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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 permitted.

CAMELOT EQUESTRIAN PARK (www.camelotequestrianpark.com)
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 15th.

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 Site at:   www.pcta.org


    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 parking area.
    Primitive equestrian camping.
    Stream water is available.
    Corral available just before parking area.
    4 non wilderness trails available for over 11 miles of trail.
    3 wilderness trails accessed from this area for 15.6 miles of wilderness trail.  Permit required.


    WRIGHTS LAKE EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND (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 Basin. 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.

    Lower Twin Lake


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 riders will
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 wilderness entry.

Desolation Wilderness

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.

Desolation Wilderness
Wilderness Permits are required year round.
There are fees for overnight camping in the wilderness year round.
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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