Black Butte Ranch has amenities meant to entertain and delight. With the appeal of a destination resort in close proximity to many of Central Oregon’s favorite attractions, Black Butte Ranch will make your Central Oregon vacation one to remember. The charming 1880s themed western town of Sisters, Oregon is located just seven miles east of the Ranch, offering shopping, dining, arts & culture and Sisters Country events. With the 1.6 million acre Deschutes National Forest serving as our backyard, there’s no shortage of exploring adventure either. From hiking, mountain biking and fishing to skiing, rock climbing and whitewater rafting, it’s all within reach.
Top 10 Things to See, Do and Experience in Sisters Country
1. Sisters Country Event
Take in a Sisters Country Event, including the Sisters Rodeo (June), world-renowned Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (July) and Sisters Folk Festival (September).
Shop Downtown Sisters, where you’ll find unique shops and gift items—from Western boots and outdoor gear to original art and custom jewelry. Shopping in Sisters is more than just retail therapy—it’s a cultural experience.
3. Go Cycling, On and Off the Road
Road cyclists will find a wide range of routes that challenge their stamina while offering spectacular mountain vistas. For the fat tire fan, Sisters presents a great network of trails, including the Peterson Ridge Loop, a mountain biker’s paradise on the south edge of town.
4. Take a Hike
Sisters Country has endless opportunities for hikers. Explore wildflower-covered meadows or soak in magnificent alpine vistas, savor a leisurely afternoon stroll or go for an adventurous climb up Black Butte.
5. Cast Your Fly Line
Fly fishers from around the world are drawn to this area to test their skills. The Metolius River offers challenging fly fishing in one of the nation’s most coveted settings.
6. Hit the Slopes
Carve your turns on skis or snowboards in the best snow in the Northwest. Located just 13 miles west of Black Butte Ranch, Hoodoo Ski Area offers a great family experience. Venture farther afield to the slopes of mighty Mt. Bachelor.
7. Visit the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery
Take a trip to Camp Sherman and visit Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. You’ll learn about the critical habitat of the Metolius River and the life cycle of fish. The hatchery lies alongside the roaring Metolius River and hiking trails along its banks lead you to striking Oregon scenery.
8. Visit Dee Wright Observatory
Standing atop the windswept McKenzie Pass at 5,187 feet, the Dee Wright Observatory looks like the lonely lair of a robber baron. The view from the observatory is nothing short of spectacular, offering a panorama of the Cascades.
9. Snowshoe through the Back-Country
Snowshoeing is an excellent way to discover the quiet of snow-blanketed forests of Sisters Country. Upper Three Creeks Sno Park and Ray Benson Sno Park, near Hoodoo, are usually great bets for your snowshoe excursion.
10. Enjoy the thrill of Whitewater Rafting
Whitewater rafting trips make outstanding family adventures. The McKenzie River is widely regarded as the finest river-running experience in the region. With a steady plunge down the mountains, the river creates continual excitement for rafters. The Deschutes River has also long been a popular destination, offering adventures suitable for a family outing and thrilling trips with exciting rapids.
Learn more about the abundant recreation, activities and events in the Sisters area by visiting the Sisters Country website.
Check the Sisters Oregon Guide—view their calendar here.
The Sisters Chamber—view their listing here for even more fun!