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Sunrise Valley Ranch in Oregon

Sunrise Valley Ranch is an 11,000 acre working cattle ranch located approximately 40 miles by air, or 85 miles by road, due east of Bend, Oregon.  Nestled in a small valley surrounded by the Ochoco Mountains, the ranch is owned by Larry and Susan Fildes. Three generations of their extended family live on the ranch and work alongside Larry and Susan.

RAF Trail Stop #9

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

It is clearly, or should I say not clearly, that time of year when fires tend to be a factor out west. This weekend I had planned to be a part of the annual Husky Flyin at the Root Ranch in the Central Idaho Wilderness. This annual event is hosted by RAF supporter and friend Dr. Paul Collins of Boise, Idaho.

Important notice due to EXTREME fire danger in the west.

Ryan Field Temporarily Closed

Due to extreme fire danger in and around Ryan Field 2MT1 the RAF has made the decision to temporarily close Ryan Field to any and all activity.  We will keep you informed when we will be able to reopen the airstrip.  In the meantime, thank you for understanding and complying with this closure.

Featured Airstrip

“The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves, maintains, and creates airstrips for recreational access.”

Sunrise Valley Ranch

Sunrise Valley Ranch, an 11,000 acre working cattle ranch east of Prineville, OR hosts a new backcountry airstrip, developed with RAF assistance. The 2,100 ft x 60 ft dirt airstrip sits in a small valley at 4,400 ft elevation, surrounded on three sides by 6,400 ft mountains. The airstrip can be challenging on hot, windy days.  Review of the safety briefing, and due consideration of pilot and aircraft capabilities, is essential before use.

RAF Calendar - August

Ben Ryan Heads West

Ben William Ryan passed away peacefully July 26 at the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls with his loving wife Agnes, “Butchie” and friends at his side.

Ben began life March 21, 1923 in Belleflower, CA, the son of Ben and Mary Ryan. Ben had an older sister, T. Antoinette. 

His family moved to Three Forks, Montana, in 1931.

2017 Summer Newsletter