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Klamath National Forest – Fort Jones, Ca.
Each campsite is designed for family camping and has a pull through driveway, four 12’X12′ corral stalls, a fire ring, picnic table, drinking water, and a tent site. Campsite #5 is designed to be accessible for most people with disabilities. There is an accessible horse mounting ramp available at this campsite.

There are no stock watering troughs or feed bunks. Campers must bring their own buckets and hay nets or feed on the ground.

The camp is centrally located between the Trinity Alps Wilderness and the Russian Wilderness. There is a network of interconnecting trails to Long Gulch, Trail Gulch and the Pacific Crest Trail which will take you into these wildernesses. There are several lakes within a days ride. Weed free hay recommended.

For more information and to make reservations contact:
Scott River Ranger District
11263 N. Highway 3
Fort Jones, CA 96032-9702
(530) 468-5351
TDD (530) 468-1298


Horse Flats – Angeles National Forest
When open, this campground has no water. Vault toilets. $12.00 per night per site, first-come, first-served. Horse facilities – 2 corrals, hitching rails. RV’s to 20′. Location: Santa Clara Divide Rd (Rd. #3N17) and Hwy 2 at Three Points. Turn left to the west on the Santa Clara Divide Rd and drive 3 miles to the campground.

Closed for the winter November 15 through March 31, snow permitting opening on that date or as soon as possible thereafter.
Messenger Flats – Angeles National Forest
Open year-round but may have deep snow on access roads during the winter. No water available. Vault toilets. $10 per site per night. Campsites are first come –
first served. Two corrals provided. Located adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail. OHV’s are prohibited.


Location: Located on the Santa Clara Divide Rd. From Interstate 210 in La Canada exit at
Angeles Crest Hwy. (Hwy. 2) and drive north for 9 miles. Turn left onto the
Angeles Forest Hwy. (County Rd. N3) and drive approx. 12 miles to Mill Creek
Summit. Turn left on Santa Clara Divide Rd. and continue 9 miles to the
campground. Call (818) 899-1900 for current
conditions and additional information.

Badger Flat Campground – Sierra National Forest
Horses allowed at this campground! Located along Kaiser Pass Road above Huntington Lake. Large sandy area along Rancheria Creek.

Directions: Take Hwy 168 east from Clovis to Shaver Lake. Continue thru Shaver Lake to Huntington Lake. At east end of the Huntington Lake turn right on the Kaiser Pass Road (at Eastwood Visitor Center). Travel 5.1 miles up the Kaiser Pass Road to Bader Flat Campground.


Clear Fork Horse Camp – Stanislaus National Forest Forested area along the Clark Fork River within the Clark Fork Recreation Area. Suitable for camping with stock; dump station located at entrance to nearby. Directions: 25 miles east of Pinecrest on Clark Fork Road, near Clark Fork Campground and Iceberg Meadow Trailhead.

Rates: $12.00 (single); Two group areas: $24 small (maximum of 2 vehicles); $48 large (maximum 4 vehicles). Charge is per vehicle (vehicle = two vehicle + horse trailer)


Smith River Recreation Area – Six Rivers National Forest Area activities include Mountain Biking, Cabin Rentals, RV Camping, Lake and Pond Fishing, River and Stream Fishing, Backpacking, Day Hiking, Horse Camping, Horse Riding, Viewing Plants, Interpretive Areas, and Tubing.

Horse Camping and Hiking. The forested mountains, valleys and meadows of the Siskiyou Wilderness in Del Norte, Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties of northwestern California offer vistas of incredible beauty, diverse scenery and limitless opportunities for solitude. The Wilderness, named for the mountains that cross it, is administered by three National Forests: Six Rivers, Klamath and Siskiyou. Rain falling in the Siskiyou Wilderness (from 40″ on lower eastern slopes to 200″ on the high western slopes) drains into three watersheds: the Smith, Klamath, and Illinois Rivers. The Siskiyou Wilderness is unique in that some parts can be accessed year round in the lower elevations, providing opportunities for recreation not found elsewhere. July through mid-October is the best time to travel in the wilderness, although severe weather can occur in any month.

Big Pine Equestrian (Group Camp Ground): Take Forest Road 3N14 is closed from Hanna Flats to Big Pine Flats (Due to fire damage) Access is via 3N09 -Van Dusen Canyon Road – for 4 miles and then west on 3N16 -Holcomb Valley road for about 9 miles – a total of about 13 miles of dirt road driving. Open May 15 – October 15.

Ribbonwood Equestrian: Open all year.

Wildhorse Equestrian: Open May 15 – September 28.

Green Spot Equestrian (Group Campground): Open May 1 – October 31.

Heart Bar Equestrian (Group Campground): Open May 15 – September 28.

10,000 feet elevation. No reservations, first come, first served. Fee $12.00.

Traveling by horse can add a great deal of pleasure to your trip through the Modoc National Forest. Most trails are suitable for both horse and foot travel, although early in the season there may be downfall and wet areas on some trails. Keeping horses in Forest campgrounds and picnic grounds is prohibited.

The following campgrounds have horse facilities: Pepperdine Campground, Patterson Campground, and Soup Springs Campground.

Please visit the website for more information.

Overnight Layovers

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Rancho Oso – Santa Barbara
RV & Tent Camping Available. Full Hook Up RV sites are $50/night. Tent sites start at $40/night-max. 4 people/site.
Call 805-683-5686 for reservations.

Vacations Destinations

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Sea Pines Golf Resort – Montaña de Oro State Park
Bring your horse and enjoy riding along the sandy beaches, the majestic foothills, or the gentle sloping dunes of Montaña de Oro State Park. Visit the website for more information!


Rancho Oso – Santa Barbara
RV & Tent Camping Available. Full Hook Up RV sites are $50/night. Tent sites start at $40/night-max. 4 people/site.
Call 805-683-5686 for reservations.

Stag There are many amenities like 40 horse corrals and a round pen sitting adjacent to 600,000 acres of Anza Borrego Desert State Park for your riding pleasure. Visit the website for more information ecoach Trails – Julian, California