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Horseback Riding

Grab your boots and head to the Black Butte Stables for a great horseback ride! Professional wranglers from Black Butte Stables have been leading year-round trail rides during the summer at the Ranch for over 18 years. Join the guides and gentle, trail wise horses for a classic trail ride and explore the forested trails of Central Oregon. Guided rides are available for guests 7 years of age and older. All experience levels are welcome. The stables also offers a customized, full day adventure ride—perfect for a family or group team building activity. Black Butte Stables is located just inside the entrance to the Ranch, behind the General Store.

The BBR Stables are open year-round!  Call 541-595-2061 or 855-254-8038 for reservations.


*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.

For more details and information, visit the Black Butte Stables.

Featured 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! $20

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. $55


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. $65

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. $75


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. $165 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

Learn more about the Owners of Black Butte Stables

The History of Black Butte Stables—a 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 hour—long to 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 year-round. Rides fill up early, so book your reservation today!