There are miles of off and on-road trails to explore throughout the resort. Brasada Adventures' rental fleet includes Kona mountain bikes and dirt jumpers, as well as plenty of wheeled options for our youngest guests, including training wheels, trailers, trail-a-longs and Striders. Helmets are provided. Waivers are required, as well as a parent/guardian signature for guests under 18. Contact Brasada Adventures for current rates.
Brasada Adventures is standing by to provide all the details on the constantly-changing migratory birds here at Brasada Ranch. We will guide you to the best locations and vantage points for viewing all the hawks, eagles and finches you can handle.
Brasada Trails / Horseback Riding
The horses await you, standing ready outside the immaculate barns. At Brasada Trails, each ride is personalized to suit the rider and we offer trail-riding experiences and instruction for all ages and abilities.
Want a taste of Northwest brewing culture?! Then allow our friends at the Bend Brew Bus to take you behind the scenes of the normal tasting room experience to witness brewing magic. From mash tun to fermentation tank to bottle, you'll receive an insider's look at four outstanding Bend breweries, all the while enjoying complimentary samples of delicious beers. Best of all, we'll do all the driving, picking up and dropping off here at the resort. Available year round via Brasada Adventures.
Brews and Views Canoe Tour
Experience the famous Cascade Lakes Canoe Tours with the added fun of a beer tasting event! Paddle the water of a pristine mountain lake with a naturalist guide, pull out on shore under the forest canopy and taste various craft beers produced by Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, one of Bend's outstanding craft breweries! Root beer is provided for kids and those that simply prefer root beer. Available daily, June through October via Brasada Adventures.
Cyclists have made touring the miles of country roads around Brasada Ranch an annual pilgrimage. As you leave the resort, the choice is simple: left or right. Both are spectacular. As you ride past farm after farm with the beautiful Cascade Mountains beckoning to the west, you'll come to realize quickly that there are few other places on this earth that are quite as beautiful, or more pleasurable to pedal. Brasada Adventures has maps and many routes to share.
Volcanoes, History and the High Desert: Naturalist Adventures with
Join Jack Newkirk, our resident naturalist and our most interesting man, on a scenic hike through the stunning high desert. Nestled up against the flanks of an ancient basaltic outcropping, every inch of the landscape here holds a story just waiting to be told. Jack's passion is sharing all the fascinating and fun details about the plants, animals and people who have made this rugged landscape their home over the centuries. Bring sturdy walking shoes and water. And since the views are second to none, you might want to bring a camera as well! Seasonally and by appointment. Call Brasada Adventures for more details.
Falcons, Finches and Flickers: Bird Watching with Jack
Located on the Pacific Migratory Flyway, Central Oregon proudly showcases hundreds of species of waterfowl, game birds, neotropicals and majestic birds of prey. Jack Newkirk is a treasure trove of information about our native avian species and his enthusiasm and knowledge of all things ornithological will captivate your entire group. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water and binoculars and enjoy the birds of Brasada! Seasonally and by appointment. Call Brasada Adventures for more details.
Our lower ponds, just west of the trestle bridge, are stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and crappie (catch and release only). Adult and children's fly fishing rods are available for rent from Brasada Adventures, located in the Athletic Center. Please call for rates. Flies are available for purchase.
Fly Fishing Excursions
Central Oregon is home to some of the finest fly fishing in the country and our guides have more than 100 years combined experience fishing Oregon's waters. With over forty different trip options along the Deschutes, McKenzie, Metolius and Crooked Rivers, as well as multiple area lakes, we have trips for everyone. All levels and abilities are welcome. Seasonal availability, by appointment. Contact Brasada Adventures for more details.
One just needs to sit out on the back of the Ranch House and gaze out over the Cascade Mountains to be entirely inspired. And that works for most. But for those looking to take it up twenty notches, then our sunset helicopter tour is for you. One of our helicopters will pick you up right here on the resort, and from there you'll get up close and personal with the Lava Lands, Smith Rock, Cascade Mountains, and expansive high desert. When you land back at the resort, we'll be there to escort you back to the Ranch House for a drink with the sunset in the background. Weather dependent, by appointment. Contact Brasada Adventures for more details.
High Cascade Lakes Canoe Tour
Journey into the mighty Cascade Range to paddle the glassy waters of a spectacular mountain lake. As the only guided canoe tours and day trips available on the Cascade Lakes, our renowned guides will highlight tucked-away spots on these beautiful lakes that you may never find by going on your own. Be sure to watch for otter, mink, osprey and eagles, and bring a camera for the best mountain views in Central Oregon. By day's end, you'll spend just over two hours on the water. Available May through October via Brasada Adventures.
We have 1,800 acres within the Resort and trails that wind from the top of the property down to the Equestrian Center, up to Spirit Rock, and to the top of the Powell Buttes. Central Oregon boasts hundreds more options and Brasada Adventures has maps to guide you.
Lava Cave Tours
Discover the hidden underground world of Central Oregon's remote, desert lava caves with a naturalist guide! These large, cool lava tube caves are safe and ultimately fascinating for the whole family. Outfitted with helmets and headlamps, our guides will help you discover secret rooms, great cave history and what lives and grows in the caves. Available year round via Brasada Adventures.
Moonlight Canoe Tours
Experience canoeing by the light of the moon. Open your senses to the sights and sounds nighttime has to offer while paddling one of the beautiful Cascade Lakes. The moon's bright light reflects off of the shimmering water to provide a spiritual experience high in the mountains. Dessert and hot drinks served on the lake shore top off this spectacular evening. Available during the full moon in Summer and Fall. Also ask about our Starlight Canoe Tours, available June until mid-October every evening. Ages 8 and up welcome.
Mountain bikers love Brasada Ranch's miles of marked trails-on and off road. Around Central Oregon are even more options-a staggering 484 miles of single track all within an hour's drive. You'll find everything from all-day epic rides to quick loops that can end right at the Ranch House overlooking the Cascades with a micro-brew in hand. Better still, just about all of our trails here at Brasada and most within Central Oregon are accessible year-round, and many actually get better as the temperatures drop and the dirt hardens beneath your tires. Trail maps and custom trips are available via Brasada Adventures.
It's proven that vacations just seem more like vacations when Ranch Rovers are involved. Our Ranch Rovers are street-legal golf carts that seat four and may be rented for 24 hour periods. Waivers and driver's licenses are required for all drivers, as well as a parent/guardian signature for guests under 18. Please connect with Brasada Adventures for availability and prices.
Brasada Adventures has all the information you need on local rock climbing for every ability level. Be sure to inquire about Smith Rock's world-famous Monkey Face, where modern sport climbing started.
The Resort features miles of running trails, paved and un-paved, over 1,800 acres, as well as beautiful country roads just outside the entrance. For maps, please visit Brasada Adventures.
One could spend months in Central Oregon and not see all there is to see, though certainly there are some attractions more popular than others, and Brasada Adventures has all the details. Here on property a hike up to Spirit Rock is the perfect way to get a unique view of the high desert and Cascade Mountains beyond.
Our guides will lead you deep into the belly of an ancient volcano to explore the highlights within this volcanic caldera. At 6,300 feet you'll walk on a safe trail atop a mountain of black glass and hike the shores of sparkling Paulina Lake, through old growth hemlock forest and past a towering lava flow. This trip is a combination of short, easy walks totaling just under two miles. But it's our renowned guides who really bring this area alive for you in a way you'd never to experience on your own. Available June through October via Brasada Adventures. All ages welcome.
White Water Rafting
Oregon offers more wild and scenic rivers than any other state in the U.S. Over the last 30 years our guides have earned a reputation for running the highest quality trips and while there are plenty of adventures, the two most popular stand out. The McKenzie River is a postcard-perfect Oregon stream, offering half and full day adventures. On the Deschutes River, designated an Oregon Scenic Waterway in 1970 and a Federal Wild and Scenic River in 1988, you'll experience incredible geologic and cultural history, a diverse community of fish, wildlife and vegetation, and of course big splashy rapids. Full day trips are available. All trips include round-trip transportation from the resort, Bend or Sisters, snacks and beverages, and paddle jackets and pants on cooler days. Seasonal availability, by appointment through Brasada Adventures.