Camping with Horses and Mules

If you’ve never gone camping with horses 

Base camp out of truck and trailer

Pack in to a base camp and take day rides from there.

Light weight packing

Multi-day packing

Ride-through pick up drops

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace Camping

Leave No Trace

Plan Ahead, Be Prepared

Choose a destination which is appropriate for your group to visit.

Schedule your trip during an appropriate time.

Avoid travel during periods when your presence can damage trails or disrupt wildlife.

Be sure to provide or appoint leaders for your group who are knowledgable about Leave No Trace.

Educate your group about Leave No Trace practices before you travel. 

Discuss the rules and regulations for your destination before you go.

Use the proper equipment.

Plan your meals so that you take the right things in the right amounts.

Study enough ecology of the area so that you understand your potential impact.

Take responsibility for yourself.



Do No Damage

What impact does your passing have?

Concentrate use in popular areas: stay on established trails, don’t short-cut or go around fallen timber, don’t go on the edge of the trail-stay in the middle, use established campsites,

Walk and camp on “durable” surfaces


Dispersed use in untouched areas. (Avoid Campsite Sprawl) 

Don’t cut branches, dig trenches, move rocks, build furniture,  let stock paw or dig, kill grass, disturb soil, scar trees with burns or graffitti, break branches, use wire or nails on trees, don’t use trees as targets for knives or hatchets, 

Wear camp shoes instead of boots with lug soles meant for climbing rocks, 

Don’t destroy vegetation and watch for tender plants

Step gently if you must go off trail

Avoid forming trails around your campsite

Before leaving, rake up your foot prints and areas under your tents

Scatter rocks naturally

Camp no closer than 200 feet to water


Pack It In, Pack It Out


Food waste


Bathing, soaps, etc

Human waste 

Horse waste

Game or fish guts/skins

Unused bait

Horse feed — weed seeds

Don’t bring firewood with you



Campfire Cautions

Use a stove for cooking

Pan fires

Established fire ring or grate

Mound fires

Dry wash or beach fires

Gather only small-diameter downed wood

Saturate ashes with water

Scatter ashes or pack them out

Leave Things Alone

Look– don’t touch.

Don’t leave weed seeds.


Don’t pick up things and move them.

Don’t take things home.

Keep It Wild

Don’t visit during sensitive times

Observe from a distance

Minimize animal disturbances

Keep food away from animals

Don’t feed wild animals

Don’t scare animals away from water

Fishing lines, lures and hooks can be dangerous

Uncooked rice

Bear safety

Elk and moose safety

Snake safety

Control your dog

Avoid travel at dusk, dawn and night



Don't Be a Jerk

Be considerate of others

Respect others

Yield to others

Keep a low profile

Don’t overpower the sound of nature