Adventures at Black Butte Ranch

Taryn's Wreckreation Guide

July 18, 2018

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I've always said that if I didn't live in Washington, I'd live in Oregon and after visiting Black Butte Ranch over the weekend, I feel that way even more!


Black Butte Ranch is an 1,800 acre resort community just outside Sisters and not far from Bend. I went to visit my friend Jen and her family for a few days, and fell completely in love with the place. 

Horses in the meadow at Black Butte Ranch, ready for a season of trail rides. #BlackBeauty #ThereisaPlace

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A 5 1/2 hour drive from Seattle, I had to make a pit stop in Salem to check out a brewery. I stumbled up on Santiam Brewing and opted for their Eco IPA, which was fantastic and resulted in a growler to go!


From Salem, the Highway 20 drive included gorgeous rivers, stunning lakes, rocky mountains and winding roads. I arrived at Black Butte Ranch and was blown away by the beauty Deschutes National Forest! The resort homes are tucked between Ponderosa pines and Aspen trees that let in the most incredible light, making for unforgettable sunsets.


While we were at Black Butte Ranch, we played a ton of pickle ball, a recreational activity of which Jen's family is quite skilled! I learned some sweet moves and totally got my butt kicked... 

Of course pool time was necessary, and the resort has FIVE of them! 

Poolside w/ @trixiestick at @blackbutteranch and relaxing to the max --

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We also did some stand-up paddle boarding on Phalarope Lake, watching trout swimming below and gazing at the Three Sisters.

Went paddle boarding in the shadow of the Three Sisters! What's your favorite place in Oregon? - @tarynkisw

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Throughout the resort, there are paved bike paths, which is the preferred method of transportation for vacationers. We did an amazing sunset ride through the meadow with views of Three Fingered Jack and Mt. Washington.


I cannot recommend this place enough! Some of Jen's inlaws and family friends have been coming here since the late 70s, and it's truly magical. I hope to go back next summer, because there is SO much more to explore and do, like horseback riding, kayaking, golfing, the spa... plus skiing in the winter! Another trip is definitely in order. You should plan one, too!


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly