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    Equine Camping Holidays

    WHERE TO GO

  • Passion

    Hitting the trails with your horse by day and camping by night. If this sounds like the ideal vacation, you're in luck – there are many places across the U.S. that can accommodate travelers with horses.

     

    If you're ready for your next equine holiday adventure, try these camps and parks:

  • Indiana

     Midwest Trail Ride and Outpost

    The Midwest Trail Ride and Outpost, located in Hoosier National Forest, is readily equipped to accommodate campers and their horses. The outpost offers 108 campsites with water and electricity. It also has an impressive 385 stalls for horses and 13 cabins if you prefer a less rustic experience. Cabins have warm showers, heating and air conditioning.

     

    Guided rides are available as well as overnight trips to help you make the most of your stay.

  • Texas

    Big Bend Ranch State Park

    The quintessential destination for an equine camping holiday. The Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas spans more than 300,000 acres in the Chihuahuan Desert. Trek through the same trails the Comanche Indians used 200 years ago while heading north from Mexico.

    The park offers more than 200 miles of multi-use trails.

     

    The Chisos, the tribe after which the mountains were named, left their mark here more than 1,000 years ago in the form of pictographs. On your journey, you'll find this cave art on rocks and surfaces throughout the park.

     

    The state park boasts six equine campsites at different points in the park. Most have water and corrals. It will cost an extra $2 per horse, per day to enter. All sites (aside from backcountry) are accessible by vehicle. Some roads will require four-wheel-drive and/or high clearance.

    The park even offers a 5,500-foot air strip that allows campers to fly in.

     

    Make sure your horse's shoes are in good shape and that you bring plenty of water. The terrain is rugged. To ensure that you understand all of the rules, requirements and regulations, make reservations in advance.

  • Oregon - Nehalem Bay State Park

    The Nehalem Bay State Park is situated just two hours outside of Portland off highway 101. While the park only covers four miles of coastline, it offers an immense amount of activities and amenities. The park has 18 yurts.

     

    The Wild Mare Campground is a more horse-friendly destination and is situated 22 miles south of Reedsport. The campground has 12 sites equipped with drinking water, a picnic area and vault toilets. It also has 12 corrals for horses. Many horse campers prefer this campground, as it gives easy access to the nearby massive dunes.

     

    Horse camping is also available at other sites in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, such as the Dry Lake Horse Camp and Horse Creek Campground, but these facilities do not have water.

     

    The Heceta Head Lighthouse is just a short distance from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. You can't access the lighthouse by horse, but you can sleep in it. Some of the rooms are rumored to be haunted. You may not be able to bring your horse to this iconic lighthouse, but it’s worth the time and drive to see it.

  • California – Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

    Situated three hours from Los Angeles and two hours from San Diego, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California.

     

    The park offers an impressive 110-miles of nature trails to explore with your horse along with 28 mountain peaks and summits. You'll also find several pictographs and petroglyphs along the way.

     

    Along with desert flora, you may also have the rare opportunity to see desert bighorn sheep. The park is also known for its fossil finds. Parkgoers have found everything from mammoth remains to whale bones in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

     

    The Van Whittaker Horse Camp is a designated site for horse campers. In total, it offers 40 corrals, 10 sites and even solar-powered showers. Campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Take Your Own Path

    Many state and national parks across the country have horse camping amenities. But rules and regulations will vary from state to state, so do your research before planning your trip. In some cases, you may need to make reservations for camp sites.

     

    A useful source for finding overnight stalls is Stall Destinations who have a number of farms all across the country. You can simply book a stall for your horse for the night and not be worried about where you horse will be sleeping.