Looking for a Place to Host Your Next Homeschool Field Trip?

Peniel Ranch Provides a Location for Homeschool Field Trips in Washington State.

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Group Retreat Rental on Columbia River
On the ranch, almost every photo comes out more breathtakingly beautiful, even if photography isn’t “your thing.”

"One price for all the fun and food we could hope for! The staff was friendly and helpful, and the food was delicious! If you were hungry later (we never were) they keep the lodge open so you can make a PB&J or get some juice or other drinks, which is nice."

Logan C.

Why should you consider hosting your next homeschool field at this pristine and serene getaway? First, consider all the excellent learning opportunities nearby. Here are our favorite five homeschool field trips:


1. Dry Falls (1 hour and 30 minutes away)

Dry Falls Homeschool Field Trip

Found in the heart of Washington State, Dry Falls is one of the most fascinating natural landscapes of North America. Dry Falls was once the largest waterfall known on earth. In fact, it’s estimated width was five times of Niagara Falls, and ten times the flow of all rivers in the world combined.


During the Ice Age, ice sheets dammed many rivers. Eventually, water in Lake Missoula rose high enough to float the ice dam, causing a flood in the Grand Coulee. Once the river returned to its normal course, it left the falls in this region dry.


Related: Interested in learning about the geology and history of Dry Falls? Then click here to check out our Geology Camp. Renowned geologist and author Patrick Nurre will be teaching two family camps on how to use the Bible to understand the world around us.


2. Right Here on The Ranch (0 minutes away)


Our director has over 20 years of experience working with kids at camp. As such, Dennis has an excellent wealth of wisdom to share with young and old alike.


  • Would you like your kids to learn how to survive in the wilderness? Dennis knows basic and advanced survival techniques, including how to build a fire with ice!
  • Do you want your kids to learn the anatomy of a fish? Dennis can put on a live demonstration using a fresh fish caught from the Columbia River.
  • Are you looking to teach your kids about Washington flora and fauna? Dennis would be delighted to teach the next generation about the plants and wildlife of Washington!


3. Grand Coulee Dam (1 hour and 30 minutes away)

Grand Coulee Homeschool Field Trip

Did you know the Grand Coulee Dam produce 21 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year? That's enough power to supply 2.3 million households with electricity for an entire year!


There are a lot of phenomenal learning opportunities at the biggest hydroelectric dam in the United States.


4. Chief Joseph Dam (40 minutes away)


Chief Joseph Dam is “only” the third largest hydroelectric dam in the United States. But did you know it is the largest hydropower producing dam operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers?


There is a lot of fascinating history to this important landmark. It’s also a wonderful place to go hiking, boating, hunting, fishing, swimming, and camping.


5. Bodie Ghost Town (2 hours 30 minutes away)

Bodie Washington Ghost Town Homeschool Field Trip

In 1886, prospectors Tommy Ryan and Phil Creasor discovered a mineralized ledge in North Okanogan County. They claimed the area as Eureka Gulch. Two years later, ore was extracted and processed in a nearby city: Bodie. Life went well until the gold prices fell and closed the town's mine in 1934. An estimated $1.2 million in gold was recovered, and it's said that Bodie Creek still "runs color."


Filled with slanting buildings, rusty equipment, and mysterious log cabins, you'll find Bodie filled with educational gold.

Book Your Next Homeschool Field Trip by Calling 509-557-3734

What else can you expect at your time at Peniel Ranch?


We’re not your ordinary dingy campground facility. In fact, when we rented our facilities on Expedia, they rated us on-par with a 3-star hotel:

Peniel Ranch 3-star review from Expedia
Columbia River Ranch was the former name of our vacation rental business. Different name, same professional service.

Yet even with the high quality service, we're also affordable. In fact, we're often half the cost of a Motel 6, even after your food costs.

Our campground is the perfect place to disconnect from technology and reconnect with what, and more importantly who, matter most to you. Many of our guests ditch their electronics to experience the freedom from man-made noise. With over 350 acres to explore (that’s 265 football fields for you city-folks) and over 20 outdoor activities to chose from, there’s plenty to do for you and the crew.


And we strive to look after your needs as if you were our family. Our goal is to consistently go the extra mile to make you feel right at home.

Forgot something at home, like a towel, Bible, or soap? It happens all the time out on the ranch. Let us know and we’d be happy to accommodate you.


On a strict diet? We’ve catered for peanut, lactose, egg, soy, and fish allergies. And we’d be happy to work with you 1-on-1 for special dietary restrictions you may have, like vegetarian, gluten-free, and pescetarian. In fact, we’ll even cater to dessert-atarians, if you can get your mother’s approval.

And if you prefer to do your own cooking to save a little money, we've got a grand commercial kitchen available.

Does someone in your group have a disability, special needs, or additional assistance? We have a selection of services available to make them feel right at home, including wheelchair accessible rooms.

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Peniel Ranch Activities

Peniel Ranch Activities
For honor and glory!
"We had a blast with archery, hatchet and knife throwing, all with private lessons by the owner."

Traveler from Issaquah, WA

A big group of people has a wide range of tastes, talents, and abilities. Thus it can be challenging to find the perfect place for everyone to relax and spend time together… that doesn't also cost an arm-and-a-leg.


Here at the ranch, we have a variety of activities. All equipment and training comes free with your group’s stay.


  • Knife, Javelin, Hatchet, and Tomahawk Throwing Range**
  • Shooting Range (archery/gun)**
  • Volleyball Court
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Gaga Pit
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Billiards/Pool Table
  • Box Hockey
  • Foosball
  • Mountain Biking
  • Animal Petting (goats, donkeys, dogs, and horses)
  • Frisbee Golf Course (9 holes)
  • Giant Chess and Checkers Board
  • S'mores Fire Pit
  • Kids Playground

** For these activities, our staff will gladly provide free private lessons to make sure you have a fun and stay safe.

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Peniel Ranch Dining

Peniel Ranch food
A typical meal at the ranch. You hungry to come?
"The meals were exceptional along with the staff that prepared them. I am on a strict diet and the cooks made every effort to serve food that was on my plan. They also cook from scratch and everything tasted homemade! Hot beverages were available all day and snacks put out in the evening."

Robert K. from Portland, OR


What’s not to love about freshly cooked meals made with whole ingredients? We cook every meal from scratch to compliment your diet. So if you have any food allergy or special dietary restriction, we’d be happy to work 1-on-1 with you. This is home-cooking at its finest.


If you arrive well-traveled and will miss one of our mouth-watering meals, give us a call and we’ll prepare a hot plate of food for you. There is also a bountiful selection of hot teas and coffee available free to compliment your morning routine or evening ritual.


And if you prefer to save a little money and cook the meals yourself, we have a grand commercial kitchen available for your use.

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Peniel Ranch Room Accommodations & Amenities

Peniel Ranch Room Accommodations
We had a blast at the Peniel Ranch. The rooms were cozy and very clean. The bonfire that they had with marshmallows was awesome. I’m looking forward to the summer to book a room again.

Stan T.

You’ve had a full day at the ranch.


Paddle boarding down the pristine Columbia River. An informative and scenic hike across the rolling hills. Biking in a beautiful terrain near wild horses and jagged rocks, along a panorama of stunning colors. Knife and tomahawk throwing, archery, cherry picking, hammocks, and life-sized chess pieces. A wonderful array of fresh food made with whole ingredients. It's the vacationers dream get-a-way...


What's a better way to end the day than to relax in our 3-star vintage cabins? You can expect comfortable, clean, artistic, and modest digs before you hit the hay.


Our Ranch Suites come with either a king or queen-sized bed. You will have your own private bath, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot. Need more room for you and the family? Our Family Suites include one to two bunk beds to comfortably accommodate 5-to-6 people per room.


A picture of a family suite. This isn’t your typical, everyday campground cabin!

Next comes our Log Bunkhouse. Each room has three twin-sized beds and one full bed that sleeps 4-to-5 people in each room. The Log Bunkhouse has an outdoor porch access to shared restrooms and showers.

And if you have a big family (or want to get comfortable with your co-workers), our Stucco Bunkhouse sleeps 6-to-8 people per room. Each room has an indoor hallway to shared restrooms and showers.

We also have RV hookups and plenty of space for your tent, if you prefer to save a little extra money.

Book Your Next Homeschool Field Trip by Calling 509-557-3734

Peniel Ranch Pricing

Peniel Ranch Dining Hall
Some say our dining quarters is as big as a gym, and smells better too. Also, the view is breath-taking... 😍😍😍

Want to experience a taste of heaven with those near and dear to your heart?


Costs start at $35/person per day without meals and includes all ranch activities. Yup, you can get a quality and affordable place to stay less than the senior rate at Motel 6.


For larger groups of 25 to 75, we recommend renting our beautiful cabins or suites. Costs start at $31/person a day without meals and includes all ranch activities. And if you have 75 or more folks...


Renting the entire ranch is $2,500/day without meals in peak season (June to September). Or save $500/day without meals in the off-season (October to May). We can also rent our facility by the hour if you’d like to reserve it for your next video or photo shoot.


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