If you really want to get a feel for what it was like to tame the Wild West, equine camping is the way to go! Camping with your horse offers some distinct advantages, but the activity also comes with a specific set of challenges. You can carry more gear with you over greater distances, but you’ll have to consider how you’re going to board your horse overnight (you’ll need food and water sources). What follows is a list of the best spots in America for camping with your horse.
Yosemite National Park
We’ve discussed Yosemite before, as it’s one of the most popular destinations on the planet for rock climbers. However, it’s a pretty good spot for horse lovers too. The majority of Yosemite is truly wilderness, and you’ll have no shortage of trails that you can explore on horseback. The rock formations, cliffs and canyons are the obvious sites to check out, but you’ll also see plenty of huge sequoias. You can find plenty of horse campsites throughout the park, as well as the Big Trees Lodge, which is open spring through fall and has onsite stables.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park should be on your bucket list even if you don’t plan to bring a horse with you. However, it’s especially fun for equestrian campers. You’ll find 260 miles of trails, but what makes this park so remarkable is the elevation changes you’ll find. You and your mount can ride anywhere from 4,000 to 12,000 feet! You can camp in any number of backcountry locations, but you’ll also find a good number of stables that offer guided tours and more secure boarding for your horse.
Shenandoah National Park
The Shenandoah is possibly the most beautiful destination on this list. You’ll have 180 miles of horse trails to explore, where you can take in everything from picturesque hollows to incredible waterfalls. You can certainly bring your own horse, but there are plenty of stables that offer guided tours in the area.
Acadia National Park
A horseback ride through Acadia National Park will offer lakes, forests, amazing shoreline and mountains. With almost 50 miles of old carriage trails, you can either bring your own horse or take advantage of the many stables in the area that offer guided tours.