The Willamette Valley of Oregon offers many small towns where livability is emphasized yet wide open spaces are available for horse-related activities such as living, ranching, riding, competitions and general lifestyle. Dallas Oregon is one such community that you might want to consider.
Dallas is the county seat of Polk County with a 2010 population of 14,583. It is located just 12 miles from the state capital of Salem, 60 miles from the bustling metro area of Portland, less than an hour and a half to Pacific Ocean beaches and 3 ½ hours to skiing and other snow-oriented activities on Mt. Hood. Central Oregon and Bend are also three hours away where rock climbing at Smith Rock, fly fishing on the Metolius River and rafting await your exciting weekends.
Dallas is near to the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, home to Dusky Canada Geese which next mainly in the Willamette Valley. A variety of birds including Bald Eagles can be seen here as well as the largest remaining population of Fender’s blue butterfly, according the the city’s website.
An indoor aquatic center with a water slide as well as other amenities, is the place for family fun and the library, part of the regional library system, is a great resource for books, CDs and DVDs. Seven city parks offer plenty of recreational space and the social calendar of the city offers a variety of activities such as Pinot & Pooches Party, the Spirit Mountain Stampede in July, $5 Pepperoni Pizza Fridays and a summer sports program; something for everyone!
Western Oregon University is less than ten miles away in Monmouth where classes and degrees are offered to the community. If you are looking for a great community for family and fun, let me show you horse property in and around the Dallas Oregon area.