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​For more than 60 years, Young Life has set the standard by building state-of-the-art, comfortable, well-designed facilities that reflect God’s glorious creation. At Washington Family Ranch we offer outstanding lodging, amenities and personalized service at competitive and affordable rates for groups. We enjoy sharing our property with Young Life and other non-profit groups throughout the school year. To find out more about booking the Ranch for your next event, complete the event survey below! ​


Washington Family Ranch is glad to accept your reservation any time throughout the school season. WFR is reserved for Young Life summer camping from mid-June to mid-August.

We have a wide variety of venue uses including conferences, training events, educational retreats, women's retreats, men's retreats, college retreats, high school and junior high retreats, service projects, seminars, family camps, staff retreats, etc.

**due to our 501(c)(3) status, we are not available for weddings, family reunions, grad parties or corporate events.


Pricing averages $80-$100 per guest per night, depending on time of year, group size and age dynamic, guest amenities and requested activities.

How to Book

We'd love to hear from you! Complete a Group Inquiry Survey​ or Contact us:

Young Life Washington Family Ranch
PO Box 220
1 Muddy Rd
Antelope, OR 97001

Phone: 541-489-3100
Fax:​ 541-306-6639

Additional Info

  • Review Travel Informationbefore​ leaving for camp.
  • Alcohol is not permitted at WFR.
  • Pets (medical service dogs excepted) are not permitted at WFR.


  • First Class Facilities
  • Stunning Grounds
  • Basketball and Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Free Parking
  • Free A/V and Meeting Spaces
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Restful Housing Options
  • Young Life store with all the basics

Planning Your Event


Canyon​ camp's western theme and expansive layout make it a great venue for large youth retreats, while its many unique and versatile meeting spaces are excellent for conferences and seminars. View activities, facilities and housing information here.


Creekside's​ water park and activity center are more localized, a great option for discipleship camps and all-ages events. View activities, facilities and housing information here.


Work Crew

Groups are responsible for supplying work crew personnel. Each group is asked to bring one work crew for every ten campers. Your work crew is free of charge and is responsible for working in the kitchen, dining room, dish pits and other areas of camp as needed. Be sure to recruit adults who can supervise or serve as point people for the work crew.

Medical Provider

Each group is asked to bring an Oregon certified medical provider (nurse, paramedic, doctor) that can provide care sufficient for the size of your group. Your group size will determine the number of medical personnel needed.


All groups intending to use water activities (May - September) are required to bring their own lifeguards. The number of lifeguards required is determined by the number of water activities that the group would like to access.

Forms & Deposit

Health Form

Each group is required to bring health forms for and signed by all attendees, including campers, leaders and work crew.


Each group will receive a contract for their booking reservation. This contract must be signed and returned to the property within 30 days after it is received.


Each group must have a Certificate of Insurance sent to Washington Family Ranch by their insurance company. The certificate must name your group as the insured with Young Life named as the additional insured.


After booking, each group will be asked to make a deposit of 10% down or $5000, whichever is greater. This deposit is non-refundable and will be due with your signed contract.​​​​​​


We welcome guests of all abilities to our camps. At Washington Family Ranch, all of our main buildings are accessible to strollers or wheelchairs, and we have a handful of cabins that are designed to be accessible (special housing needs may be requested by your child's trip leader).

Walkways around camp are paved. We will also do our best to help every guest participate in activities. We want every kid to have the best week of their life as they come to camp!

Travel Information

​Truly "Miles Beyond Ordinary", Washington Family Ranch is located in a remote canyon in Central Oregon, about a 30 minute drive from the small town of Antelope, OR. We've got a 12-mile driveway, part gravel road and part rough paving, so be prepared.

  • Update for 2023:​ ​ WFR is currently paving the 11-mile camp road. Crews will be working Monday-Thursday. When driving out for your weekend retreat, please turn on your headlights (even in daylight hours), ​ observe posted speed limits and drive slowly around blind corners.
  • Cell phones do not work on the property and GPS is not reliable, so be sure to print out our directions.​ ​Several map programs are giving incorrect directions due to nearby road construction. Please make sure you are following our directions to camp!
  • Also note that the last services (restaurants, gas stations, restrooms) are in Biggs, OR (1 hr 45 minutes away) or Madras, OR (1 hour away). Be sure to stop in Biggs or Madras for all the necessities before the last leg of the trip. Watch for wildlife and breathtaking views on Muddy Road!
  • If you are interested in a tour of WFR facilities, please complete the form here: Tour Request Form

Local Road Conditions

Washington Family Ranch asks all drivers to be cautious on area roads. Roads may be slippery when wet and may be icy early in the morning. Check weather reports. WFR is consistently warmer than surrounding areas and WFR's location report may not accurately reflect road conditions at higher elevations. Please use caution, as heavy trucks, semis and construction equipment will be on camp roads throughout the year.​

Muddy Road is bare gravel with patches of pavement. In the event of rain, please drive carefully, as the road can be slippery. The road is steep and contains several blind corners. Please drive with caution and respect any road work signs, as crews will be repairing rough patches and culverts.

​ Reports will be posted in the event of hazardous conditions. If you are in need of a current report, please call our office during normal business hours.

Regional Road Report Info

Driving Directions

  • Online mapping tools and personal GPS devices may not give you accurate directions to Washington Family Ranch.
  • Use our directions​ when you reach Antelope.
  • Get gas in Madras or Biggs — it's your last chance!
  • Cell phones do not work on the property.
  • Need help? There is an emergency phone 4 miles down Muddy Road that will contact camp personnel.
  • Muddy Road has steep grades and blind curves.
  • Check the latest weather forecast​ or current conditions.​

Big Muddy Airstrip Operations

We have been blessed with the presence of a 4,200 foot paved airstrip on the ranch. This airstrip presents some unique opportunities and unique hazards. Due to the location of our airstrip in relation to Washington Family Ranch, we only extend permission to use this airstrip to our guests through a specific approval process. This process helps to mitigate the risks involved as well as keep our insurance premiums (operating costs) at their lowest. We hope our due diligence in following this process and maintaining our standards is understandable.

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