The Top 5 Horse-Friendly Camping Locations Around the US

The Top 5 Horse-Friendly Camping Locations Around the US


Camping is a timeless summer activity. Having fun in the sun all day and sitting under the stars at night makes for a perfect summer trip. Adding trail rides with your horse into the mix is an excellent way to take a vacation from good to great. Planning a fun summer trip that involves your horses doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of campgrounds that cater to horse owners. Here are just a few of our favorite horse-friendly camping locations from around the US.

Explore Canyons in Texas

If you’re in the Texas area (or don’t mind a little trip), check out Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It’s located just outside Amarillo and is a top-rated state park. Palo Duro offers full amenities, access to horse pens, and roughly 1,500 acres dedicated to riding trails. Riding in the canyon is very popular, so the campsites can be a bit busy. Your horse needs to be comfortable around other people and horses. You can reserve a campsite online, but keep in mind that since it’s a state park, you’ll have to pay both an entrance fee as well as an overnight camping fee.

Take a Trail Ride in Arizona

In the Arizona area, riders can bring their horses camping at Usery Mountain Regional Park Campground. Located in Mesa, this campground is close enough to the Phoenix Metro area that campers have easy access to pick up any supplies they may have forgotten to pack. Every campsite offers electric and water hookups, and there’s plenty of room between campsites, so you won’t feel crowded. With 29 miles of shared-use trails, there’s something to see and do for riders of every level.

Camp Along the Beach in Oregon

For a beach camping experience, Nehalem Bay State Park in Oregon can’t be beat. Offering full amenities and access to a horse corral, it’s the perfect place to camp with your horse along the beach. The trails at Nehalem Bay State Park are ideal for horses newer to trail riding, as many of the trails are flat and easy to navigate. Plus, with views of pine forests, the beach, and Nehalem Bay you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty. The camping season is shorter in Oregon than in places further south. Make reservations ahead of time to ensure you’ll have a spot.

Enjoy Wooded Trails in Georgia

In the southeast, Hard Labor Creek State Park in Georgia is best known for its golf course and lakeside beach. It is also a local favorite for riders to bring their horses camping. With more than 22 miles of wooded trails and a huge on-site equestrian campground, it’s the perfect place for a horse-friendly camping trip. The campsites also have electricity and water and are nearby the stalls and riding ring. 

Trek Through Wooded Hills in Indiana

For riders in the midwest, Horseman Campground at Brown County State Park in Indiana has you covered. With 118 modern campsites with electricity and 91 primitive sites, there’s plenty of space for horse-friendly camping. The park has 70 miles of trails to explore with beautiful views through forested hills, with the option for guided trail rides. An annual horse tag is required for each horse, so make sure to check into that before setting out.

Camping with horses can be more complicated and involve more planning than a simple, people-only camping trip. Check-in with any campsite you’re planning to visit to make note of any food specifications the site might have, medical records you may need to bring, or any other important considerations. With proper planning, you’ll be well on your way to a fun camping trip exploring beautiful trails with your horse.

Trailers for Horse-Friendly Camping

If you need a horse trailer to get you and your equine friend to the campsite, Trails West Trailers is here to help. Be sure to check out our horse trailers, livestock trailers, and for the perfect horse-friendly camping experience, our horse trailers with living quarters. Contact us for more information, and happy camping!