Explore Black Butte Ranch By Horseback

There is no better way to explore the Black Butte Ranch than by taking a guided tour on horseback. Guests 7 years of age and older can enjoy these classic trail rides through the forested trails of Central Oregon.

Professional wranglers from Black Butte Stables have been leading trail rides through Black Butte Ranch for over 18 years. Year-round, they offer short (1-2 hours), half-day, and full-day rides, and can create customized adventure rides perfect for family or group/team activities. In addition, Black Butte Stables is the exclusive US Forest Service trail guide permit holder for the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Washington Wilderness Areas.

Black Butte Stables is located just inside the entrance to the Ranch, behind the General Store. The Stables are open year-round, (including holidays) with reservations. Call 855-254-8038 up to one week in advance.

Beginner Trail Rides

Parent Powered Lil Buckaroo Corral Rides

Daily in the summer. Call in the morning to check availability. $20 per ride. Parent powered Little Buckaroo Rides are available daily during the summer (8am-11am only). Parents (or guardians over 18) lead kids ages 3-6 on experienced horses in the arena. These horses have been fitted with pony saddles just for the kids. Both the parent and buckaroo should wear sturdy boots or shoes. Be sure to bring a camera!

Big Loop Ride

3.3 mile ride (60 minutes). This ride has a nice, comfortable pace. Those who are able to maintain their seat may have a chance for trotting. Everyone in the group must also have that ability. Our trail meanders through Indian Ford Creek along a beaver pond with Aspens and Ponderosas. $50.

Intermediate Trail Rides

Gobblers Knob

5.5 mile ride (1.5 hours). Enjoy spectacular views from across Glaze Meadow of Broken Top, Three Sisters and Mt. Washington, as you enjoy this scenic 5+ mile ride through old growth pine forests, Aspen groves and meadows. $60.

Hole in the Wall Gang

7 mile ride (approx. 2 hours). An exciting and challenging ride. Trot along a trail lined with manzanita and a variety of wild flowers. This ride crosses Indian Ford Creek and travels around Glaze Meadow with big mountain views. Trotting experience is required for this ride. $70.

Advanced Trail Rides

Reata Trail 

Half day, backcountry experience w/lunch (two rider minimum).  This is a ride for advanced riders, in good condition, who are comfortable keeping their seat in a saddle over long distances. This ride offers an outstanding view of the Cascades from horseback. Several routes can be taken, each with unique points of interest. Please ask the head wrangler about options. $145 includes full lunch.

Black Butte Posse All Day Adventure

This one-day ride takes place in the Deschutes National Forest or Three Sisters Wilderness. This ride is customized to the expectations and capabilities of the participants. Perfect for a family reunion or group team building activity.  This is the "hard charger" ride for the fit outdoor enthusiast.  Adjacent to Black Butte Ranch: $175. Three Sisters Wilderness: $225.

Wilderness rides, photo safari and other customized trips are available at BlackButteStables.com.

*Please wear long pants and sturdy boots or shoes. Riding helmets are provided. All riders must be at least 7 years of age. Weight restrictions also apply-please ask for more details.

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