Top Horse Camping near Umatilla National Forest

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Horse camping is the perfect way to enjoy Umatilla National Forest. If you're an equestrian lover who prefers nature-based adventure, yet still wants comfort, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Camping with horses is a beautiful way to experience nature. Find Oregon equestrian campgrounds with ease on The Dyrt.

Best Equestrian Sites Near Umatilla National Forest, OR (12)

    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

    1.

    Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area

    24 Reviews
    58 Photos
    78 Saves
    Meacham, Oregon

    Some campsites and all cabins are open year-round. Note that park roads are often snow-covered or icy in winter. Book reservations up to 6 months in advance at oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com. Reservations are required Oct. 1 - June 1 for the duplex totem cabin and six rustic cabins.

    16 full hookup sites Five sites open year-round (water available only at restroom/shower building in winter) 1 electrical site with water (closed in winter) 32 tent sites with water nearby (closed in winter) Hot showers and flush toilets Horse camp with seven sites (closed in winter) Six rustic log cabins open year round (four pet-friendly) Duplex cabin (Totem) Group tent camp (closed in winter) Universal Access: Tent site A19 is accessible to campers with disabilities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $12 - $36 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed

    2.

    Wallowa-Whitman NF 21 - Dispersed

    6 Reviews
    13 Photos
    77 Saves
    La Grande, Oregon

    Dispersed camping is a popular camping method for many visitors to the Forest. Choosing to camp along a stream or adjacent to a meadow where there are no picnic tables, toilets or firerings allows campers to enjoy a more primitive experience.

    It is recommend that dispersed campers keep to traditional campsites off of established 'two-track' vehicles routes which have been used in the past. Most of these routes are less than 300 feet from a designated open road.

    There are some areas on the Forest that are closed to dispersed camping. These include administrative site, special use permit area, or sensitive areas for archeology or wildlife.

    Please remove all temporary structures before you leave such as meat poles, toilets, furniture, and ditches around your tents. To find out more about minimum impact camping please visit our outdoor ethics section. Some general rules of use and restrictions also apply to visitor using dispersed camping sites. These include regulations like forest-wide camping stay limits; use of camp fires, firearms, and fireworks; and controlling pets.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Spring Creek Campground

    3.

    Spring Creek Campground

    6 Reviews
    17 Photos
    125 Saves
    La Grande, Oregon

    Spring Creek Campground is located in an open pine forest near a small meadow. Just a short drive from Interstate 84, this small campground offers 4 campsites which are occassionally used for family reunions or group camping.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Godman Guard Station
    Camper-submitted photo from Godman Guard Station
    Camper-submitted photo from Godman Guard Station
    Camper-submitted photo from Godman Guard Station
    Camper-submitted photo from Godman Guard Station
    Camper-submitted photo from Godman Guard Station

    4.

    Godman Guard Station

    3 Reviews
    11 Photos
    9 Saves
    Dixie, Washington

    Overview

    Godman Guard Station, built in the 1930s, sits just outside the impressive Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. The complex is adjacent to a historic Civilian Conservation Corps campground. Horseback riding and hiking trails into the wilderness are easily accessed from the cabin. Horses are permitted in the area, however, due to sanitary reasons, horses are not allowed near the guard station. Horses may be tied to the barn___s hitching rails located about 200 yards up the hill. The barn cannot be used by renters, just the hitching rails and feed bunks. Winter access is by snowmobile, snowshoes or cross country skis. A groomed snowmobile trail passes right by the cabin.

    Recreation

    Guests will delight in viewing scenery along Skyline Drive Road and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. During the summer months, horseback riding or hiking in the wilderness are popular pastimes. Many trails descend into the rugged river canyons and offer fishing opportunities. Check with the appropriate state Department of Fish and Wildlife for regulations. The Godman Trailhead can be accessed from the cabin. In winter, campers enjoy snowmobiling on groomed trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

    Facilities

    Guests will delight in viewing scenery along Skyline Drive Road and the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. During the summer months, horseback riding or hiking in the wilderness are popular pastimes. Many trails descend into the rugged river canyons and offer fishing opportunities. Check with the appropriate state Department of Fish and Wildlife for regulations. The Godman Trailhead can be accessed from the cabin. In winter, campers enjoy snowmobiling on groomed trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

    Natural Features

    Godman Guard Station is perched above the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness at an elevation of 5,600 feet. From a barn about 100 yards up the hill from the cabin, expansive views of the wilderness can be seen. The wilderness includes nearly 180,000 acres of rugged basaltic ridges, steep canyons, rushing rivers and their tributaries and abundant wildlife. Rocky Mountain Elk, bighorn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer, black bears, cougars, coyotes and pine martens inhabit the region.

    Nearby Attractions

    The cabin is 28 miles or a one-hour drive from Dayton. Groceries and fuel are available. The Tucannon Last Resort Store is also about an hour's drive away.

    Charges & Cancellations

    For Reservation Changes & Cancellation Fees, please see Rules & Reservation Policies.

    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $60 - $75 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Walla Walla Forest Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Walla Walla Forest Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Walla Walla Forest Camp
    Camper-submitted photo from Walla Walla Forest Camp

    5.

    Walla Walla Forest Camp

    2 Reviews
    4 Photos
    49 Saves
    Joseph, Oregon

    The Walla Walla Forest Camp is one of several small campgrounds located along the Wild and Scenic Lostine River. Tucked alongside the river in a cool fir and pine tree forest, the campground is popular during the summer for local and regional campers visiting the Lostine Canyon and Eagle Cap Wilderness.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • ADA Access
    • Tents
    • Equestrian
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from West Eagle Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Eagle Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Eagle Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Eagle Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Eagle Meadow Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from West Eagle Meadow Campground

    6.

    West Eagle Meadow Campground

    3 Reviews
    7 Photos
    52 Saves
    Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon

    The West Eagle Meadows Trailhead is one of the 'late season' trailheads to open in the early summer due to the area's heavy snow accumulation and high elevation. Located near West Eagle Creek and meadow, this site is frequented by hikers and equestrians alike who want to enjoy a day or extended trip into the Eagle Cap Wilderness area. The combination trailhead and equestrian camp offers parking facilities for both stock and non-stock users, and has hitching rails, a loading ramp and feed bunks. The West Eagle trail provides access to Echo, Traverse, Diamond and Tombstone lakes as well as a beautiful trip along the Minam River. You can also access many other destinations in the wilderness from this trail. Fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities abound as you travel through diverse landscapes of meadows, lakes, and mountains. Adjacent to the trailhead is the West Eagle Meadows Campground with tent and walk-in campsites and a picnic area. A printable map and additional information about the area.

    • Pets
    • Reservable
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian
    • Toilets
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fork John Day
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fork John Day
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fork John Day
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fork John Day
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fork John Day
    Camper-submitted photo from North Fork John Day

    7.

    North Fork John Day

    3 Reviews
    12 Photos
    33 Saves
    Sumpter, Oregon

    Overview

    This campground sits along the Wild and Scenic North Fork John Day River at the junction of the Blue Mountain and Elkhorn Scenic Byways. It features 20 campsites, 3 accessible toilet facilities, and stock handling facilities. There is no potable water or garbage service, so please pack your garbage home.____ This campground serves as the eastern access point to the North Fork John Day Wilderness via North Fork John Day River Trail #3022. The area offers hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, berry and mushroom picking, sight-seeing, and photography opportunities. In spring and fall you can see the salmon spawning. Special state fishing regulations apply.__ If you like to drive, you can pick up the Ukiah-Granite Roadside Geology auto tour brochure from the camp host or the Ranger District.__

    Recreation

    This campground serves as the eastern portal into the North Fork John Day Wilderness and offers hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, sight-seeing, and photography. Berries and mushrooms can be found in season. If you like to drive, you can pick up the Ukiah-Granite Roadside Geology auto tour brochure from the camp host or the Ranger District office. if you are interested in history, there are numerous remnants of mining left from the turn of the century, Remember, historic objects, even if they look like trash, are protected by law and may not be removed.

    Facilities

    This campground serves as the eastern portal into the North Fork John Day Wilderness and offers hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, sight-seeing, and photography. Berries and mushrooms can be found in season. If you like to drive, you can pick up the Ukiah-Granite Roadside Geology auto tour brochure from the camp host or the Ranger District office. if you are interested in history, there are numerous remnants of mining left from the turn of the century, Remember, historic objects, even if they look like trash, are protected by law and may not be removed.

    Natural Features

    The campground is set amidst a lodgepole pine forest, with over half of the sites in the shade. The perennial North Fork John Day River runs adjacent to the campground where you can see spawning steelhead and chinook salmon in spring and fall. In the surrounding forests live coyotes, deer, elk, wolves, bear, and cougar, plus a myriad of small animal species.____

    Nearby Attractions

    The historic mining town of Granite is 9 miles south. State of Oregon Parks has a restored dredge that can be toured in the town of Sumpter, 22 miles south. Olive Lake is 21 miles south and west of the campground, and offers fishing , crawfishing, swimming, motorized boating (no wake allowed) and nearby trails for hiking/horseback riding (horses are not allowed in the campground). The lake-turned-reservior was constructed as part of a hydroelectric system to support gold mining activities in the northern Blue Mountain Region in the early 1900's. Historically, water from the lake flowed through a wooden pipeline for 9 miles to the Fremont Powerhouse, where it was used to produce electricity for mines and towns.__The Powerhouse is approximately 14 miles south and west of the NFJD Campground on the same road that accesses Olive Lake.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Equestrian

    $25 / night

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      8.

      Shady Campground

      1 Review
      7 Saves
      Joseph, Oregon

      Shady Campground is a small rustic campground located along the Wild and Scenic Lostine River. Nestled in a 'shady' cool fir and pine tree forest, the campground is popular during the summer for local and regional campers visiting the Lostine Canyon and Eagle Cap Wilderness. This campground is adjacent to the Maxwell Trailhead which climbs into the wilderness.

      • RVs
      • Tents
      • Equestrian
      • Standard (Tent/RV)
      • Toilets
      • Alcohol
      Camper-submitted photo from Panjab Campground

      9.

      Panjab Campground

      2 Reviews
      1 Photo
      48 Saves
      Dayton, Washington

      Panjab Campground offers opportunities for hunting, hiking, swimming and bicycling. Just beyond the campground is the trailhead for Rattlesnake Trail #3129 that accesses Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. This campground is located along Tucannon Springs River; which is a favorite area for mushrooming, hiking, and just relaxing listening to nature. . No camping with stock at Panjab Campground. Stock facilities are available 3 miles up Forest Service Road 4713 at Panjab Trailhead. Please Leave-No-Trace.

      • Pets
      • Fires
      • Tents
      • Group
      • Equestrian
      • Standard (Tent/RV)

      $8 / night

      Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Mirror Lake BackCountry Sites
      Camper-submitted photo from Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Mirror Lake BackCountry Sites
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    According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular equestrian campground near Umatilla National Forest is Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area with a 3.5-star rating from 24 reviews.

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