Vacation Rentals at Black Butte Ranch in Central Oregon.
Enjoy the great outdoors surrounding Black Butte Ranch and Sisters from our selection of quality homes and cabins available to rent, for your vacation at one of Oregon's premier destination resorts. Vacation amenities on site include restaurants and cafe's, golf, tennis, swimming pools, paved biking and walking paths, play areas, open space and more with activities or solitude for all ages.
Close to Sisters and Bend for shopping, dining and exploring. Easy access to the Cascade mountains with lakes, streams, hiking and world class wilderness preserves.
Three Dining Options
Two Championship Golf Courses & Pro Shop
Full Service Spa
Five Swimming Pools
Full Fitness Center
National Forest Access
Fly Fishing Ponds
Bike, Ski, Boat Rentals
About Black Butte Vacations
A million and a half years ago, Black Butte broke through the earth's crust and rose skyward. Like many volcanic mountains, it had a series of tubes and passages running throughout it, formed by rushing lava. Over time, melting winter ice seeped into those tubes, and eventually this water found its way to the surface as a series of rushing springs. Today, these same rushing springs surface at Black Butte Ranch, a family vacation paradise in the shadow of Black Butte.
In the mid 1930s, Stewart S. Lowery, a wealthy San Franciscan, bought the property around Black Butte, naming it after the mountain. The property changed hands several times in the 20th century until, in 1970, Brooks Resources became the developer of the current central Oregon residential resort. Brooks Resources would set up a homeowner association with a very clear development philosophy: to create a community of residential and summer homes with limited commercial activity.
Today, Black Butte Ranch is owned and managed by a homeowner's association, a unique arrangement for such a large residential resort. The Ranch consists of 1251 home sites, with about 20 lots currently undeveloped. The property is divided into sections, including Golf Home in the northwest, East Meadow in the northeast, Spring Home, South Meadow, and Rock Ridge in the center and Glaze Meadow in the south. There are also three sets of condominiums and various cluster-cabins on the property.
On Black Butte Ranch, amenities abound. There are 33 miles of private roadways, 18 miles of bike paths, two 18-hole championship golf courses, 19 tennis courts, five swimming pools, three restaurants, several shops, and a general store. The two golf courses, Big Meadow and Glaze Meadow, are among the top in the Northwest, having received Silver Medal status on Golf Magazine's US Golf Resort lists in the 1990s.
Recent improvements at the Ranch include a new lodge pool – 80 percent larger than the existing pool – and outdoor hot tub. The new pool was part of a major lodge area redevelopment project, adding a new bistro and retail area with outdoor dining and poolside service, locker rooms, a fitness facility, recreation center and playground. Parking and landscaping also received a major upgrade.
For a unique vacation experience that offers something for everyone, book your Black Butte Vacation today!
Camp Sherman & The Metolius River
The Camp Sherman Store at the heart of Camp Sherman, Oregon
Camp Sherman should be on your list of places to visit and explore on your trip to the Sisters/Black Butte area. It is a small forest community of a couple hundred residents located deep in the Deschutes National Forest. The beautiful spring fed Metolius River, runs down the center of the Metolius Basin and is the central attraction. The Metolius arrises from the ground at the Head of the Metolius (look for the established access area and parking lot off of Metolius River Road). Here you can follow a short paved path down to the headwaters where the river officially begins and a gorgeous view of Mount Jefferson awaits you. Access is provided via private easement, so please be respectful and remain on the path. Pets must always be on leash. Look out for the curious and food-motivated chipmunks who might harass you along the way.
The Metolius features the second highest water quality of any river in the state, second only to a small feeder creek located in the Blue Mountains of north east Oregon. It is considered to be “above drinking water quality” along its entire stretch down to Lake Billy Chinook. We don’t however, encourage you to drink from the river because you never know what contamination might be lurking up the last upstream bend! The quality of the water is quite remarkable, given the many homes and cabins along the river. This is due in large part to the strict rules regarding septic tank inspections, but more so because of the areas geology. The river is sealed off by bedrock along its banks. Camp Sherman is very much a natural setting, but humans have been living alongside nature here since the turn of the last century.
Camp Sherman got its name from some of the first white settlers that began visiting the area and built rustic camps and cabins. They travelled here from Sherman County, Oregon to escape the summer heat and to take a break from the back braking work on their hayfields. Most of these original structures are still standing today. There is even an annual cabins tour that you can participate in, put on by the local historical society. Native Americans, however, had been living, hunting and fishing here for tens of thousands of year prior to white settlement. There are relics and evidence of community sites along the river banks. Sometimes arrowheads and even fishing spear tips are found.
The origins of the name “Metolius” are still disputed, but some think that it means “stinking river” in the native tongue. This was from the thousands of chinook and sockeye salmon that used to migrate, spawn and die up river. It is difficult to image today what a large salmon run must have looked up here, but the last recorded migration occurred in the early 1950s before the building of the Bonneville dam on the Columbia River. Even to this day, fisherman recall fishing for these sea-run monsters in their childhoods. The termination of this fishery caused heartbreak and outrage among angers and nature lovers alike. Today, there are efforts to bring back self-sustaining runs of salmon to the Metolius and the upper Deschutes River Basin.
The Metolius is a remarkable and resilient ecosystem. The loss of ocean-derived nutrients from the dead salmon are sorely missed by the local flora and fauna (humans included!) but nature has a way of adapting. The river is one of only a few in the state where no hatchery trout are released so that wild fish populations can thrive. If you are a fly fisherman, you have probably heard of the Metolius River before and it might even be on your life list of places to visit. The Metolius is a true “testing ground” for the angler. It does not give up its fish easily. If you are lucky enough to catch a fish here, please be very careful and keep your fish wet, don’t drag it into the bank and always pinch your barbs. People practice catch and release, fly fishing only here (by regulation) to help ensure that the population remains healthy and viable. This is a true shared resource by all of us.