Family Road Trip: Black Butte Ranch

There is no smile more satisfying than one on the face of your own child. I am looking at two of these gorgeous smile specimens — huge toothy grins plastered on the visages of my daughters, each of whom rides astride her very own horse. The sun rising this Saturday morning in July is bright…

: Mike Houska

Black Butte Ranch

Black Butte Ranch nestles in the Deschutes National Forest under the gaze of Central Oregon’s tallest Cascade peaks.

This former cattle ranch turned resort community offers unparalleled access to an outdoor wonderland. Visitors come for everything from mountain biking and hiking to golf and skiing under sunny skies and on snowy mountains. Day-trippers delight in nearby small towns and catch expansive views from Dee Wright Observatory.

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Where are some places to stay near Bend that offer horseback riding?

Hello! Lucky you, there are some beautiful places near Bend to ride horses! Here are my top faves: Black Butte Ranch (large family friendly resort outside of Sisters with incredible views of the Cascade Range and Black Butte) Brasada Ranch  (upscale resort near Prineville with luxury touches and also incredible Cascade and high desert views)…

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