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CALIFORNIA: The following campgrounds offer
facilities in various CA locations for horse trailers and stock, and most offer access to
hundreds of miles of trails on which equestrian use is
1985 Clark Road, Butte Valley, CA 95965 (nr Oroville)
Camelot is located roughly 10 miles from Oroville and 10
miles from Chico.
Both of these towns have hotels, restaurants, gas and almost
anything else you need. The Feather Falls Indian Casino is
also near Oroville.
The terrain of Butte Valley was formed by volcanic events
and is a mountain range of flat-topped mesas. The well
groomed two-track trails lead up and over these mesas. There
are very few trees along the trail but the creek beds are
lined with trees. Hats and sunscreen suggested, and of
course, water bottles.
Camelot`s a great place to camp with your horse. The camping
area under the Cottonwood Trees is comfortable and there`s
an underground water system with spigots handy for your
bucket. There are no electrical trailer hook-ups.
An unlimited number of green pipe corrals are available.
Large rigs will have no trouble parking. It will be a first
come, first serve situation as to where you park/camp. No
reservations are needed and fees will be paid at the ACTHA
registration desk on Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Amt of fees is very low and will be announced here by March
One of the special features of Camelot is its newly
completed building which offers a limited number of new
sinks, hot showers and flush toilets.
DRU BARNER PARK
(G) -North Central CA, in El Dorado County, 1hr 20
minutes from Sacramento Area and 45 mi to Placerville
and Auburn, CA. Elevation 3,000'. 16 Units for equestrian and/or
single family use. No fee, no water, no toliets. From
Wentworth Springs Road, five miles east of Georgetown,
look for sign past Camp Virner,
turn left on Bypass Road. Go 1 1/2 miles on gravel road
to the park. No motorcycles. Equestrian Trails
Nearby. (See Bottlehill Rd. on Georgetown Map)
Relatively easy trails. Scenic. Mostly dirt roads. 5,
10, 25, 50 mile trails. No reservations.
- PACIFIC CREST
TRAIL- The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
extends 2,600 miles from Canada to Mexico. It passes
through 23 National Forests, including several
Wilderness areas, 7 National Parks and other numerous
portions of government and private lands. In North
Central California, From the
North, the Pacific Crest Trail enters the Eldorado
National National Forest in
Desolation Wilderness. It
continues south jogging back and forth between the Lake
Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Toiyabe and El
Dorado National Forests. The entire Pacific Crest Trail
is closed to all types of vehicles, including bicycles.
For more information and specific trailhead information,
please visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association Web
- LOON LAKE
EQUESTRIAN GROUP (Pac) - Elevation 6,500'.
Access to Desolation Wilderness. 5 Units. $39 Fee, 25
people, piped water, vault toliets, picnic tables.
Located on Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin, approximately
29 miles north of HWY 50 via the Ice House and Loon Lake
Roads. Reservations are required through the National
Forest Reservation Company from 05/24 through 09/10.
- TELL CREEK HORSE
CAMP (Pac) - Elevation 6,300'. Access to
Desolation Wilderness, Primitive equestrian camping
available. Narrow paved road, no water, no toliets.
Stream water available. From HWY 50 about 20 miles east
of Placerville, turn on Ice House Road, Travel north
about 20 miles to Robbs Saddle, turn right (east) on
Tells Creek Road (signed as Tells Creek Horse
Camp/Desolation Wilderness Trail Head, forest road
#13N22). Travel six miles to the parking area on the
right. A corral is available just before reaching the
Stream water is available.
Corral available just before parking area.
4 non wilderness trails available for over 11 miles of
3 wilderness trails accessed from this area for 15.6
miles of wilderness trail. Permit required.
- WRIGHTS LAKE
(Pac) - Elevation 7,000'. Access to Desolation
Wilderness. Campground, picnic units and equestrian
camping. No motor boats. Equestrian camping is
available in the horse meadow, with no facilities and no
fee or reservations. Reservations for the family
campground will be required 07/12 to 09/02 and may be
made through the National Forest Reservation Company.
Weather permitting, the campground is available on a
first come, first served basis before and after these
dates. Located 34 miles east of Placerville and 8 miles
north of HWY 50 on Wrights Lake Road, in the Crystal
Wrights Lake Equestrian Campground
Trail Opportunities from Wrights -
6 non-wilderness trails -
Shortest trail 0.5 miles to Beauty Lake -
Longest Trail is Windmiller trail for 3 miles. -
3 wilderness trails
Longest trail is the Rock-bound Trail at 7.8 miles.
Shortest trail is Twin Lakes at 3.4 miles -
Need a wilderness permit to cross the wilderness boundary.
Adjacent to Sly Park Horse Camp (near Pollock Pines).Next To Sly Park
(which has Horse Camping)
-- Appx. 3-5 miles from Pollock Pines,
off Hwy 50. These are easy, relaxing trails. Can trail
from Sly Park|
Equestrian Camp but steep down the ravine. Easier to
trailer next door for the less adverturous. Tevis cup
find this a piece of cake.
Equestrian use is permitted on
most Eldorado National Forest Land, including trails into
the Desolation Wilderness and Mokelumne Wilderness. In the
wilderness areas, use is restricted to hikers, horses,
llamas and the like. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are
not permitted. In forest areas outside of the wilderness,
hiking trails may also be shared with mountain bikes and/or
motorized vehicles. Free permits must be obtained for
Protection of beauty and wilderness character by a zone
quota system for overnight use from the Friday before
Memorial Day to September 30.
45 zones and visitors must choose the first night’s
destination and enter on specified date.
After the first night, the rest of your stay is not subject
to zone requirements.
Wilderness Permits are required year round.
There are fees for overnight camping in the wilderness year
Day use wilderness permits are free of charge.
Permits available from the Eldorado National Forest
Information Center in Camino, Lake Tahoe Visitor Center
during summer months and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Office in South Lake Tahoe.
Eldorado National Forest / 1-800-280-CAMP
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Camping in Area Sites: BISHOP ,CA..
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Horse Camping on Catalina Island, See the
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Las Caballeras, Torence, CA
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