The Ultimate Summer Guide to Black Butte Ranch
There’s never a bad time to visit Black Butte Ranch—the 1,800-acre resort community is a gem all year long—but there’s something undeniably special about summer. Maybe it’s the sun-kissed Cascade peaks that tower over the ranch, all the outdoor activities at your doorstep, crisp nights around the fire pit at your vacation home, or curated activities for everyone in the family.
Whatever brings you to Central Oregon this summer, you’ll find plenty to love about your time at Black Butte Ranch, which is 40 minutes from Bend and just 15 minutes from Sisters. Even so, its wooded location offers a sense of tranquility that feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of Central Oregon.
So as you start planning your perfect vacation, here’s the ultimate summer guide to Black Butte Ranch.
Black Butte Ranch Vacation Rentals
Geared to Your Trip
Your home away from home should offer exactly the experience you want from a relaxing vacation.
So no matter what kind of stay you’re looking for—or the size of your crew—you’ll find the right lodging with Black Butte Ranch rental homes. Choose among 120 privately owned vacation homes, condos, and lodge rooms crafted and decorated to make your stay as memorable as possible.
Each home is customized with its own unique decor and amenities; options for groups of all sizes include budget-friendly lodge rooms, one-bedroom condos, and six-bedroom homes that can accommodate up to 12. Perks include state-of-the-art kitchens, plenty of natural light, loaner bikes to get around the resort, and more. Dogs are allowed in several homes at Black Butte Ranch, as well, so feel free to bring Fido.
Enjoy Some of the Most Scenic Golfing
in Central Oregon
You don’t have to go far for a world-class golf experience; depending on your home, it may be right outside your door.
Golf at Black Butte Ranch includes two championship golf courses, a creative putting course, and several offerings for the dedicated golfer—such as lessons, clinics, group discounts, annual events, and more.
The resort’s Glaze Meadow Golf Course is as iconic for what’s on the course as what surrounds it. Over the course of 18 exciting holes, the course challenges golfers with elevated greens, deep bunkers, well-groomed fairways, and rolling hillsides. Along the way, golfers can soak in views of nearby Cascade peaks (including Mount Washington and one of the Three Sisters) and, in autumn, colorful quaking aspen.
The lengthy Big Meadow Golf Course, meanwhile, spans more than 7,000 yards and surrounds its dramatic fairways and broad bunkers with forests of pine and aspen, as well as Three-Fingered Jack rising above it all.
Other highlights include the 12-hole Little Meadow Putting Course, stay-and-play packages, and annual events that range from tournaments to sidewalk sales.
Enjoy a Spa Day at Black Butte Ranch
You’re on vacation, and you deserve to relax—so rejuvenate and recharge with help from the Spa at Black Butte Ranch.
Some of the resort’s many spa services include six types of massage (as well as three options for couples massages), full body treatments, and facials; if you can’t decide, the spa’s packages bring together a few highlights. A few massage offerings are even available at the Lakeside pool. Whatever you choose, all spa services include the use of Black Butte Ranch’s hot tub and steam room.
Explore the Unique Landscapes at Your Doorstep
One of the more remarkable features about Black Butte Ranch is how seamlessly the resort community integrates with its natural surroundings—and the many ways it invites its guests to explore those ecosystems. And since sunny skies linger all summer long at Black Butte Ranch, there’s never a bad time to get outdoors.
Cyclists, for instance, can rent bicycles and trailers for exploring the nearly 20 miles of paved paths that crisscross Black Butte Ranch; rentals are available on an hourly, daily, three-day, or weekly basis, and delivery and pickup services are available. The resort even offers recommended bike rides around Black Butte Ranch and beyond, from on-site outings through meadows and wetlands to mountain bike excursions in the surrounding forests.
The quiet Phalarope Lake sits at the northern edge of Black Butte Ranch and affords some of the resort community’s best views of surrounding Cascade peaks. So if you’d like to unwind with a day on the water, a variety of rentals are available—including canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), and stand-up pedal boards that look similar to traditional SUPs, but which are pedal-powered.
If you’re looking to stretch your legs, the Lakeside Nature Trail parallels Phalarope Lake and offers epic wildlife-watching opportunities; keep an eye out for rainbow trout leaping out of the lake, osprey diving for dinner, or even otters frolicking about.
You can even saddle up for a quiet horseback ride with the on-site Black Butte Stables, which has been leading trail rides at Black Butte Ranch for more than two decades. Outings are geared toward beginners and veteran riders alike, head through the quiet forests and wildflower-covered meadows surrounding the ranch, and afford photo-worthy views of Broken Top, Mount Washington, and the Three Sisters rising above the tree line.
Find a Fun Activity for Everyone in Your Crew
Even if the outdoors aren’t your thing, Black Butte Ranch offers several vacations’ worth of on-site activities for everyone in your family or friend group. The Black Butte Ranch Activity Guide is updated monthly and offers ideas for making the most of every experience throughout your vacation.
Some of the many activities highlighted in the guide include a number of tennis and pickleball courts (the latter surrounded by a forest of ponderosa pine), six swimming pools (some of which boast scenic views), wellness opportunities (including pools, a hot tub, yoga classes, and a state-of-the-art fitness center), and even family-friendly stargazing opportunities through a telescope that’s 100 times as powerful as the human eye. And that’s to say nothing of the many day camps, workshops, classes, and other children’s activities at Black Butte Ranch.
Hungry? You’ll find plenty of great dining options at Black Butte Ranch. Grab breakfast, pastries, or lunch at the Lakeside Bistro—or make a dinner reservation at Robert’s Pub, which serves all your favorite Pacific Northwest-inspired pub dishes alongside locally brewed craft beer and regional wine.
More inspiring stories, adventures, and tips & tricks for planning and experiencing the best Central Oregon has to offer.
Curl Up and Get Warm – Central Oregon’s Cozy Romantic Getaways
With the weather making a quick turn toward winter, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about creative ways to get cozy with your significant other.
Girls’ Getaway in Bend: Retail & Spa Therapy Included
With fall right around the corner, it’s a good time to grab a few friends and escape for a girls’ getaway. On such trips, my girlfriends and I like to splurge a little with a day of shopping and spa treatments. And what better location to do so than downtown Bend?
Central Oregon Golf: Best Par 3s
Play a good golf course and chances are that when you’re back at the 19th hole, you’re talking about the Par 3s. The short one you made double on. The bear where you snaked in a 20-footer for your only birdie all month. They’re the “short” holes that can make or break a round. Some of the signature holes on the Central Oregon Golf Trail are Par 3s. Here’s a look at some of the best.
Hiking Black Butte – Central Oregon’s Iconic & Majestic Cinder Cone
From a distance, Black Butte looks like it doesn’t quite match the picturesque alpine mountains that surround it. The volcanic rock that emerges above the tree line gives the impression of a hill constructed with loose stones that was carelessly dropped in the middle of the woods. Unlike the Cascades that puncture the horizon to the west and north, Black Butte can be hiked and enjoyed in under four hours.
Casual Family Weekend in Sunriver
Imagine this: you’re riding your bike through a rolling meadow, the Cascade mountain range in the background, and the only sound is from the whir of a prop plane taking off against a crisp blue sky. Up ahead, your children pull carrots from their pockets and present them to a gathering of friendly horses in an adjacent pasture.
8 Pictures That Will Have You Rethinking Some Life Decisions (Central Oregon Food Edition)
Is this plate from 5 Fusion and Sushi Bar art or food? (It’s food. Definitely food.)
Winter Isn’t Only About Snow in Central Oregon
It’s true that when winter rolls around in Central Oregon, most people’s minds veer toward things to do in the snow. With Mt. Bachelor, Hoodoo, sno-parks and more, there’s plenty of options for folks to get out and play.
Scenic Bikeways Showcase Central Oregon’s Backroad Beauty
Oregon’s official scenic bikeways are the first of their kind in the U.S – and Central Oregon is home to 6 of the state’s 11 most beautiful bike routes. An absolute summer must for road cyclists are riding the best of the best – our scenic bikeways. Every rider can find a ride to suit their style and mood, from family-friendly to adventurous.
Panacea at the Canyon: Central Oregon’s Luxury, Off-the-Grid Retreat
Central Oregon has no shortages of places to unwind. From the banks of a high-alpine lake to a trail alongside the Deschutes River, you don’t have to go very far from your hotel room to find an escape from the real world.
Bend Concert Season Heats up at Hayden Homes Amphitheater
Central Oregon’s iconic music venue, the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, is bigger and better than ever before after undergoing a major renovation.