The Horse Butte Loop is a great 10 mile loop that’s nice and close to town. Because of its elevation and exposure, it gets less snow than the west side, and that snow melts faster too — so while we’re listing it as a fat bike ride, it’s really a “winter riding spot.”
The loop is made up of three trails: the Coyote Loop Trail, the Boyd Cave Trail, and the Arnold Ice Cave Trail. Depending on the snow depth and trail conditions, you’ll often find other options to extend your ride — or jump on China Hat Road and rack up some miles.
One of the coolest things about riding Horse Butte are the views. Unlike Bend’s west-side MTB trails, Horse Butte is fairly open and exposed making for some great vistas. For the same reason, it’s not super fun spot if the wind is howling, because there’s little to no cover.
These trails are maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.