An oasis in the beautiful High Desert of Oregon, Washington Family Ranch's Canyon camp carries its western theme with style and flair. Canyon has a group minimum of 200 guests but can easily accommodate 600 guests (or more!) any time from mid-August to mid-June. Its variety of housing options and flexible dining facilities make it perfect for youth events and church retreats or multiple groups contracting together.
Canyon's sprawling grounds offer centralized indoor and outdoor event space, with secluded getaways just across the creek. Multiple self-contained facilities with their own housing and dedicated meeting spaces allow Canyon to host several smaller groups at the same time without ever feeling crowded.
Complete our survey to let us know your group's preferred dates and event needs!
Due to Young Life's summer camping season, Canyon is available from mid-August through mid-June. We can accommodate a single group of 200 to 600 guests or multiple smaller groups under shared use contracts with a minimum 200 guests.
We have a wide variety of venue uses including conferences, training events, educational retreats, women's retreats, men's retreats, college retreats, high school retreats, junior high retreats, family retreats, service projects, seminars, staff retreats, etc.
**due to our 501(c)(3) status, we are not available for weddings, family reunions, or corporate events.
Pricing is based on your group's needs and varies according to:
Please fill out a short survey through the link below to let us know more about your group, preferred dates and event interests & needs! Contact us with any additional questions. We'd love to see you here at WFR!
Alcohol is not permitted at WFR Canyon
Canyon camp also hosts multiple scheduled events throughout the year. Be sure to check out some of the opportunities we provide for churches, families, and volunteers.
Canyon's newest dorm, Axehandle Lodge replaces the previous Horseshoe quad. Axehandle's bunk rooms and private bathrooms make it an excellent facility for youth camps and men's and women's retreats. An interior central lounge and balcony and exterior barnwood decks, lawns and courtyard give it ample space for group hospitality and gatherings.
Lodging Summary: Bunk rooms with private bathrooms for a total capacity of 272.
The Canyon View Lodge houses Canyon's Adult Guest Program in the summer months and hosts smaller groups throughout the year. With a capacity of 18 adults, a full residential kitchen, dining area, two spacious lounges and wood-burning fireplace, Canyon View is perfect for business retreats and small formal gatherings.
Lodging Summary: Nine double-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms, capacity 18
The Broken Arrow Hotel at Canyon is a square building with an open central courtyard, patio and water feature. The Hotel is Canyon's camper housing in the summer months and contains both bunk rooms and suites. The Hotel Lobby meeting room is included in the facility. With a capacity of over 300, the Hotel is Canyon's largest housing facility.
Lodging Summary: Bunk rooms and suites with private bathrooms, capacity 300
The Muddy Creek Lodge is Canyon's self-contained housing & gathering space, with a capacity of 190 and a mix of both suites and bunk rooms. Private bathrooms, comfortable lounges, a natural stone fireplace and two multipurpose conference rooms make this facility an all-in-one event space for medium-sized groups.
Lodging Summary: Bunk rooms and suites with private bathrooms, capacity 190
This historic building once served as a stagecoach stop! Built in the late 1800's (but fully remodeled since then!) the Ranch House is a perfect rustic getaway. In the summer months the Canyon medical teams are housed here. In the rest of the year, its suites, full kitchen, dining room, games room and lounges make for a great small-group facility or addition to a larger group rental.
Lodging Summary: Eight rooms with shared bathrooms, capacity 23
The Currant Creek Lodge, completed in spring 2021, is an exciting addition to Canyon camp! This premier lodge combines rustic-farmhouse theming with high class comfort and style. Facilities include a full kitchen, plenty of seating for meals or meetings, natural stone fireplace and inviting lounges.
Lodging Summary: Seven suites, 13 rooms total with a capacity of 34
Eureka is an optional interior space inside the Iron Kettle dining hall. The Iron Kettle's moveable walls allow Eureka to become a separate dining area or meeting space perfect for small groups, events, breakout sessions or movie nights!
Capacity: 500, 350 seated
Eureka can be set up with portable sound and projection. A front stage and small side-stage serves for announcements and a coffee bar completes this multipurpose space.
Seating can be arranged for meetings or meals and the room can be cleared for more active events. With the Iron Kettle kitchen just behind it, Eureka can also serve as a main dining hall.
Located on the east end of the Iron Kettle, Eureka looks out over the pond and sports fields. Take the event outdoors onto the lawn or enjoy an afternoon under the awnings; the rocking chairs are perfect for small-group gatherings.
This multipurpose lounge serves as welcome and hospitality center and leader meeting space in the summer and can accommodate group meetings, events, movie nights and more! Included in the Hotels facility, it provides a convenient location for gatherings, seminars and more.
Capacity: 150, 100 seated
The Lobby is wired for video projection and sound capabilities with a VGA hookup for personal computers. A sound system is available upon request. The lobby includes bathrooms and a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave oven and commercial coffee maker. Seating includes chairs, tables and couches. Take the meeting outside onto the Lobby's back deck and lawns, or enjoy the nearby outdoor benches under shady trees.
Let us serve you as you sit around the table with 7 of your friends. We’ll bring out all the food family style and let you enjoy a great meal. Don’t leave without dessert!!
The Iron Kettle dining hall/kitchen was the first building in Canyon we built from the ground up. We started big at 22,000 sq. ft! The Iron Kettle has a fun Western Town façade inside. The design was taken from old pictures of Antelope before much of the town burned in the 1920’s.
Capacity: 600 seated
The Iron Kettle can seat 600 when the full dining hall is in use. Moveable walls allow sections to be cordoned off for private use, creating three separate dining rooms with flexible capacity. The east end is the Eureka room. The central dining space contains a stage and full sound system, as well as coffee bars and easy kitchen access.
In addition to tables and chairs, highchairs are available for small children. The Iron Kettle kitchen prides itself in efficient food service for groups of any size and its ability to accommodate any dietary needs.
In addition to its many smaller lounges, The Muddy Creek Lodge contains two large conference rooms, the Current Creek Room and the Muddy Creek Room. These rooms are on the upper floor and conveniently located beside a kitchenette and games area. They are included in the Muddy Creek Lodge facility.
Muddy Creek Room
Capacity: 225, 175 seated
The Muddy Creek Room is a large meeting space with professional sound and video systems built in. It is a great space for meetings and receptions, or other events requiring sound and video capabilities.
Current Creek Room
Capacity: 75, 50 seated
The Current Creek Room is also wired for professional-quality video and sound and includes all necessary equipment. This slightly smaller conference room, just beside Muddy Creek, provides overflow space for larger events or breakout space for conferences and seminars.
The Round Up serves Washington Family Ranch as its central event space all summer long. Music, program, controlled chaos and a simple message about God’s love takes place in the club room each day during camp.
Capacity: 600 seated
This beautiful auditorium has stadium riser seating surrounding a large performance stage. The Round Up is fully equipped with professional stage lighting and stereo sound, video capabilities and projectors. A full equipment list is available upon request.
External-access restrooms and a shaded outdoor entry provide comfort for campers and guests and the building is fully climate-controlled.
A lighted, tiered outdoor amphitheater just in front of the entry creates space for open-air concerts and events.
A full espresso bar, ice cream selection, soft serve, smoothies, slushies, milkshakes, pretzels, nachos and more make the Sarsaparilla an essential stop for campers and guests. Come in for a world-famous "Big Muddy", smoothie, latte, ice cream, or other snack. The Sarsaparilla is open during free time and can help take care of those afternoon munchies. The "Sassy" is a great place to hang out, play a game with your friends, or try your hand at foosball or the pool table.
The interior lounge includes game tables, benches and interior-access bathrooms. The seating is perfect for small groups and meetings and can accommodate breakout sessions and gatherings when the Sassy is closed.
Outdoor seating and tables are available under shaded awnings; see all the action in camp or catch up with friends, or braid friendship bracelets from the bead cart just around the corner!
Enjoy a spin on the Canyon Cars (March-Oct.) or the stomach-dropping thrill of the Screamer (rider must be at least 54" tall).
Need to cool off? Head for the pool (May-Sept.), waterfront (May- Oct.) or our zip lines (March-Oct.)!
Our 88,000 square foot Sports Center offers basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, foosball, octaball, ping pong, billiards, climbing walls, a skate park (skateboards, scooters, blades and skates only) and a workout center.
Head outside to the sports fields for a game of sand volleyball, soccer, softball or a round of disc golf on our 18-hole course.
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.
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.
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 kids 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!
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