Horse Camping 101: Vacations With Accommodations

June is National Camping Month! Here are some tips on finding vacation spots that offer accommodations for both you and your horse.

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Some dude ranches allow you to bring your own horse. | Photo: Kim McCarrel

June is National Camping Month! To help get you ready for an adventure of your own, we’re rolling out a three-part series on camping with horses. In Part One, we’ll cover finding places to vacation where accommodations are provided for both you and your horse.

If you’ve never gone on a horse camping or trail riding vacation, you’re missing out! It’s wonderful to ride out each day and explore new trails, nice to hang out in camp with your horse close by, and fun to sit around the campfire with your trail riding friends.

But if you’ve never gone horse camping it can be hard to know where to start. Do you have the right equipment? How do you know where to visit?

Finding Lodging

If you (or a riding buddy) have a camper or living-quarters trailer, you’re off to a good start. If you don’t, and you’re not wildly excited about sleeping in a tent, don’t worry—you can still go horse camping! Just choose a destination that provides lodging for both you and your horse

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Kim McCarrel is an avid trail rider and author whose guidebooks are “must-haves” for Pacific Northwest trail riders. She’s been mapping and writing about trails and horse camps since 2002. Her newest books are revised and updated editions of “Riding Central Oregon Horse Trails” and “Riding Southwest Washington Horse Trails.” McCarrel lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, Steve, two Portuguese water dogs, and a Tennessee Walking Horse mare named Tex.

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