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The Running Y Ranch

5500 Running Y Road

Klamath Falls, Oregon  97601

Retirees Find Serenity Amid Breathtaking Scenery in South Central Oregon



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The Running Y Ranch is a non age-restricted resort located along Upper Klamath Lake just southeast of Crater Lake National Park in south central Oregon, not far from the California border.  Surrounded by wildlife refuges and snuggled in the shadow of the Cascade Range, Running Y provides retirees a spectacular setting amid thick forests, colorful mountain meadows and expansive lake views.  This is a master-planned community that expands across 3,600 hilly, woodland acres.  Home sites and re-sale homes are currently for sale.


The Running Y Ranch is home to Oregon's only Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, and this attracts year-round vacationers.   This is a public course that meanders through restored wetlands and lush meadows with mountains looming in the distance.  Running Y residents have the option of pre-paid green fee rates or regular rates.

This is not a retirement community per se, but it attracts a more mature demographic.  While there is no traditional community clubhouse, there is a thoroughly (upscale) Western lodge complete with flagstone floors and timbered ceilings.  Here residents and guests enjoy the Sandhill Spa and the Sports and Fitness Center (with tennis courts, a basketball court, a 22-meter indoor pool, a volleyball court, weights, a hot tub, etc.), a restaurant and lounge.  

Activities at the lodge include guided ATV rides, horseback rides, canoe trips, rafting adventures, fishing tours; residents may also stroll along miles of walking trails.   Birdwatching is a popular activity thanks to the bounty of protected land around The Running Y.  This area attracts wild birds and is home to the largest gathering of wintering bald eagles in the continental U.S.

The Running Y also sponsors a number of fun annual festivals, including the Running Y 5K Fun Run and Walk, the Owner Appreciation Weekend (music, food and chili cookoff), the Fall Art Festival (regional artists, music and wine tastings) and the Taste of Oregon's Best Chef's Competition.  And the renowned annual Shakespeare Festival in nearby Ashland should not be missed.  Visit www.runningy.com for more information.

Klamath Falls, the nearest town to Running Y, occasionally tops lists of the best places to live in the U.S.    It is a pretty destination known for its outdoor recreation, but it is also home to several museums, including the Favell Musem which has 60,000 mounted arrowheads, the Klamath County Library, numerous restaurants and shopping outlets.  Generally, though, this is a fairly rural region; big city amenities are not close at hand (Medford, population 65,000, is 75 miles west).

The climate at The Running Y is on the cool side but is comfortable.  Winter temperatures average in the 20s and 30s, and summer temperatures average in the high 70s and mid 80s.  The area receives some snow (32 inches per year on average) but is not buried in it.   The sun shines 300 days a year!

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