin

The Homestead Room

Embrace the Homesteader atmosphere with a King and two Queen beds. Larger than most of the homesteader cabins that our ancestors lived in (19? x 26?) - Warm yourself by your in-room red brick fireplace with cut firewood - Private entrance leading to the lawn and a sidewalk to the front of the Bed & Breakfast -Private bathroom with shower -TV/VCR/Dish Network -Wi-Fi

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Queen

The Pioneer Room

An inviting Queen bed and original 1910 woodwork highlight the quaint charm to enhance this delightful guest room. This peaceful room captures the nostalgia of the Wilson Family heritage. - Bathroom with claw foot bathtub - Shower shared on the main floor - Wi-Fi

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

The Wrangler Room

The western decor compliments the homespun atmosphere in this cozy room with a Queen bed. Open your window to enjoy the cool evening air and hear the sounds of nature. - Adjacent to the bathroom with claw foot bathtub or shower shared also available on the main floor - Wi-Fi

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Rural, Secluded


Portland, OR (PDX) 180 miles

Directions to property:

Wilson Ranches Retreat Bed and Breakfast is located in Wheeler County in North Central Oregon. The Retreat is two miles northwest of Fossil on Butte Creek Road. The Retreat is sited in the beautiful Butte Creek Valley and is surrounded by unique geology, sagebrush, juniper hills, hay fields and pastures. Fossil is located on the 45th parallel. Incorporated over a century ago, Fossil has a population of 450. Fossil sports a museum, interpretive center and public fossil beds at Wheeler High School. There is an airport available within 25 minutes of the Ranch at Condon, Oregon. Transportation is available upon request. The Portland Airport is 180 miles from Fossil. The Redmond Airport is 96 miles from Fossil. For further directions please give Phil and Nancy a call and they'll try to get you to WRR on the most direct or scenic route, depending on your needs.

Area Attractions

Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo

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On-site amenities

Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, VCR

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: noon
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other



Phil and Nancy Wilson

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Special Package

Picnic Horseback Ride Package

Enjoy a cowboy guided 2-hour horseback ride to enjoy breathtaking vistas and big-sky views in all directions. Relax awhile and enjoy the sounds of nature as you enjoy your saddle bag picnic brimming with fruit, cheese, crackers, summer sausage, olives & nuts. $219 per couple, plus cost of your lodging. Book online at wilsonranchesretreat.com.

Cowboy Up Package

Live a day in the life of a real cowboy/cowgirl! Spend 2 hours on horseback helping us work the ranch. $90 per person, plus the cost of your lodging. Add additional hours in the saddle for $35/hr once you’re here. Book online at wilsonranchesretreat.com.

Horseback Ride

As you ride the high desert hills of Eastern Oregon your senses will be awakened by the breathtaking views and big-sky horizons in all directions. Lifetime memories are created on sunset horseback rides with a spectacular viewpoint of the Cascade Mountain Range and a show of colors over Mt. Hood; the same ones that have welcomed pioneers and dreamers for more than 150 years. $55 1 hour, $35 additional hours.

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