This Surreal Oregon Ranch Offering Horse Riding, Swimming, and Breathtaking Views

by | Jun 6, 2024 | Adventures, Bend, Central Oregon, Entertainment, Family Fun, Featured, Horseback Riding, Interesting, Things To Do, Travel

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Rugged western landscapes, breathtaking views of mountains, wide-open spaces, the smell of desert sage, fresh air, and the feel of warm sunshine on your face. If you're looking for a place to make memories with loved ones, we're pretty sure this is it. Just a short drive from Bend, a vast expanse of high desert wilderness awaits. Spread across 1800 acres, Brasada Ranch offers a unique blend of high desert adventure and tranquility. Whether you want to explore untouched wilderness, indulge in seasonal activities, or relax, Brasada is the place to find awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Brasada Ranch Is A Great Base For Nearby Activities

A man tees off on the Brasada Golf Course. It's a sunny day with clear blue skies, and there are mountains in the distance.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Located just 30 minutes from Bend, 20 minutes from Redmond, and 35 minutes from Smith Rock State Park, Brasada is a great place to use as a base camp for adventure and relaxation. Just a short drive away you have access to activities like shopping, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, and exploring nearby lakes.

Bend is nearby, but what is there to do there? Luckily we've already made a great list of things to do in Bend for you right here. Volcanic monuments, museums where history comes alive, festivals, lakes, breweries, and surfing the river are just a few of the options. Surfing? Really? Yes really, river surfing is a thing in Bend and it's awesome!

A view of the high desert with mountains in the distance from Brasada Ranch. It's pretty.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

On the ranch itself you'll find golfing, horseback riding, kids activities, and swimming. When you're done with your daily adventures, you can kick back and relax on the ranch and enjoy the golden glow of a central Oregon sunset (trust us, the views from Brasada are pretty amazing).

Ultimate Horseback Riding Adventure At Brasada Ranch

Two people ride horses in Oregon's high desert at Brasada Ranch. They're surrounded by sage and there are mountains in the background. One of the girls riding horses is wearing a white cowboy hat.
Brasada Horseback Riding. Photo via the Brasada Ranch website.

Named one of the “15 Fantastic Horseback Riding Destinations” by USA Today's Outdoors Wire, Brasada Ranch offers top-notch riding experiences. With expert instructors, trails criss crossing 900 acres, and a reliable team of American Quarter horses, it's easy to see why it's considered one of the best riding spots in the Pacific Northwest.

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The high desert at Brasada at sunset. There is an area with sparse desert grass, desert trees, sage, and mountains in the distance. It's clear skies and a fading sunset with pale yellow and blue tones and a hint of pink playing off of the mountains in the distance. It's very pretty. The high desert has it's own kind of beauty.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Guided trail rides provide breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains and begin with a hot mug of cowboy coffee or hot chocolate and delicious country muffins. Pony rides are also available for younger children. Whether you're an experienced rider or a beginner, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

A small lake at sunset with snowy mountains in the distance. The sunset colors are pink, blue, and bright orange.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Is there an age requirement for horseback riding at Brasada? The guided horseback rides are for ages eight and up. Younger children ages five and up will enjoy pony rides around the pen.

Family Fun At The Sundance Pool And Slide

A child slides down a big yellow water slide into an outdoor pool. Two adults are in the pool smiling at each other.
Photo via Brasada Ranch website.

Located near the Athletic Center, the family-friendly Sundance Pool & slide features an indoor lap pool and wading pool. There's a pretty awesome waterslide and lazy river, which are open seasonally and during special event weekends.

A bright yellow slide above an outdoor swimming pool at Brasada Ranch.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Check the updated schedule for the pools, hot tubs, and spas on ranch here as the slide and lazy river aren't necessarily open every day and the open days change seasonally.

An aerial view of Brasada Ranch and the swimming pool.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Whether you're swimming laps, playing with the kids, or relaxing in the lazy river, there's something for everyone.

There's No Getting Bored At Brasada - Activities For Kids

A firepit at Brasada Ranch after dark. The fire pit is lit and ready to toast marshmallows.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

There's always something exciting for kids at the ranch. From guided horseback rides to hiking, swimming, and exploring The Hideout—a secret clubhouse for kids 12 and up with video games, a playground, pinball, ping pong, and more—children will never be bored. Learn more about kids activities on the ranch here.

Luxurious And Relaxing Accommodations

The exterior view of the bungalows. They are gray, modern, have big windows, and one sloped roof on each.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Whether you're looking for a serene escape or a base for thrilling adventures, Brasada Ranch provides the perfect blend of luxury and natural beauty. When it's time to relax and settle down for the evening, there are quite a few luxurious options:

Cascade Bungalows: These adult-only luxury stays are perfect for couples seeking a peaceful retreat.

The interior of one of the bungalows. There are soft wood tones on the floors, walls, ceiling, and furniture. There's a dark gray couch and round black tables and a fireplace. The bed has white bedding.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

The bungalows are gorgeous and modern.

The interior of one of the bungalows. There are soft wood tones on the floors, walls, ceiling, and furniture. There's a dark gray couch and round black tables and a fireplace. The bed has white bedding and a western themed blanket. It's very pretty.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

They feature soft wood tones and high desert colors with big windows to let lots of light in and make you feel connected with nature.

The interior of one of the bungalows. There are soft wood tones on the floors, walls, ceiling, and furniture.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Sage Canyon Cabins: Rustic yet elegant, these fully equipped, family-friendly cabins also have pet-friendly options, making them ideal for a family getaway.

One of the rooms you can rent at Brasada Ranch. There's a stone fireplace, a western style chandelier, and a luxurious bed with very pretty western style bedding. There are windows overlooking the high desert.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Ranch House Room & Suites: Enjoy rustic elegance with sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains, complemented by an outdoor spa and fire pit for ultimate relaxation.

The firepit at Brasada Ranch at sunset. It's surrounded by flagstones and several red Adirondak style chairs.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.

Brasada Ranch Information

A patio with tables and chairs at Brasada Ranch overlooking the high desert. There are mountains in the distance, and the sun is setting behind the mountains, casting them in a gray blue silhouette with a slight pink hue.
Photo via the Brasada Ranch Facebook page.
  • Location: 16986 SW Brasada Ranch Rd, Bend / Powell Butte, Oregon
  • Discover more and plan your stay at Brasada Ranch here.

Have you ever stayed at Brasada Ranch? Let us know. This ranch resort is truly gorgeous, and shows off the stunning beauty of Oregon's high desert.


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Written By Jessica Tomlinson

Jessica Tomlinson is a native Oregonian currently living in Southern Oregon. She has been blogging since 2006. She loves nature, photography, hiking, camping, and exploring Oregon's wilds.

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