There’s nothing better than saddling up your horse and riding among the Pacific Northwest’s natural wonders. That’s one of the many reasons horse camping is still so popular, especially with country folk. Whether you’re new to horse camping and trail riding, or simply want to brush up on your camp etiquette, we’ve compiled some of the basics along with a list of places to take your favorite equine friend.
Stick to Specific Trails and Campgrounds
The U.S. Forest Service and BLM require that horses stay on trails designated for shared use by hikers, horse riders, and bicyclists. You’ll find information about any particular trail at its trailhead. When camping, look for campgrounds that do allow for horses in developed areas to avoid fines and other issues.
When you’re on a multi-use trail, you and your horse have the right-of-way. That means hikers and bikers must yield to you. But you’re also responsible for controlling your animal. Always ride single-file and stay on the trials to avoid damaging vegetation and habitat.
Carry Paperwork with You
Chance are you’ll never get asked, but officials do require that you have current, written proof of a negative Coggins Test and Equine Infectious Anemia.
Feed is Important
Whatever feed you use back home, be sure you only use pelletized or certified weed-free feed when you’re out camping and on the trails.
Start Your Camping Trip at Coastal
You’ll find all the horse tac, feed, and human camping gear you need for a fun and memorable outing at your nearby Coastal Farm & Ranch. While you’re at the store, tell us about your plans. We’re horse people too. We might be able to recommend a campground or specific trail that we really enjoy.
Coastal Extra: Horse Camps and Trailheads
Check with your area ranger district, Forest Service, or BLM office for more information about these and other horse camping and trailhead options.