Black Butte Ranch, Oregon

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Black Butte Ranch, Oregon
Census-designated place
Black Butte Ranch Lodge with South Sister in background
Black Butte Ranch Lodge with South Sister in background
Coordinates: 44°22′38″N 121°39′13″W / 44.37722°N 121.65361°W / 44.37722; -121.65361Coordinates: 44°22′38″N 121°39′13″W / 44.37722°N 121.65361°W / 44.37722; -121.65361
Country United States
State Oregon
County Deschutes
 • Total 8.22 sq mi (21.29 km2)
 • Land 8.20 sq mi (21.23 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation 3,350 ft (1,021 m)
Population (2010) 366
 • Density 45/sq mi (17.2/km2)
Time zone Pacific (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) Pacific (UTC-7)
ZIP code 97759
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-06650[1]
GNIS feature ID 1138180[2]

Black Butte Ranch is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated private resort community[3] in Deschutes County, Oregon, United States.[4] It is located in the Cascade Range, 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Sisters. The population was 366 at the 2010 census.[5] Black Butte Ranch allows public access to its restaurant, golf courses and horse stables, but is primarily oriented to its year-round residents and seasonal guests.[3]


The planned community of Black Butte Ranch was developed starting in 1970 by a subsidiary of Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company on the site of the former Black Butte cattle ranch directly south of Black Butte.[6] The first residents arrived in 1971 and Black Butte Ranch post office was established the same year.[6]

As of December 2013, the president and CEO of Black Butte Ranch is Scott Huntsman, and the chairman of the Board of Directors is Mark Pilkenton.[7]


A view of the ranch from atop Black Butte

Black Butte Ranch is located in northwestern Deschutes County to the southwest of U.S. Route 20; it is surrounded by Deschutes National Forest. The 6,436-foot (1,962 m) summit of Black Butte overlooks the community to the northeast.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.29%, is water.[5] The area drains east via Black Butte Swamp to Indian Ford Creek, then Squaw Creek, then to the Deschutes River, a north-flowing tributary of the Columbia River.


In 2001, the estimated population of full-time, year-round residents was 337.[3] The population was 366 at the 2010 census.[5] During the peak tourist season, the population, including guests who do not own property but are renting residences within the community, is estimated to rise to 5,000.[3]


Black Butte Ranch has been threatened by many wildfires, especially since 2002, when the Cache Mountain Fire burned two homes in the northwest corner of the ranch.[8][9] Black Butte Ranch was once again threatened by the B&B Complex Fires in 2003,[10] and in 2007 the GW Fire came within a quarter of a mile of some homes on the ranch.[11][12]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d Deschutes County Code[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Black Butte Ranch". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 28, 1980. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  5. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Black Butte Ranch CDP, Oregon". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b McArthur, Lewis A.; McArthur, Lewis L. (2003) [1928]. Oregon Geographic Names (7th ed.). Portland, Oregon: Oregon Historical Society Press. p. 86. ISBN 978-0875952772. 
  7. ^ Rees, Rachael. "Black Butte Ranch to get upgrades - Homeowners approve nearly $11.5 million in redevelopment". The Bend Bulletin. Retrieved October 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "BBR residents to return today". Nugget Newspaper. 2002-08-02. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Cache Mountain Fire - Fact Sheet 7". US Forest Service. 2002-08-01. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  10. ^ "B and B Complex Morning Brief". US Forest Service. 2003-08-21. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  11. ^ "GW Fire: Black Butte Ranch evacuation underway". Nugget Newspaper. 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  12. ^ "Gw Fire Wildland Fire". Incident Information System. 2007-09-11. Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 

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