horseback rides at the stables
Horses at Black Butte Ranch in Sisters Country, Oregon
About Black Butte Stables and Trail Rides at Black Butte Ranch
Professional wranglers from Black Butte Stables have been leading trail rides during the summer at the Ranch for over 18 years. Before each trail ride, wranglers teach a short lesson on the nuances of horsemanship and then guide you through high meadows and old growth wooded trails adjacent to the Ranch. Horseback rides through forested trails go out several times a day during the summer.
The Black Butte Stables is located at the front of the Ranch, just south east of the entrance at 13892 Bishop's Cap, behind the General Store.
Dress the part—long pants and sturdy boots or shoes should be worn and riding helmets are provided. All riders must be at least 7 years of age. Age and weight restrictions apply-please ask for more details.
For details and schedule, see Black Butte Stables or call 541.595.2061 for reservations, up to one week in advance.
Featured Trail Rides
Little Loop Ride
2 mile ride (30+minutes) This is an instruction horseback trail ride, geared for beginners, young riders and those who need a refresher course. The horse ride provides basic horsemanship lessons through the shady Aspen groves and Pondeosa pines.
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.
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.
Parent Powered Lil Buckaroo Corral Rides
Run daily. Call in the morning to check availability. $15 per ride — cash only
*Parent powered Little Buckaroo Rides are available daily during the summer, except on Wrangler Day Camp days, generally Friday and Saturday. Parents (or guardians over 18) lead kids ages 3 and up 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!
Black Butte Posse All Day Adventure
This one day ride takes place in the Deschutes National Forest ($160) or Three Sisters Wilderness ($195). This cusomized ride is build to the expectations and capabilities of the participants. Perfect for a family reunion or team building activity.
In the News
|/3/2010 2:28:00 PM Nugget News
New Owners Take Reins at Black Butte Stables
By Katy Yoder
For the past 22 years, Black Butte Ranch has offered some of the best professionally led trail rides in Central Oregon. For most of those years, David Herman handled the rental string and all that went with it. In that time he was able to secure riding permits for the surrounding Forest Service land making the riding options both vast and breathtaking.
Black Butte Stables History — Horses at Black Butte Ranch resort in Sisters Country OregonStables Continues Ranch Tradition
A family’s love of both Black Butte Ranch and horses has been instrumental in maintaining a top quality riding facility at the Ranch. Alfred B. “Barkey” Herman, Black Butte Ranch property owner since 1971 and past chairman of the Black Butte Ranch Association board was an accomplished horseman in his youth and was an active horseman throughout his life. Barkey believed that any ranch worth its name should have horses, so when the previous concessionaire pulled out, leaving the stables facility vacant and Black Butte Ranch without horses and horseback riding for a season, Barkey founded Black Butte (Ranch) Stables in 1988. Barkey’s son David took over the reins at the stables after his father’s untimely death in 1993.
Each spring the herd of colorful and friendly horses are trucked to Black Butte Ranch from their winter pasture. Most of the horses work at the stables during the day but all of them are turned out in the Big Meadow and or Glaze Meadow in the late afternoon to graze. Not only is the sixty head wrangle in and wrangle out a spectacle that is much anticipated and photographed, watching free horses interact from the Big Meadow bike path and nature trail is also a favorite evening activity of homeowners as well as guests.
Over one hundred thousand guests have been hosted at Black Butte Stables over the last twenty years of operation at Black Butte Ranch. In addition to being one of the few recreational riding facilities open to the public, the excellent quality of the horses, the friendly knowledgeable trail guides, a program focused on safe horsemanship, learning and fun, has earned Black Butte Stables recognition from Western Horseman Magazine, local newspapers, horse magazines as well as patronage from the many guests who travel from all points to return each season.
In addition to half hour beginner rides, hour rides, two—hour rides, and half—day rides, Black Butte Stables is the exclusive US Forest Service trail guide permittee for the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Washington Wilderness Areas. Wilderness experiences can be a spectacular day ride to a week in the back country. Lessons are available by reservation.
Black Butte Stables are open mid May throughout the summer. Rides fill up early, so book your reservation today!