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
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
Bathing, soaps, etc
Game or fish guts/skins
Horse feed — weed seeds
Don’t bring firewood with you
Use a stove for cooking
Established fire ring or grate
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
Elk and moose safety
Control your dog
Avoid travel at dusk, dawn and night
Don't Be a Jerk
Be considerate of others
Yield to others
Keep a low profile
Don’t overpower the sound of nature