Smith Rock Trail Rides | Ranch at the Canyons

A Unique Way to Enjoy Ranch at the Canyons | 2017

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Have you ever wanted to come visit Ranch at the Canyons, take in the sights, connect with nature, and get up close and personal with Smith Rock? Well, you’re in luck! We have many unique ways to see and experience the Ranch, including private helicopter tours, yoga retreats, and fly fishing expeditions, but here I would like to tell you about riding the ranch. Yes, horseback!

We work exclusively with Smith Rock Trail Rides to provide one of a kind horse riding experiences on our vast property. Because our 1,700 acre ranch is private, it allows us to go on horseback, where no one else can go, getting exceptional views in the privacy of our community and wildland. Here you won’t find crowded trails on our scenic routes but a peaceful opportunity to enjoy nature in the wild.

Smith Rock Trail Rides is owned and operated by Brian and Melanie Thomas, who also manage our new equestrian facility, Cavallo Equestrian Center. Their passion for horses has always brought them to extraordinary places and our ranch oasis at the base of Smith Rock is no exception! They truly feel at home here and they share the same excitement and joy that we have whenever they’re on the ranch. They’ll tell you themselves that the rides they offer never get old, as the stunning scenery, new people, and varied wildlife always make it a beautiful experience.

Speaking of which, Smith Rock Trail Rides offers three different trails that vary in both length and scenery, depending on how much time you’ll want to spend on the ranch. Every ride can accommodate up to 4 people and some of them have snacks or a meal included.

Here’s a brief look at the rides that are offered and a glimpse of the special part of the ranch that will be highlighted on each.

The Ranch Vista Ride: takes you on a tour on the upper trails, highlighting both the amazing vistas of Smith Rock and the abundant wildlife that surrounds us on a 45 minutes to 1 hour trip.

The Canyon Ride: is about 2 hours and will take you into the canyon at the base of Smith Rock’s iconic Monkey Face rock formation. You’ll wind further along the Crooked River to get a front row view of this famous natural wonder up close.

The Rooster Cogburn Ride: which is approximately 3.5 hours is a favorite out here for many different reasons. This exciting ride is very unique in that takes you along trails that have been filmed in famous western movies, like Rooster Cogburn. Because the natural scenery is still there today, this ride really puts you back in time, making you picture yourself riding alongside John Wayne in the wild west!

Ready for an adventure? Reserve your ride by contacting Smith Rock Trail Rides by phone 541-604-6769 or by email and “Come ride on the quiet side of the rocks”.

Spring Update | Ranch at the Canyons 2017

After what seemed to be longest winter in Central Oregon, Spring is finally here! All around us, we are seeing the Ranch transform into all of its springtime splendor!
Looking throughout the Ranch, new homes are progressing as they head towards the final stages of the building process and on track to be completed for the 2017 COBA Tour of Homes which starts July 14th. With another new home just breaking ground, and several other owners currently having their plans in for building permit and design review approvals, it looks like there will be at least 4 additional homes under construction this summer.

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Cavallo Equestrian Center is now up and running after welcoming its first horses last month. We’re waiting for a longer stretch of warm weather before planting the pastures and finishing the last few projects and are looking forward to our opening celebration early this summer.
We are excited to have Brian and Melanie Thomas managing Cavallo and bringing with them their extensive experience and knowledge. Brian is a professional horse trainer who has worked in many aspects of horsemanship throughout his life. He currently trains horses and works with clients through his company Complete Horsemanship, and offers exclusive trail rides on the Ranch. Both experienced and first time riders alike enjoy the spectacular vistas of Smith Rock and the Cascade Mountains, all while exploring the Ranch by horseback. We are all looking forward to a fun summer as we continue to welcome new owners and horses to the Ranch!

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With all the exciting progress out here, both on the home construction and on the completion of Cavallo Equestrian Center, we were eager to share some current pictures. Enjoy!

The Cavallo Equestrian Center is coming to life!

Here’s a bird’s eye view of what’s going on out here at Cavallo! The construction of many of the facility’s outdoor features have begun and the ground is being prepared for the irrigated grass turn out pastures that will be planted in the spring. We’re excited to be offering many amenities which will include an outdoor round pen and arena, dedicated trailer parking, and indoor stalls with private run-outs.

There are people busy at work completing the indoor amenities as well, including the secured heated tack room with individual lockers, gathering room with kitchenette, restroom with shower, and wireless monitoring, security and sound system.

A unique feature at Cavallo that is for the horse owners and not their horse, is the Tuscan lookout tower and lounge area. It will be the perfect place to take in the expansive ranch views, enjoying the breeze after a summer trail ride.

Because of Cavallo Equestrian Center’s unique location at Ranch of the Canyons, horse owners will have access to miles of private trails on our property. Not only will you be able to ride the ranch right from the stables, you will also experience the calm and harmony in nature that can only be found on private trails. Our exclusive trails meander the river, lakes, and fields, on our side of Smith Rock and additionally provide an excellent backdrop for wildlife viewing.

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Cavallo Equestrian Center will be managed by Brian and Melanie Thomas, owners of Complete Horsemanship who also run the trail ride program for residents and visitors at the ranch. Cavallo will be offering full care boarding and additional personalized services including grooming, bathing, exercising, and training by a professional trainer.

We are looking forward to unveiling this amazing facility at our grand opening celebration once construction is completed! The current estimate for completion is Spring 2017.
Contact Melanie Thomas for more information:

Busy Summer at Ranch at the Canyons

The summer has been off to a busy start at Ranch at the Canyons!

With the building of Cavallo Equestrian Center, the preparation of the newly built home on land holding 47, and our participation in the 2016 COBA Tour of Homes, it’s been a busy place and has brought a lot of visitors to the Ranch.

We are pleased to announce that the construction for Cavallo Equestrian Center is well under way and is set to be completed this Fall! This top notch, full care boarding facility will accommodate 10 horses for RATC home owners living on the Ranch. The included amenities are an outdoor arena and turn-out areas, as well as access to miles of trails on the Ranch’s private property. We believe this will provide a unique opportunity for home owners to have their equine friends close by and also give them a chance to explore the land on horseback!

The much anticipated grand opening of Cavallo Equestrian Center will be a special celebration and a great opportunity to tour the new facility, meet the developer, and get more information about making Ranch at the Canyons your new home. More details to come!

Our tour home, built by Norman Building and Design which sold during construction, generated a lot of attention and gave the tour visitors a great picture of what it looks like to downsize luxuriously! At 2800 square feet, this marvelous home exemplified using space wisely and tastefully while having all the comforts the homeowner would need. We were delighted to open up the Ranch for the tour and meet people in the community who wanted to see our little “glimpse of heaven”.

We had a great experience participating in the 2016 COBA Tour of Homes and we are excited about the enthusiastic interest it generated! We look forward to participating in the 2017 COBA Tour of Homes to interact with the community and showcase all that makes Ranch at the Canyons such a special place to be. We are proud to announce that the home won awards in its class in these three categories: Best of Show, Best Master Suite, and Best Kitchen.

With the sale of more landholdings, we foresee 2017 to be another busy year with new homes being built, new neighbors moving in, and even new horse friends at the stables and on the trails around the ranch! It is inspiring to see what a remarkable community RATC is becoming as it develops and unfolds.

We will be posting future updates on the progress of Cavallo Equestrian Center and the construction of our recently sold landholdings both here and on our Facebook page so stay in touch!

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