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
CAMELOT EQUESTRIAN PARK
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
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
Elevation 6,500'. Access to Desolation Wilderness. 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
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.
WRIGHTS LAKE EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND
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
FLEMING MEADOWS TRAILS
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.
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
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 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
For San Francisco Bay Area
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