Vacation is meant for horsing around, and we do mean that literally. Here in Sisters, Oregon, our affection for all things Old West includes the traditional method of cowboy conveyance: horseback riding. And if you’re visiting in the area, it only makes sense to spend some time in the saddle.
Don’t worry if you don’t know the ropes - from guided trail rides to private lessons, we’re here to get you ready to handle the reins. Read on to learn more about the “mane” attractions that will have you horsing around in Sisters in no time.
Black Butte Stables
Just seven miles west of Sisters, Black Butte Stables offers a horseback experience that’s more than just a trot in the park. Set against the backdrop of the stunning Cascade Mountains, six guided trail rides range from short and sweet ambles for beginners to half-day excursions for those looking to really hoof it. Each ride is led by a professional wrangler, and they’re available year-round for guests 7 and older. And for those with tiny buckaroos, they even offer pony rides! You might say they’re the “neigh-borhood” experts when it comes to horsing around in Sisters. Book one of our Black Butte Ranch properties to be a stone’s throw away from the stables.
Smith Rock Trail Rides
If awe-inspiring rock formations and panoramic views are what you're after, you can bet your boots that Smith Rock Trail Rides is the place to be. Set amidst the iconic and rugged beauty of Smith Rock State Park, these trail rides promise a unique journey through one of Oregon's 7 natural wonders. The 2-hour daily ride winds along the Crooked River Canyon, offering extreme views at a gentle, relaxed pace that’s fun for all ages.
If you’re traveling with your own trusty steed, Graham Corral and Sisters Cow Horse Camp, both located in the Deschutes National Forest, have public boarding available on a first-come, first-serve basis. These charming campgrounds offer easy access to a wealth of ideal riding trails with gentle terrain and breathtaking views. (Plus, it’s free!)
If you and your horse prefer to ride solo, saddle up and explore the local trails at your leisure. From mountain paths that wind through fields of wildflowers to peaceful trails lined with lush ponderosa pines, you can enjoy our breathtaking scenery from a whole new angle. Check out some of our favorite horse-friendly trails:
Deschutes River Trail. This tranquil trail takes riders along the serene bends of the Deschutes River. Its gentle paths and breathtaking riverside views make it a favorite for both novice and seasoned riders seeking a peaceful escape.
Newberry National Volcanic Monument. You can explore the lakes, lava flows, and geological wonders around Newberry Caldera with your four-legged friend.
Peterson Ridge Horse Trail. A true gem for horse enthusiasts, this out-and-back trail boasts a diverse terrain with both wooded sections and open vistas. With well-maintained paths and a variety of loop options, it's a prime spot for riders of all levels.
Stay with Sisters Vacation Rentals
At the end of a long day's ride, Sisters Vacation Rentals is here to offer you a cozy place to hit the hay. From secluded mountain cabins to homes in the heart of the city, our vacation properties are the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. Giddy up, gather your herd, and make your way to Sisters, Oregon for a vacation that’s sure to be a galloping good time!